Diller started her career when she was 37 years old. She was a contestant on the '50s television game show You Bet Your Life, hosted by Groucho Marx
. After that, she was booked at the Purple Onion nightclub in San Francisco for two weeks -- and extended her stay for 87 more. She went on tour from there.
Diller was educated at the Sherwood Music Conservatory in Chicago and at Bluffton College in Ohio. She had five children and was married and divorced twice. She lived in Los Angeles, where she died in her sleep at home on August 20, 2012; Phyllis Diller was 95 years old. ~ Sandy Lawson, Rovi