The Variety Artists Club of New Zealand Magazine: Feb Issue
Last month I was at the Hibiscus Coast Village north of Auckland celebrating their 25th anniversary. They had asked me to unveil a brand new plaque to my dear friend of forty-five years, Phyllis Diller.
So you’re now thinking ‘why did they ask me? Well, twenty-five years ago I brought Phyllis out from Hollywood to open the village by cutting a ribbon and unveiling a plaque. Over the years the plaque had become – shall I say – somewhat weather-beaten? I’m sure you know that Phyllis passed away on the 20th of August last year at the age of 95. Village manager Peter Gasston asked me if I would like to unveil a new plaque, which of course I was delighted to accept in the memory of Phyllis doing the very same thing 25 years ago to the day.
I had the most marvellous day as did Somboon and VAC Secretary Glenda Law who I invited as the village is in her area. Residents of the village entertained us with a very funny sketch that they had written themselves.
Also a group of guys performed several numbers in the style of a barber shop quartet which was tremendous – not to forget a beautiful lunch they put on for us. All in all it was a great way to complete my year
of speaking engagements.
I know that Phyllis would have loved the day, especially knowing that two of her books she had
autographed for the village twenty-five years ago were still in their library and being enjoyed.
~ David Hartnell.
Published in The Variety Artists Club of New Zealand Magazine Feb 2013.