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Phyllis Diller

Dead at 95

8/20/2012 12:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Comedian Phyllis Diller -- who paved the way for today's female comics -- died this morning, TMZ has learned.

Sources close to Diller tell us the comedian died in her sleep at her L.A. home, surrounded by family. She was 95.

We're told Diller had recently fallen, hurting her wrist and hip -- but her rep says the injury had nothing to do with her death.

Diller suffered a heart attack in 1999 and was later fitted with a pacemaker.

Phyllis began her career all the way back in 1952 -- and rose to fame with her TV specials alongside Bob Hope in the 1960s.

0820_phyllis_diller_footerLater that decade, Phyllis starred in her own show called "The Phyllis Diller Show" ... as well as a variety show called "The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show." She was also a regular on "Laugh In."

She also posed for Playboy -- but the pics were never published.

Diller remained spunky to the very end, famously appearing in the 2005 movie "The Aristocrats," telling an x-rated joke ... better than comics half her age.

Joan Rivers recently appeared on "Watch What Happens Live" and said, Diller "broke the way for every woman comedian.”



Last time we shot Diller was in 2011, and she was still sharp as a tack -- cracking jokes and reminiscing about her "protegee" Joan Rivers. She even named her favorite comedian of all time.

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Proud2bBlack    

R.I.P Lady Phyllis. I'm sure she's laughing as she enters heavens doors. Many memories of your humor

Chi-Town

711 days ago
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ObamaIsGodAwful    

Great lady, Phyllis was. The current batch of women comediennes pretty much stink.

711 days ago
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Frosticles    

Most this age are gone soon after a fall or a serious bump.....whether there's a break or not.....

711 days ago
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myopinion    

She was a great comedian I loved watching her movies as a child. RIP Phyllis Diller you are making the angels laugh.

711 days ago
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ZOO    

My favorite Phyllis joke: "My cooking is so bad, the flys all chipped in to fix the hole in the screen door."

711 days ago
141.

Reg    

RIP Dear Phyllis,
Absolute Legend.
Sad sad day.

711 days ago
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IceGypsy    

She was fearless, and funny as hell. Tnx for all the great laughs.


RIP Phyllis

711 days ago
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kph1955    

She made me laugh so hard one time that I upchucked. RIP.

711 days ago
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john johnson    

r.i.p. phyllis. you will be missed....(wow, a lot of people dying these days)

711 days ago
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ThePhoenix    

I loved her SO much, grew up with her in our home. So VERY sad. She could also party like a rock star!! She was GREAT !!!

711 days ago
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Diana    

aw...she is such a cute thing at her age too. will miss her

711 days ago
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$lick Willie    

RIP PHYLLIS you were one funny lady, especially when you had your bad hair days, comedians today are low class, most of the good ones have passed be sure to look for her in the NEW SCOOBY DOO MOVIES IN animated form circa 1972 RIP PHYLLIS.

711 days ago
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LindyLou    

RIP Phyllis. You had a great innings!

711 days ago
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CJ    

Heaven just became a Hell of a lot more fun...RIP funny lady.

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Luv    

Love you sweetie, you were and are an Icon.

711 days ago
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