Phyllis Diller…

20 Aug

Odd the way some things are.  I have a few journals that I use to write down favorite quotes.  This morning I thumbed through one to see what I wanted to post.  I came really close to using the one below and for some reason chose the Churchill quote.  Needless to say I got chills when I read of her passing.  I’ve had the quote for years, not sure why it stood out this morning and I don’t even know why I chose against it.  Like I said, odd the way some things are.

I’ve always been a huge Phyllis Diller fan.  My husband and I were lucky enough to watch her perform live on a cruise some years ago.  Afterward, we sat next to her at the bar and listened as she told the group stories.  We all laughed and laughed.  Her stories were good, her laugh infectious.

She would appear on stage with out of control hair, and outfits that were louder than her signature laugh.  She was a self-deprecating comedianne who constantly joked about her age and appearance, her terrible cooking, and her husband “Fang”, all the while pretending to smoke from a long cigarette holder. 

One of my favorite memories was her riding a motorcyle in the movie “Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number” with Bob Hope.  If you’ve never seen it, I highly recommend this comedy classic.  I found the clip as I was writing this post and of course I laughed again. 

Here’s my second quote of the day… sad it has to come today.  

“My idea of exercise is a good brisk sit.”

  ~ Phyllis Diller (1917-2012)

Rest in Peace Ms. Diller and thanks for all laughs! 

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2 Responses to “Phyllis Diller…”

  1. Dava Desjarlais August 21, 2012 at 3:48 am #

    I am saddened by Phyllis Diller’s passing. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting her in person as you were lucky enough to do, I loved her sense of humor & her style. She was a “class act” & will be missed. She was one of a kind. May she rest in peace.

    • My Bungalow Days August 21, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

      Phyllis was among a group of entertainers who had a style and knack for comedy that made us laugh and most of all think. So much humor today is classless and really appears to push the envelope at every opportunity just to get a laugh. I’m a throwback for sure and as each of these comedy legends passes, it just reminds me what a sad state our society’s “idea of funny” is in today. There are certainly a few exceptions out there, Jerry Seinfeld for one. He never stoops to off-color or offensive material to get a laugh. He doesn’t target people either, which I respect. Maybe that’s why Johnny had him on his show so many times. Johnny Carson was one of a kind, and his breed of fellow entertainers is slowly dying out. May they all rest in peace knowing they gave us countless hours of entertainment and a lifetime of memories. Thanks for stopping in and commening Dava, I appreciate it. Have a great day!

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