Phyllis Diller Dies At 95

Phyllis Diller

Phyllis Diller, left, on the set of RECOiL with writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, right. Diller played the role of Mrs. Burrows: Mother of Detective Robert Burrows.

Los Angeles—Legendary actress and comedienne Phyllis Diller died Monday at her home. She was 95.

Diller made her debut as a comic in March 1955 at The Purple Onion in San Francisco. But her career really took off when Bob Hope had her appear in his TV specials, of which she ended up doing 23 over the years.

Besides the Hope specials, Diller appeared on television in “The New Scooby-Doo Movies,” “The Muppet Show,” “Love American Style” and “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

On the big screen, she appeared in films such as “Splendor in the Grass,” “A Bug’s Life,” “RECOiL” and “The Sunshine Boys.”

She is survived by three of her six children, Perry, Suzanne and Sally. Her son Peter died in 1998 from cancer at the age of 58, her daughter Stephanie died in 2002 from a stroke at 54 and another son lived for two weeks in an incubator after he was born. She was married and divorced twice, and was not married at the time of her death. Continue reading

“I Was In Love With Patrick Dempsey When He Was A Gawky Teenager:” A TDQ Q&A With Actress/Dancer/Singer/Writer Danielle Bouloy

Danielle BouloyThis week we chat with actress/singer/dancer/writer Danielle Bouloy. Danielle spoke to us about her numerous, numerous jobs, her association with FitVentures, her cameo in “The Fire Project,” and not settling in her life or career. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Danielle Bouloy:

The Daily Quarterly: How did you hear about

Danielle Bouloy: Same way I hear about all incredibly vital news organizations: Facebook. Some time in the not-so-distant past, I noticed that my handy-dandy Facebook Home Page was slowly becoming cluttered with ubiquitous posts by my childhood friend, Brian DiMaio. That was my first inkling there was a new, hard-hitting news periodical clogging up the interwebs. Continue reading

Just Sit Right Back And You’ll Hear A Tale: Sherwood Schwartz Dies At 94

Sherwood Schwartz

Producer Sherwood Schwartz on the set of RECOiL with writer/director Brian DiMaio.

Los Angeles—Sherwood Schwartz, creator and producer of television classics “Gilligan’sIsland” and “The Brady Bunch,” died Tuesday morning in his sleep. He was 94.

He got his start in show business by writing jokes for Bob Hope’s radio program in 1938.

He won an Emmy Award in 1961 for his work on “The Red Skelton Show.”

Though probably best remembered as the creator “The Brady Bunch,” he was no one-trick pony. His prolific career also saw him create “The Brady Bunch Hour,” “The Brady Brides” and “The Bradys.” He also co-wrote the theme song to “The Brady Bunch.”
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