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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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