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Recalling Phyllis Diller in Spokane

The brash comedian, who has passed away at 95, performed in Spokane twice during the 1980s.

In September of 1981, she was the featured attraction when the Spokane Symphony opened its season.

She played some Beethoven and Bach on the piano, did a comedy routine and even sang a little.

In his review, the S-R's Travis Rivers had nothing but good things to say about her.

While here, she signed copies of her book — “The Joys of Aging & How To Avoid Them” — at The Crescent.

In August of 1987, Diller was back in Spokane to perform at the national convention of the Eagles lodge.

The headline on Tom Sowa's review read: “Diller gets Eagles off to flying start.”

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Features writer Paul Turner is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in the Features department. He writes "The Slice" column, which appears six times a week and produces general features stories for the Today section.

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