Phyllis Diller Net Worth

Net Worth: $15 Million
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  • Birth Place:

    Lima, Ohio, United States
  • Marital Status:

    Divorced (Warde Donovan)
  • Full Name:

    Phyllis Ada Driver
  • Nationality:

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About Phyllis Ada Driver

Phyllis Diller parlayed her life as a housewife turned into a profitable stand-up comedian. The daughter of an insurance man, Phyllis Driver had hopes of becoming a concert pianist which led her to attending Chicago's Sherwood Music Conservatory. Her zany behavior while attending Northwestern University and her 1939 elopement with her first husband Sherwood Diller put a temporary end to her musical career.

Several years and many children later, a bored Diller went to work for the advertising department of a California department store, then got a writing job at an Oakland radio station. A knack for making people laugh at church and club functions prompted Diller (with her husband's encouragement) to set her sights on a comedy career. She studied acting and scrutinized the techniques of her favorite male comedians, finally making her nightclub debut in 1955 at San Francisco's Purple Onion, a progressive nightclub which presaged the "comedy workshops" of today. Eighty-nine additional weeks at the Purple Onion enabled Diller to hone her skills to perfection; her first comedy record album appeared in 1959, with numerous TV and stage appearances quickly following suit. Diller developed an outrageous comedy persona, complete with grotesque wigs, garish costumes and her trademarked cackling laugh. Though always a favorite with live audiences, Diller was never quite able to sustain her appeal on film: her 1966 TV series The Pruitts of Southhampton was unsuccessful, as was her only starring feature film, Did You Hear the One About the Travelling Saleslady? (1968). In the last two decades, Phyllis Diller has periodically altered her public personality, "improving" her plain but distinctive facial features with plastic surgery, concentrating more time on piano concerts and less on stand-up comedy and confining her TV appearances to Home Shopping programs and "psychic hotline" infotainment half-hours.

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Earnings 2012

Asset 2012
Market value of Diller's estate/house in Los Angeles, California a month after Diller died; sold via auction

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