Wednesday, March 30, 2011

And Now for Someone Completely Different: Phyllis Diller

Do you really have to go through a midlife crisis, a tragedy or a near-death experience to realize what's "important" in life? In my experience interviewing celebrities, it's dramatic life events that spark the discovery of religion (see previous post about Mike Tyson) or awaken a sense of perspective. And the ones who talk the most about being a good person are usually the ones who never used to be.

But I don't think that's the case with Phyllis Diller. At 93, the ground-breaking comic is still kicking. She's got some strong opinions and a valuable, simple point of view. When I asked how she'd like to be remembered, she said, "For being funny." And then she revised her answer. "Well, I should say being kind. I am a kind person. I'm kind to everybody. I treat everybody the same and I'm proud of that. In fact, that's my religion."

In Hollywood, that's a rarity. It was a joy to sit down with Diller for Out magazine. You can read the story here.

1 comment:

  1. I don't think we see enough of the wonderful Phyllis and it is good to know she is still firing on all her pistons.

    As for the newly "kind" Newt G, whom we see and hear far too much from, he is certainly putting the con into convert.

    Keep mensching!