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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soundoff (136 Responses)
  1. Profit

    Class Act! She rode in at the last second to take the heat off of Tony Scott. Nice.

    August 20, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Eman

    95 is a good long time. She was an icon.

    August 20, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. slinky

    HAW, HAW, HAW.

    She said that so well. We all imitate it now, but it will never have the bight and humor that she gave it. I don't think she expressed the phrase as maliciously as it's often delivered now.

    August 20, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. McIver3

    Her comedy will be missed. To think of all the classy actors/actresses that the younger generation has missed, boggles my mind. Phillis Diller is part of our television history. She should not be forgotten.

    August 20, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jack 1

    I'll never forget her. i recently saw her on the Rosanne show where they were at a bar and Phyillis was hilarious. she had everyone rolling. RIP

    August 20, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. RobbD

    She made fun of herself to make us laugh..... It worked..... Thank you ,Phylis

    August 20, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JimK2450

    Phyllis Diller was one of the greatest comedians of our time. A true legend! Her humor will live on as well as her memory. I hope Fang was first to greet her with open arms…and simply ask, “What took you so long?” Rest In Peace, Phyllis…or at least rest in gentle humor!

    August 20, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kurt

    I never liked her, but she had a good life. Lots of shrimp co cktail and lobster there, RIP

    August 20, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jerome Horowitz

    Troll – and she never heard of you

    August 20, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Safe in Texas

    You are a classless mor on. If you don't care, that is, of course, your perogative but you should have left that thought in your classless mind instead of putting it out here for the world to see how dumb you are.

    August 20, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. r rega

    Condolences to Phyllis' family and loved ones...we've lost another national treasure...she could make us all laugh while poking fun at herself...for me...I'll always remember her Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In appearances.

    August 20, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Diller Fan

    Wrong. She WAS funny. And this IS news because she WAS so funny, and brought LOTS of laughs to a LOT of soldiers who were stuck in GOD AWFUL WARS. Why are you wasting time blogging in on something you don't care about. Leave this to those who care to express their thoughtful thoughts.

    August 20, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mickey

    You've obviously led a very sheltered and uninformed life or you're too young to know how to enjoy life with laughter.

    Phyllis, you shall be missed! Your star continues to cross the skies!! Deep condolences to your family and other loved ones.

    August 20, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Hbomb

    Stick with Tosh.0 then. You wouldn't appreciate her classic humor anyway.

    August 20, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Safe in Texas

    Classless!

    August 20, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
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