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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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91.

Deskboy    

Look out Fang, here she comes!!

What a great dame she was.

604 days ago
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MC    

A true ICON. One of the funniest female comediennes in history.

604 days ago
93.

verlinda    

I loved this lady, grew up with and talking about her husband Fang......R.I.P.

604 days ago
94.

nu sox n draws    

greatest laugh ever

604 days ago
95.

Mike    

She was the queen of comedy. I was so lucky to have seen Bob Hope in 1991 while stationed in Saudi Arabia as part as Desert Shield/Storm. All the Hollywood legends are signing out and there are no legends replacing them, so sad.

604 days ago
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peggy johnson    

Rest in Peace, Dear! My Mom was waiting for you! She adored you and so did I.

604 days ago
97.

Carolae    

What a class act. Am glad that she did not suffer but am sure she would have come up with a zany quote if she had been awake prior to her death.

604 days ago
98.

bob    

Irreverence is no substitute for wit.

604 days ago
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BECKER    

Hey Logan do you write much?
Logan R

@Becker; I just hope you your grammer is better by then


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604 days ago
100.

Anthony Phoenix    

This is another huge loss to the entertainment industry

604 days ago
101.

Diane     

RIP Thanks for the laughs

604 days ago
102.

Patricia Reinerman    

Thank you for the laughter. R I P.

604 days ago
103.

Donna    

She lived a long, full life. RIP.

604 days ago
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marjiscott    

So lucky I got to meet her some years back..She was kind, generous and very fair to evryone she met.. Great memory there.... Thank You Phyllis

604 days ago
105.

O_o    

another little piece of my childhood going poof! make it stop! rest in piece dear friend. you will certainly be missed.

604 days ago
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