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More Than Just a Pretty Face!
This book is both a serious and humorous memoir of Phyllis Diller's life as she worked to become one of the first successful female comediennes. We all remember her as the hilarious lady with the crazy hair and clothes who complained about her husband, "Fang," but this book goes in depth to explain her insecure childhood and how by reading a certain inspiring self-help book she began to believe in herself and fulfill her dreams. The text is interspersed with all of her zany jokes and details her life in the '50s and '60s from her early gigs at the Purple Onion in SF to her acts in Miami and Vegas and on TV with Jack Paar and Bob Hope. She even describes all of her plastic surgery and also tugs at your heartstrings when she tells of her failed marriages, her crises with death, and the loss of two of her children. But, she explains how her comedy got her through all the tough times and teaches you to see the glass as always half-full. Some parts were a little overly detailed, but it was a good read.
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Posted February 20, 2013
Phyllis Diller said: "I'm just a comic" and smiled. I
Phyllis Diller said: "I'm just a comic" and smiled. It would have been a lighter and more interesting book if that were the emphasis. Her husband and family members were tossed about unfairly in the book. If the emphasis had been on her work, her line of expertise, this book would not have slipped into the lower realm of today's popular interest in sad stories. There are untruths, serious untruths here. She was quite elderly and easily influenced by styles. Sherwood, for instance, was not chronically unemployed. Alot of confusion. In her earlier reporting, if people were bold enough to ask about things that were private, you would have received positive, helpful, happy, upbeat statements from her. Shame.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 28, 2011
Sad tale of a survivor
It's a very honest and depressing autobiography. She went into excrutiating detail of her truly horrible families and mentioned every petty hurt and injustice done by anyone. The good friends, such as Bob Hope, were one-dimensional and briefly mentioned. The jokes interspersed in the book were jarring and didn't mesh with the tone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 13, 2010
laffin all the way while i was readin
this book is real funny. i can remember her from watchin tv when i was a child and even then laffin. Like A Lampshade In A Whorehose tells bout the life of comedienne phyllis diller who's now in her early 90's. the jokes that are stated ---- OMG. they had me laffin. she went thru a life of things i didnt expect. i love the way she tells bout her life & the jokes/remarks are included (especially her jokes about fang & how this character came about). amazin how 1 can go from entertainer to artist (especially when it comes to her).
i see why her oneliners are so funny. there arent that many entertainers that can away with and do such jokes like that today. she is one of a kind and is still kickin it (and funny). so 4 a good laff this is the book.
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Posted December 25, 2012
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