In the event of a government shutdown, American History will remain OPEN through at least Saturday, October 7, by using prior year funds. Visit for updates.

Pantyhose worn by Phyllis Diller on 1987 USO Christmas Tour

Pantyhose worn by Phyllis Diller on 1987 USO Christmas Tour

Usage conditions apply
Description (Brief)

Phyllis Diller wore these red pantyhose as part of an outfit also including a red and white Santa dress with belt, pair of red panties, white gloves, and a head band with a white pompom at the end of a rod, when she joined Bob Hope’s USO tour of the Persian Gulf in 1987. Other members of the 1987 tour included I Dream of Jeannie actress Barbara Eden, Connie Stevens and her daughters Joely and Tricia Leigh Fisher, “God Bless the USA” singer Lee Greenwood, and Miss USA Michelle Royer.

Diller was lifelong friends with Bob Hope, co-starring with him in 3 films and many TV specials. In 1978, the USO of Philadelphia, Inc. awarded Diller the USO Liberty Bell Award “for demonstrating concern for the welfare and morale of America’s armed forces.” The award is also at NMAH (Catalog Number 2003.0289.42).

Currently not on view
Object Name
Date made
ca 1987
Physical Description
nylon (overall material)
elastic (overall material)
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Phyllis Diller
Holidays and Celebrations, general
See more items in
Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
Popular Entertainment
Phyllis Diller
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.

Note: Comment submission is temporarily unavailable while we make improvements to the site. We apologize for the interruption. If you have a question relating to the museum's collections, please first check our Collections FAQ. If you require a personal response, please use our Contact page.