The comedy legend was born Phyllis Ada Driver in Lima, Ohio in 1917. After a stint as an advertising copywriter, Phyllis Diller got her big break at the age of 37, when she first performed stand-up comedy at the San Francisco nightclub Purple Onion. Her act often revolved around her fictional husband named "Fang" and self-depricating humor about her looks. In the 1960s and 1970s, she was a frequent guest on The Tonight Show, The Flip Wilson Show, and Laugh-In, where her trademark cackle made her a household name. She also created the short-lived series The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show in 1968.
She continued to work in film and television throughout her lengthy career, appearing in Pixar's A Bug's Life and voicing guest roles on Family Guy, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, and Robot Chicken. Her appearance in the 2005 documentary The Aristocrats proved that she still had her comedic chops, at the age of 88.