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Comedy legend Phyllis Diller dies in Los Angeles at the age of 95

by Patt Morrison

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Comedienne Phyllis Diller poses for the photographer at her home August 16, 2000 in Brentwood, California. Dan Callister/Getty Images

One of the most celebrated and influential female standup comediennes of all time has passed away. Sadly, Phyllis Diller died today in Los Angeles at the age of 95.

She is best known for telling self-deprecating jokes from the perspective of an American housewife. Throughout her life, Diller appeared on television countless times (including an appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in 2007), co-starred with Bob hope in three films and also appeared in the 1961 film “Splendor in the Grass,” which starred Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood.

The comedy icon wrote her autobiography in 2005, titled “Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse” and is often credited with blazing a trail for female comics such as Elayne Boosler, Kathy Griffin, Paula Poundstone and Joan Rivers who established their careers in the wake of Diller’s success.


Paula Poundstone, comedian, author and frequent panelist on NPR's "Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!"

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