TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

Phyllis Diller

Dead at 95

8/20/2012 12:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

0820_phyllis_diller_article_tmz_5
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.

082012_diller_launch

219 COMMENTS

No Avatar
31.

Southern Girl    

She was so awesome. She will be missed!

704 days ago
32.

Ravenwolf    

damn another childhood icon gone... RIP funny lady!

704 days ago
33.

wolfmjg    

Phyllis Diller, has entertained us for yrs, she surely will b missed, R.I.P. Phyillis ...

704 days ago
34.

Eve    

RIP funny lady. Hello from sunny #Buffalo

704 days ago
35.

Jim    

The first time I saw her was on Art Linkletter's "House Party" show. She was a scream to me then and always was after, as well. RIP, funny lady!

704 days ago
36.

Ashlyn    

Very sad. R.I.P. MY thoughts are with her family and friends.

704 days ago
37.

Preston Roberts    

RIP Miss Diller - really enjoyed seeing you this past year on "Roseanne's Nuts." You still made me laugh!!

704 days ago
38.

Smokie    

It's a sad day in the world of comedy.
R.I.P. Phyllis!

704 days ago
39.

Wow ...    

Rest in Paradise Phyllis. Thank you for so many memories and all of the laughter! You really did pave the way for lady comedians, thank you! You will be missed!!!

704 days ago
40.

Amber    

NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

704 days ago
41.

Cherie    

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Oh Man :*( She was so hysterically funny on Rosanne's Nuts!!!!!!!!

704 days ago
42.

sean    

"You know you're old when they've discontinued your blood type." -- Phyllis Diller. R.I.P. to one of the funniest people ever.

704 days ago
43.

ramshead    

Most of the real old-time comedians are gone. Sad. R.I.P.

704 days ago
44.

Morticia Cowghoul    

SHE WAS AWESOME!!!! boo hiss. what a bummer. how sad. dang. i loved her Scooby Doo episode....and so much more.

704 days ago
45.

Holley    

Awe -- I'm so sad to know she's gone. RIP dear lady.

704 days ago
Previous 15 Comments | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web