Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Phyllis Diller, the famous...

...comedienne, died at age 95. Although not much of a fan, I was vaguely aware that she'd had "some work done," but not to this extent (my emphasis): 

She became one of the first celebrities not just to have plastic surgery but also to acknowledge and even publicize that fact. By the 1990s she had had more than a dozen operations, including two nose jobs, three face-lifts, a chemical peel, a breast reduction, cheek implants, an eyeliner tattoo and bonded teeth. 

And I had certainly never heard of her talent at the keyboard (skip to 1:30 in the above clip): 

Between 1971 and 1981 she appeared as a piano soloist with some 100 symphony orchestras across the country under the transparently phony name Dame Illya Dillya. Although her performances were spiced with humor, she took the music seriously. A review of one of her concerts in The San Francisco Examiner called her “a fine concert pianist with a firm touch.”

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