“I don’t miss the travel. I miss the laughter. I do miss the actual hour. I don’t want to sound like I’m on dope, but that hour is a high; it’s as good as you can feel. A wonderful, wonderful happiness, and great power.”
— PHYLLIS DILLER, in 2005, asked if she missed performing comedy; she starred in her final show in 2002, after suffering a heart attack three years earlier.
(Quote via the New York Times; photo of Diller performing during a 1967 USO show in Vietnam by the AP via the Times)
Watch Diller perform on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ in 1969.