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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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Elizabeth    

Phyllis lived a rich, full life in the world and the entertainment industry, i have enjoyed her comidic talent for many years; What a lovely lady, she will be truly missed by everybody.

She paved the way for alot of women in the comedy field, and leaves her legacy for people to remember!

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WillOTheWisp    

Thanks for all the laughs, Phyllis; You were one of the BEST!!! Rest in God's Peace.

711 days ago
48.

BECKER    

R.I.P. Peace Ms Diller

711 days ago
49.

Big Boy Pants    

What a great lady - always found her hilarious. RIP.

711 days ago
50.

moxie    

RIP Phyllis, we're sure going to miss you!

711 days ago
51.

jason boyd    

You have gone to the master stage in heaven xoxoxo

711 days ago
52.

cokeandpilates    

She was the Queen of Comedy and such an icon!! She will truly be missed!!

711 days ago
53.

ramshead    

All the old time comics are gone. Sad. R.I.P. kid!

711 days ago
54.

surfer john    

she was good,loved her,with bob hope..

711 days ago
55.

sil    

The end of an era. Good night Phillis. Sleep well.

711 days ago
56.

HUNTER    

I LOVED HER MUCH!!!

711 days ago
57.

jud    

Ohhhhhh thank you great lady for all the good times. You would make me happy when I was blue. Rest in Peace Madam!!!!!

711 days ago
58.

Jim Nammy    

Her son was a high school classmate. When her son was in our school musical play she rented the school's yellow bus and had it pick up all her Hollywood friends to attend the premiere. She was a great mom and we had wonderful parties at her home. God blessed us with you.

711 days ago
59.

NiceGuy    

Man,It's happening again...First Phyllis Diller,then it was reported a few minutes ago that 60's folk rock star ,Scott Mckennzie who had the 1967 hit song,"SAN FRANCISCO(Be sure to wear a flower in your hair) died at 73!! WOW!
Anyway love that song,But I remember Miss Diller when she was on the Ed Sullivan Show and Laugh- in and the voice of Family Guy Peter Griffen's Mom.

711 days ago
60.

Logan R    

I hate to be rain on everyones parade but to all the people telling Phyllis R.I.P., Uhm, she's not reading this.

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