So sad to report that one of my heroines has passed away. Phyillis Diller has left this mortal coil after just turning 95 last month. She had suffered a fall which resulted in the dreaded breaking of the hip, and while she was in hospice, well, you know the rest.
I’ve only begun to be truly appreciative of her contributions when I learned that she didn’t even start to do comedy until she was 37 years old. At an age where many women are getting the signal from society that their relevance is waning because they’re no longer hot mamas or can have kids, for her to invent an entirely new life that she loved, is inspirational to me. You’re never too old, people!
But just like old places closing, old folks never stay around forever. So cherish the ones who are here, and think fondly of those who have gone.
If you’re interested in learning more about Phyllis Diller, I highly recommend the movie Goodnight, We Love You , made in 2004 about her life.