Phyllis Diller Blazed Comedic and Plastic Surgery Trail

Phillis Diller - Plastic Surgery PioneerPhillis Diller, a comedy pioneer who was also a trailblazer in her public acknowledgement of having plastic surgery, died yesterday at the age of 95.

"The older I get, the funnier I get," she said in 1961 at the age of 44. "Think what I'll save in not having my face lifted."

By the time she was 55 she in fact did get her face lifted along with a series of plastic surgery procedures she candidly discussed in public, most notably in her 2005 autobiography where she acknowledged having "fifteen different procedures."

She was described in a 1995 Orlando Sentinel article as a "plastic surgery résumé, which is printed on rainbow-colored paper and, after 22 years of work and 17 procedures done by nine surgeons, is threatening to spill onto a second page. There was 1985, a particularly busy year: She had a brow lift, nose job (the second), under-eye lift, cheek implants, eye-liner tattoo and she had her teeth bonded."

Her numerous surgeries were the subject of a 20/20 segment in 1993, and she was given an award by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery for "the tremendous breakthrough in acceptance for our field, when she was the first person to have the courage to proclaim her surgery and show her results publicly."




Further Reading

  • Vanessa Bryant has denied that she’s had plastic surgery to stop her husband Kobe Bryant from straying. Recent rumors are suggesting that Bryant has undergone surgery to improve her appearance and a source has told the press that she “would do anything to keep Kobe happy”.  Rumors spread after recent photos of Bryant at the London 2012 Olympic Games. She has dyed her hair black and her nose appears to be much thinner and narrower. Her eyebrows also appear to be much higher than before, and her skin tone has changed. Pictures of her before and after this alleged makeover have been posted by The Daily Mail.

  • We’ve all heard about celebrities going under the knife to improve their looks and enhance their appearance, and while some do manage to enhance their looks with a nip and tuck, others fall victim to a plastic surgery disaster. Celebrities including Tara Reid and Amanda Lepore have been criticized and publicly humiliated after repeat plastic surgery procedures that have led to disaster. Fortunately for stars like Tara Reid, revision surgery has helped to correct the deformities and irregularities caused by the botched procedure. Still, many celebrities aren’t so lucky and have to find ways to mask their anti-aging disaster.

  • Heidi Montag is no stranger to plastic surgery, having undergone 10 plastic surgery procedures in a single day back in 2010. The star has had breast augmentation, liposuction, multiple nose jobs, and several other procedures to become what US Magazine describes as, “an over-the-top version of her”. Montag reportedly won’t be going under the knife again and recently told Celebuzz that, “It was a lot more than I could have expected. I really hate talking about it now because it was so long ago.”