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 poems that Phyllis used for her holiday greeting cards. As a “Dustbiter”—a term coined by Phyllis in reference to her favorite former employees—Robin attended several Dustbiter reunions hosted by Phyllis prior to the comedienne’s death in 2012. Robin 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.
As Robin Skone-Palmer approached the mansion on Rockingham Avenue, she didn’t know what to expect. “Ask for Phyllis Diller,” the employment agent had said. Curious as much as nervous, she studied the beautiful house. Three-and-a-half hours later, she walked away wondering if she’d just stepped into Alice’s Wonderland. Join Robin as she recalls her days as personal secretary for the comedienne.