Phyllis Diller didn't start her career as a stand-up comic until she was 37, but since then she has provided six decades of saucy entertainment. She has served as the inspiration for female comics including Joan Rivers, Whoopi Goldberg, and Lily Tomlin, and she continues to inspire others as well. This look into Diller's comedic talent and legacy was created by the staff members at the Albert H. Small - Documents Gallery, which is part of the Smithsonian's American History Museum. The site contains six different areas including "The Gag File" and "Looking the Part", which explore different facets of Diller's work and on-stage persona. Each area contains photos and documents that reveal a bit about her work and life. One particularly interesting fact about Ms. Diller is that while she frequently appeared on stage with a cigarette holder, she never actually smoked.
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