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Beyond the Spotlight

On the Road With Phyllis Diller

Robin Skone-Palmer

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Publication date: April 1, 2013 (no foolin')
Publisher: Wigeon Publishing
Distributor: Ingram Content Group
Copyright © 2013 by Robin Skone-Palmer
Genre: Biography, Memoir, Humor
Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN): 2013934392
    • Trade Paperback, 6x9, 284 pages, includes photos
       = ISBN-10: 0985972882
       = ISBN-13: 978-0-9859728-8-2
       = $16.95
    • Ebook, includes photos
       = ISBN-10: 0985972890
       = ISBN-13: 978-0-9859728-9-9
       = $6.99

Front-cover photo courtesy of the Phyllis Diller Estate, all rights reserved.

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Robin Skone-Palmer - Phyllis Diller

A memoir by the woman who worked as Phyllis Diller's personal secretary, 1970-1972.

As Robin Skone-Palmer approached the mansion on Rockingham Avenue one hot September afternoon, she didn’t know what to expect. “Ask for Phyllis Diller,” the employment agent had said.

Curious as much as nervous, Robin studied the beautiful house. Three-and-a-half hours later, she walked away wondering if she’d just stepped into Alice’s Wonderland.

Plane travel, foreign countries, celebrities, and television studios became part of everyday life—from This Is Tom Jones in London to the Glass Festival in Elwood, Indiana.

They shared raucous laughter, mind-numbing boredom, and occasionally absolute terror. The work relationship became a friendship that lasted to the day of Phyllis’s death at that same Rockingham mansion in Brentwood.

Join Robin beyond the spotlight, on the road with Phyllis Diller. You'll be glad you did.

Don't take our word for it. Phyllis endorsed it herself (before she died), saying:

Robin Skone-Palmer has written a book — it is FABULOUS!

— Phyllis Diller

And here's what her son says:

I laughed a lot. What a wonderful, insightful, bright observation of a another time and place. You are kind and fair. Thank you for your service to my mother.

— Perry Diller

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About the Author Robin Skone-Palmer - Phyllis Diller

Robin Skone-Palmer served as Phyllis Diller's personal secretary during the early 1970s as the comedienne achieved the fame and adoration she retained the rest of her career. Robin and Phyllis remained life-long friends.

Robin also wrote a number of poems that Phyllis used for her holiday greeting cards.

As a "Dustbiter" — a term coined by Phyllis in reference to her former employees — Robin attended several reunions of Phyllis's assistants prior to the comedienne's death in 2012.

Robin now lives in Las Vegas with her two cats. She divides her time between golf, pottery, and teaching after-school Bible clubs. She also collects wine—at least long enough to chill it before she pulls the cork.

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