Yesterday Phyllis Diller died. She was a pioneer, who opened the way for today’s female comics, and a role model of an enduring work ethic. She worked decades past the normal retirement age, quitting only when her personal energy waned. She started her comedic career midlife, yet she performed comedy from the 1950’s through the 2000’s. That’s a longer work career than most of today’s 18 year olds will achieve.
To what did Diller attribute her success?
According to her obituary, “she credited the self-help book, The Magic of Believing by Claude M. Bristol, with giving her the courage to enter the business. For decades she would recommend it to aspiring entertainers, even buying it for them sometimes.”
It all started with a book.