Comedian Phyllis Diller has died, manager says
August 20th, 2012
03:26 PM ET

Comedian Phyllis Diller has died, manager says

Comedian Phyllis Diller, known for her self-deprecating humor, died "peacefully in her sleep" at her Los Angeles home Monday morning, her manager told CNN. Diller was 95.

"Her son, Perry, found her with a smile on her face," Milt Suchin said.

Diller , who paved the way for female comedians, began her legendary stand-up comedy career at the age of 37.

"We lost a comedy legend today," comedian Ellen DeGeneres tweeted. "Phyllis Diller was the queen of the one-liners. She was a pioneer."

Diller's career as a stand-up comic skyrocketed in the 1960s, partly because of her many appearances with Bob Hope on his television specials and USO tours. Diller remained good friends with Hope until his death.

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She became a pop culture icon for her disparaging jokes about her looks, her cooking and her husband "Fang."

"She was a true pioneer," said talent agent Fred Wostbrock. "She was the first lady of stand-up comedy. She paved the way for everybody. She paved the way for Joan Rivers, Chelsea Handler, Roseanne Barr, Ellen Degeneres, and all the women stand-up comics. She was the first and the best."

Comedian Whoopi Goldberg tweeted that she was said the world lost a funny, classy and smart woman like Diller.

"A true original has died," Goldberg tweeted, adding that there was nobody who looked or sounded like her.

Diller's first appearance on TV was as a contestant on Groucho Marx's show "You Bet Your Life."

Diller was also known her for hilarious roasts of major personalities. You can watch her roast Ronald Reagan here:

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  1. us_1776

    R.I.P Phyllis.

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    August 20, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kayla

    Sad to hear about her passing.
    Just a heads up to the editor, the word "death" is spelled wrong.

    August 20, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Expatinsf

    RIP Phyllis – we loved you! Thanks for all the laughs!

    August 20, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Chris

    All entertainment's greats are dying. Now we're left with Kim Kardashian, Chris Brown and other talentless losers.

    August 20, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RC Roeder

    She was an interesting character and will be missed.

    August 20, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Genell

    Rest In Peace!

    August 20, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. John G

    Rest in peace and thanks for all the great comedy!

    August 20, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. T

    death*

    August 20, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. GenXfactor

    Not a bad Life!

    Rest In Peace

    August 20, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Daniel

    RIP Darling.

    August 20, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. WVLady63

    Goodbye Funny Lady, you will truly be missed! Thank you so much for all of the laughter you gave us!

    August 20, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Pan3

    Thanks for the laughs Phyllis! The world is a bit less funny now...

    August 20, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. sbp

    95? She didn't look a day over 90.
    Thirty years ago.

    Ba Dump Bump.

    August 20, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. EM

    Spell-check is a GOOD thing.

    August 20, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yep

      So much for editors! They don't have those anymore in news! Instead they have hired a bunch of 20-something "bloggers" to write their articles now.

      Crying shame about Phyllis though! RIP!

      August 20, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. sheila snyder

    RIP Ms. Diller – now u can share your laughs and humor with your friend Bob Hope for all the folks upstairs..u will be sorely missed!

    August 20, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
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