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

“It Wasn’t Pretty…But The Beginning Is Usually Pretty Rough:” A TDQ Q&A With Comedian Richy Lala

Richy Lala

Richy Lala

This week’s TDQ Q&A features south Florida comedian Richy Lala. Rich talks to us about the best heckling he’s ever encountered, how Bill Cosby changed his life (and no, not because of Pudding Pops) and his favorite Martin Mull-Tim Curry flick. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with comedian Richy Lala:

The Daily Quarterly: How did you hear about

Richy Lala: When I first heard about it…I was 9 years old….my sister Gretel and I had been trail-walking when some old lady told us about it.

TDQ: How excited were you that The Daily Quarterly asked you for an interview?

Lala: It’s pretty much the highlight of my life so far…I haven’t slept since I was approached.

TDQ: What made you want to be in show business?

Lala: Growing up and seeing how people/family members became happy while watching funny entertainers…no matter what was going on in our lives…as a child my entire family, all 6 of us, always sat and enjoyed the Cosby show on Thursdays…30 minutes of happiness…tip my hat to Dr. Huxtable. 
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