A Pioneer Dies Essay

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The article is about the death of a pioneer woman in standup comedy Phyllis Diller; whose crisp, boisterous, rapid-firing stand-up comedy helped open up doors to generations of funny women. Ms. Diller passed away on Monday at her home in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. She was the tender age of 95. Ms. Diller was a 37 year old at home mom when she began comedy, using her marital status for material, assuring audiences that she fed Fang and her youngsters garbage soup and buried her ironing within the ground of her yard. She projected a picture that was part Wicked Witch of the West (which was a role she really played in a St. Louis stage production of “The Wizard of Oz”) and half clown. Phyllis Ada Driver was born on July 17, 1917, in Lima, Ohio, the progeny of Perry Driver, and Frances Ada Romshe. As a juvenile she took an interest in classical music, writing and theater. After temporarily attending the Sherwood Conservatory of Music in Chicago, she entered Bluffton College in Bluffton, Ohio, near Lima, with thoughts of being a music instructor. She did not teach music instead, she met Anderson Diller in her senior year in the same college. They were married in 1939. Her marriage to Diller lasted 26 years; in 1965, the Diller’s called it quits, she remarried Mr. Warde Donovan, an actor. That union also ended, in divorce. She remained with her companion Henry Martin Robert Hastings, a lawyer from 1980, until his death in 1996. It is true her achievements proved that female comedians could be as aggressive, motivated, driven, and as innovative as their male counterparts, and leave an audience just as confound. She opened the way for Joan Rivers, Roseanne Barr, Whoopi Goldberg, Ellen DeGeneres and numerous others. Phyllis Diller was a pioneer comedian. She paved the way for many female comedians in standup comedy. The Diller’s moved to

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