Phyllis Diller, Comedian and Trailblazer, Leaves Us at 95
Phyllis Diller, she of the cigarette holder, crazy laugh and crazy hair, left this planet yesterday. I heard an interview with her done when she was 93 on the program Q on CBC radio tonight, and she mentioned that she used the power of her mind to overcome negativity and rejection, which many stand-up comics face when they first start out. She began her career as a comic in her late 30's, when women were few and far between in stand-up comedy. She competed with men on their own turf, said Joan Rivers, and she did it brilliantly.
"Housework can't kill you, but why take a chance?"
"Aim high, and you won't shoot your foot off."
"Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home."
"The only thing domestic about me is I was born in this country."
"A smile is a curve that sets everything straight."
The CBC interview revealed a side of Phyllis Diller that showed she was dialed in to her inner shaman.
"I have no room in my life for sad. Just don't give it any time at all. We can all control our thoughts, and I kept my thoughts on the positive. I envisioned myself surrounded by a cape of white feathers, and that kept me going."
"What I'd like to be remembered for? Kindness."