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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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dave    

have a good one, Phyllis..

692 days ago
167.

Satan    

It is so-o-o-o unfair to now stick me with this b---ch!

692 days ago
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kennethg48    

Just saw on the tv show CHIP's this week....

692 days ago
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MyTmar    

One of the all-time comedic greats !!!!! A verrry funny lady indeed--r.i.p. Ms Diller !!!!

692 days ago
170.

palermo    

Always enjoyed her, RIP Phyllis

692 days ago
171.

Bobbie    

In the late 50's when Diller hit TV my mother absolutely adored her.My mom was bodacious, blonde, and had 5 kids just like Diller. My mom had her same wit, and I often thought they'd be great and rowdy next door neighbors. One line I'll never forget, and use it often even today is: "House work is like shoveling the sidewalk while it's still snowing! What's the point?"
This attitude came years before Roseanne, who I also love.

692 days ago
172.

Jay W.     

RIP Phyllis... thanks for the memories.

692 days ago
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BillBoggsTV    

Classic Phyllis Diller Interview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4sAKaFiBkg

692 days ago
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BillBoggsTV    

Classic Phyllis Diller Interview with Bill Boggs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4sAKaFiBkg

692 days ago
175.

Bob    

Phyllis was my favorite comedian of all time. I hope more clips of her shows make it online so everyone can enjoy them.

692 days ago
176.

JimmydeansausageCo.    

make 'em laugh up there.

But sad we won't see her on Scooby Doo anymore

692 days ago
177.

alexhl    

we lost tony scott a veteran movie director,
the link below will show u
4 comments that could have stopped him from jumping from that bridge…
http://www.lakotai.com/blog/2012/08/20/4-comments-that-could-have-made-tony-scott-more-successful/

691 days ago
178.

artvandalai    

The Twiggy of the Twilight Zone....Bob Hoe

691 days ago
179.

Duany Duany    

How could you not admire this woman?

She spent her whole life encouraging people to laugh at her expense. If each and every one of us 'got the hell over ourselves,' learned to laugh at our own repugnance and celebrated her love for life and laughter, then there is no doubt this country would get along much better.

Rest in peace, Phyllis. You were a treasure.

691 days ago
180.

Lyn    

The heaven will ring with laughter as she entertains all our angels...She will be missed but never forgotten.

691 days ago
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