A BUG'S LIFE
PHYLLIS DILLER (The Queen) lends her unmistakable delivery and gives a crowning performance as this miniature monarch who's been around the island more than a few times and is looking forward to retiring and letting her daughter, Princess Atta, take over
PHYLLIS DILLER (The Queen) lends her unmistakable delivery
and gives a crowning performance as this miniature monarch who's
been around the island more than a few times and is looking forward
to retiring and letting her daughter, Princess Atta, take over
The veteran comic recalls, "I was invited to audition for
a role in this film and I was absolutely thrilled. I did a cold
reading for the part and I got it because I've been a Queen for
so long. I'm pretty much the hot shot of the colony. My character
is just adorable. She's a real winner and all of the animation
is incredible. I have no idea how it's done; magic, I guess."
She adds, "It's nice to be involved with something where
there's a happy ending and the audience goes away happy. Disney
films are marvelous because they retain their meaning through
the ages and it's a great feeling to be part of that legacy."
Acclaimed as the world's only female stand-up comic of international
stature, Diller is approaching her fifth decade in show business.
A "late bloomer," she started her career at age 37.
At the time, she was a housewife and mother of five children
who also worked at radio station KSFO, San Francisco, as a publicist,
writer and columnist. Urged by her husband, Sherwood Diller,
she prepared a night club act and was booked into San Francisco's
Purple Onion where she slithered around a piano, lampooned current
celebrities, brandished a cigarette holder and made fun of high
fashion and life. Her first appearance at the Purple Onion was
on March 7, 1955. Though she was booked for 2 weeks, she stayed
for 89. She followed this debut with a tour, polishing her act
and developing the housewife and daily life routines that have
made her high priestess of the ridiculous. She played the Blue
Angel in New York and appeared on "The Jack Paar Show".
From that point on, her career skyrocketed. In a scant five
years she made it to Carnegie Hall.
Diller's added numerous television, film and stage credits to
her name. Her career in film began with Elia Kazan's "Splendor
in the Grass." She starred with Bob Hope in three films:
"Boy! Did I Get a Wrong Number," "Eight on the
Lam" and "The Private Navy of Sergeant O'Farrell."
On television, she has hosted "The Phyllis Diller Special,"
"An Evening with Phyllis Diller," "The Beautiful
Phyllis Diller Show" and has appeared in shows from "The
Mike Douglas Show," "The Carol Burnett Show," "Later
with Bob Costas" to "Hollywood Squares" and "CHiPs."
Always a popular guest on the late night talk show circuit, she
has appeared on every incarnation of "The Tonight Show"
chatting it up with hosts from Jack Paar to Jay Leno.
She currently has a recurring role on the soap opera "The
Bold and the Beautiful." More recently, she appeared on
"7th Heaven" and before that several episodes of "Blossom"
and "Boy Meets World."
Although film and television have been important to her success,
she has a special fondness for live-stage performances. She's
drawn capacity crowds to virtually every major supper club, Indian
casino and concert hall from Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas to the
Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan. She also ma
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