Phyllis Diller Passes Away at Age 95

The legendary comedienne died in her sleep earlier today at her Los Angeles home.

Phyllis Diller passes away at age 95
Phyllis Diller passes away at age 95
Actress and comedienne Phyllis Diller, a groundbreaking performer who paved the way for female comedians everywhere, passed away in her sleep this morning, at her Los Angeles home. She was 95 years old at the time of her death. Here is what her agent Fred Wostbrock had to say about her iconic career.

"She was a true pioneer. She was the first lady of stand up comedy. She paved the way for everybody. And she conquered television, movies, Broadway, record albums, nightclubs, books, and radio. She did it all. A true pioneer."

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.

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  1. CelluloidDreams

    I always liked Phyllis Diller in the animated cartoon as a kid ;"The New Scooby-Doo Movies".

    Phyllis Diller was in the episode titled" "A Good Medium is Rare".

    3 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  2. CelluloidDreams

    Do not grieve at the passing of mortality, for life's but a thing of terrible gravity. And the planets gravitate around you,and the stars shall dance about you, and the angels in heaven adore you, and the saints all stand and applaud you.

    So faraway, so faraway and yet so close.

    Nick Cave, "Far Away, So Close"

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  3. Vamp

    RIP. Comedy has lost one of it's legends.

    3 years agoby @vampire2000Flag


    Very sad! You will be missed!!! RIP

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  5. jasdjqs

    may she rest in peace, a very funny lady

    3 years agoby @jasdjqsFlag

  6. ROFLitschristian

    Such a hilarious woman. May she rest peacefully.

    3 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  7. ejk1

    I remember the first time I saw Ms. Diller on TV. It was the Hollywood Squares, and she was so damn funny. I always loved her, and hope she rests in peace.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  8. skywise

    RIP Phyllis

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  9. Vanboy

    @artkid04, That's pretty much how she took most pictures and that was her personality. It's actually a perfect picture of her.

    3 years agoby @vanboyFlag

  10. Vanboy

    Yeah, she died in her sleep. That's the way to go. I guess if Pixar makes Bug's Life 2, the queen won't be in it, like they did with Doc Hudson played by Paul Newman, he passed away before Cars 2, and they had a museum in Radiator Springs. I'm sure Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Princess Ada) will mention her. For that matter Johnathon "Dr. Smith" Harris who played Manny the Praying Mantis passed away, as well as Madeline Khan who played Gypsy The Moth died too. Come to think about it, Roddy McDowell (Mr. Soil) died as well as Pixar vet Joe Ranft who played Heimlich the catapiller. Man I don't know how they could make a sequel to A Bug's Life. Maybe they'll do what they did with Slinky Dog in Toy Story 3; Jim Varney who supplied the voice in the first and part 2, was replace by fellow raspy voice friend and actor Blake Clark. And Hayden Panetiierre who played Dot is all grown up. That's an easy fix; have Dot grown up. At any rate, Mrs. Diller's spunkiness and great comic timing will be missed by all.

    3 years agoby @vanboyFlag

  11. Superman81

    Thelma Griffin we will miss you!!

    3 years agoby @superman81Flag

  12. the MovieGhost

    @artkid04 Yeah, perhaps the picture could've been better. But at least she passed peacefully.

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  13. artkid04

    wow, another life gone, don't think thats a good picture (looks like she is being possessed)

    3 years agoby @artkid04Flag

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