The Best of Phyllis Diller

The Best of Phyllis Diller

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Comedy LP recording of Phyllis Diller titled The Best of Phyllis Diller and released in 1960. Side 1 contains "Don't Eat Here" (1:08); "The Way I Dress" (2:55); "Beadcraft" (1:47); "Hypochondriac" (2:05); "The Management" (4:10); and "Cheese and Turkey" (5:38). Side 2 contains "Tight Wad Airlines" (11:50); "Plastic Surgery" (2:30); "Lipstick" (2:20); and "The New Cosmetic" (1:15).

Phyllis Diller (1917-2012) began her comedy career in the 1950s at the age of 37 and broke barriers in the comedy world to become the first solo female comic to be a household name. She developed a stage persona of an incompetent housewife and dressed in outlandish outfits with wild hair. Her material focused on self-deprecating jokes that tackled the idealized image of American mothers and homemakers. She also created many mythical personas for her stage act including her “husband” Fang, her “neighbor” Mrs. Clean, and her “mother-in-law” Moby Dick.

Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Sound Recording
date made
1961
publisher
Verve
maker
Diller, Phyllis
Verve
place made
United States
Physical Description
vinyl (overall material)
cardboard (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 12 1/2 in x 12 1/2 in; 31.75 cm x 31.75 cm
ID Number
2003.0289.27
accession number
2003.0289
catalog number
2003.0289.27
Credit Line
Gift of Phyllis Diller
subject
Humor
Comedians
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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