Phyllis Diller's bridge to Atlanta | News
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Legendary entertainer Phyllis Diller died in her Los Angeles home Monday. She was 95.
Ms. Diller was a comedienne, an actress, a musician and an artist. She created a wild-haired, eccentrically-dressed housewife who made jokes about a fictional husband named "Fang." She appeared for many years with Bob Hope and all the titans of American show business.
But Diller also had an Atlanta tie -- in the form of her teeth.
For more than 30 years, Phyllis Diller was a patient and friend of Dr. Ronald Goldstein.
Goldstein is viewed by many as the father of cosmetic dentistry in the United States. He has authored 10 books, including Change Your Smile, which has been translated into 10 languages and has been read by millions.
He has been the dentist to many famous Atlantans, from Mayor Maynard Jackson to Hank Aaron.
Dr. Goldstein says he first met Diller on a flight to the South of France more than 30 years ago. Both were passengers on the Concorde and struck up a conversation about her teeth. A personal and professional friendship ensued.