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Timeline and Marriages of Phyllis Diller


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Marriages of Phyllis Diller
Phyllis Diller in 1981

American comedian Phyllis Diller holds a cigarette filter while wearing white gloves and a top with a feather collar in a 1981 promotional portrait for her book, 'The Joys of Aging & How to Avoid Them'. The image appeared on the book cover.

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First Marriage -- Sherwood Anderson Diller
Married: 1939
Children: 6
Divorced: 1965
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Second Marriage -- Warde Donovan
Married: 1965
Children: 0
Divorced: 1975
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Companion -- Robert P. Hastings
Began: 1985
Children: 0
His Death: 1996
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Phyllis Diller Information:


Phyllis Ada Driver: July 17, 1917 in Lima, Ohio.


Phyllis Diller: On August 20, 2012 at the age of 95, Phyllis died in her sleep at her home in Brentwood, California.


Sherwood and Phyllis had six children.
  • Peter Diller: Born in 1940. Peter died of cancer in 1998.
  • Sally Diller: Born in 1944.
  • Infant Son: Born and died abt. 1945. The baby lived only two weeks.
  • Suzanne Diller: Born in 1946.
  • Stephanie Diller: Born in 1948. Stephanie died of a stroke in 2002.
  • Perry A. Diller: Born in 1950.


Phyllis: Comedian, actress, pianist, copywriter, secretary, painter, author.
Phyllis on performing stand-up comedy: “I don’t want to sound like I’m on dope, but that hour is a high; it’s as good as you can feel. A wonderful, wonderful happiness, and great power.”
Source: Richard Severo, Peter Keepnews. "Laughs Were on Her, by Design." NYTimes.com. 8/20/2012.

Phyllis Diller's Quotes About Marriage:

Phyllis: "Whatever you may look like, marry a man your own age - as your beauty fades, so will his eyesight."
Source: Quotations.about.com

Phyllis Diller's Marriages and Relationships

  • Sherwood Diller and Phyllis Diller
  • Warde Donovan and Phyllis Diller
  • Robert Hastings and Phyllis Diller
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