Phyllis Diller Net Worth at Death – Salary, Income, Earnings

Phyllis Diller Net Worth

Phyllis Diller had an estimated net worth of $15 million. First noticed as a contestant on Groucho Marx’s game show, Phyllis Diller went on to become a successful comedian, actress and author. She earned most of her income from her career as a comedian. 

Phyllis Diller, an actress, and comedian, rose to prominence as a contestant on Groucho Marx’s game show, and went on to become a successful comedian, actress, and author, distinguished by her eccentric costumes, overdone makeup, and trademark laugh. She received the American Comedy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1992. Diller was also a talented pianist and writer.

To calculate the net worth of Phyllis Diller, subtract all her liabilities from her total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity she has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.

Here’s the breakdown of her net worth:

Name: Phyllis Diller
Net Worth: $15 Million
Monthly Salary: $100 Thousand
Annual Income: $3 Million
Source of Wealth: Comedian, Actor, Voice Actor

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Early Life

Diller was born on July 17, 1917, in Lima, Ohio, as Phyllis Ada Driver. Diller was Frances and Perry Driver’s only child. She attended the Sherwood Music Conservatory in Chicago for three years after graduating from high school before eloping with Sherwood Diller in 1939. The couple quickly relocated to California, where they raised six children (one of their children died in infancy).

Breakthrough Role

Diller appeared as a contestant on Groucho Marx’s game show, You Bet Your Life, in the mid-1950s, while working as a journalist for the San Leandro News-Observer. Her memorable performance on the show paved the way for national recognition. She was invited to make her comedic debut at San Francisco’s Purple Onion Comedy Club, where she wowed the audience with her dynamic one-liners and comical costumes. This success led to future bookings at the Blue Angel in New York, as well as an appearance on The Jack Paar Show.

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Comedy Routine

In her monologues, Diller assumed the stage persona of a typical housewife and discussed issues affecting American suburbia, such as children, pets, neighbors, and even mothers-in-law. Her most memorable routines included anecdotes about her fictitious husband, “Fang,” and her numerous face-lifts. Diller’s delivery was enhanced by her animated facial expressions, eccentric costumes, overdone make-up, and her trademark loud, cackling laugh. During her performances, she would frequently flaunt a cigarette and cackle at her own jokes.

Acting Highlights

In 1961, Diller landed her first minor film role as Texas Guinan in Elia Kazan’s Splendour in the Grass. She also appeared in several low-budget films with her longtime friend and comedian Bob Hope, including Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number (1966), Eight On the Lam (1967) and The Private Navy of Sgt. O’Farrell (1968). Diller also made recurring appearances on Hope’s annual Christmas special (1965-94).

Diller made her first stage appearance in The Dark Top of the Stairs (1961). However, her most notable theatrical appearance was in 1970, when she replaced Carol Channing as Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly! on Broadway. After Hello, Dolly!, Diller did not return to the stage until 1988, when she played the feisty Mother Superior in San Francisco’s Nunsense.

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Personal Life and Death

Diller divorced Sherman Anderson Diller after a 26-year marriage in 1965. They divorced in September of that year, and Diller married Ward Donovan less than a month later. Diller shifted her creative focus to television in the late 1960s. In 1966, she created the sitcom The Pruitts of Southampton, and two years later, in 1968, she created the variety show The Phyllis Diller Show.

Diller, in addition to her comedic abilities, was an accomplished concert pianist and author. Diller performed as a solo pianist throughout America for ten years, from 1972 to 1982, under the pseudonym “Dame Illya Pillya,” with over 100 symphony orchestras. Throughout her career, she published five best-selling books, including Phyllis Diller Tells All About Fang in 1963, Phyllis Diller’s Housekeeping Hints in 1966, Phyllis Diller’s Marriage Manual in 1967, The Complete Mother in 1969, and The Joys of Aging and How to Avoid Them in 1981.

Diller received the American Comedy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1992.

Diller died on August 20, 2012, at her home in Los Angeles’ Brentwood neighborhood, where she had previously served as honorary mayor. She died at the age of 95, leaving behind three children and several grandchildren. Diller’s longtime manager, Milton Suchin, told the Associated Press that Diller “died peacefully in her sleep, and with a smile on her face.”

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