Skip to comments.Phyllis Diller - Dead at 95
Posted on 08/20/2012 12:09:06 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
Comedian Phyllis Diller -- who paved the way for today's female comics -- has died, TMZ has learned.
Sources close to Diller tell us the comedian died at her L.A. home, surrounded by family. She was 95.
We're told Diller had recently fallen, hurting her wrist and hip, and her health had been on the decline ever since. She had been living in hospice care at her home.
Diller suffered a heart attack in 1999 and was later fitted with a pacemaker.
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RIP...I honestly thought she died about 20 years ago.
This was last week.
That was Joan Rivers who was protesting last week at the Costco in Burbank
I wasn’t a fan, but she was a trailblazer and she sure as heck hung in there quite a while.
Rest In Peace.
I wonder when she gave up smoking?
she was a funny lady, about 20 years ago..
I didn’t know she was... Well, anyways, RIP.
“I was born at home on newspapers ... I still have a story on my butt, although now the print is much larger.” -PHYLLIS DILLER, Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse
I remember seeing Phyllis Diller guest on an old replay of Groucho Marx’ “You Get Your Life” from the early 1950s. She was a quiet, demure starlet at the time.
She took pride in being named to Mr. Blackwell’s worst dressed list. One year she did not make the list. She called up Mr. Blackwell and said “Blackwell, where did I go right?”
Thanks for that correction. Although I’ve had a hard time telling them apart for the last 50 or so years.
God speed fair lady!
(selected one liners)
A bachelor is a guy who never made the same mistake once.
Aim high, and you won’t shoot your foot off.
Any time three New Yorkers get into a cab without an argument, a bank has just been robbed.
Burt Reynolds once asked me out. I was in his room.
Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.
His finest hour lasted a minute and a half.
Housework can’t kill you, but why take a chance?
I admit, I have a tremendous sex drive. My boyfriend lives forty miles away.
I asked the waiter, ‘Is this milk fresh?’ He said, ‘Lady, three hours ago it was grass.’
I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.
I’ve been asked to say a couple of words about my husband, Fang. How about short and cheap?
If it weren’t for baseball, many kids wouldn’t know what a millionaire looked like.
My cooking is so bad my kids thought Thanksgiving was to commemorate Pearl Harbor.
Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight.
Old age is when the liver spots show through your gloves.
We spend the first twelve months of our children’s lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve telling them to sit down and shut up.
What I don’t like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day.
Whatever you may look like, marry a man your own age - as your beauty fades, so will his eyesight.
You know you’re old if they have discontinued your blood type.
obama campaign officials today linked Governor Romney to Ms. Diller’s passing..developing..
My mom is 84 and has been falling recently. It has me worried. I don’t know what the heck it is.
Yesterday. A life cut tragically short.
I regret to say I did too. I remember watching her as a kid back in the 1970's and early 1980's, she seemed to always be on all the Bob Hope Specials and other comedy shows of that day. But she was old even then (to a kid at least). I figured she had been dead for years.
My respects to Fang.
Too bad you didn’t take time to become acquainted with her humor. She was a real hoot. We could really use more like her today instead of those who try to pass for comedians.
Thanks for the memories, Phyllis. Rest in Peace.........
RIP.. Loved her when she was a character on Scooby Doo
RIP, Phyliss Diller!
Requiescat in pace....
Thanks for all the laughs.
She was a funny funny lady. More often than not, her jokes criticized her self rather than others. She was brilliant on the Dean Martin Roasts. Someone else posted “they don’t make comedians like her anymore”. They are right. Most comedians have to become vulgar to get a laugh. Not those old timers. They had talent.
Isn’t it ironic that the passing of someone who brought so much laughter to so many now brings tears to so many eyes...
BTW ladies, Fang is now back in the dating pool.
Thanks for the laughs.
Talented and colorful lady. RIP.
I had lunch with her one time. A real down to earth lady. It was the first ever Bakersfield Business Conference. Was held outside at Stockdale Country Club where I was a bartender. She was part of the line up of entertainment that day. There was only about 150 people in attendance and Phyllis had just finished her bit when lunch was served. The waitresses all finished serving and while the guests were eating we all got our lunch and sat down inside in the formal dining room to eat. Phyllis got her lunch and came and sat down with us....the help. I laughed so hard I cried all through lunch.
Quite a memory.
Phyllis Diller was the Queen of the paraprosdokian.
A paraprosdokian (from Greek "παρα-", meaning "beyond" and "προσδοκία", meaning "expectation") is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part. It is frequently used for humorous or dramatic effect, sometimes producing an anticlimax. For this reason, it is extremely popular among comedians and satirists. Some paraprosdokians not only change the meaning of an early phrase, but also play on the double meaning of a particular word, creating a syllepsis.
Rest in Peace funny lady.
Up in heaven, with her friends Bob Hope and Jonathan Winters, sitting on a front porch, swapping jokes.
RIP, Phyllis...we'll miss you down here.
“I wore a peek-a-boo dress, he peeked and booed.”
“I wore a peek-a-boo dress and nobody looked.”
“Burt Reynolds once asked me out. I was in his room.”
“Housework can’t kill you, but why take a chance?”
“I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.”
“Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight.”
“We spend the first twelve months of our children’s lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve telling them to sit down and shut up.”
“You know you’re old if they have discontinued your blood type.”
Could be oesteosporosis. I’m still young, but it tends to throw my balance off. Or at least that’s what the doc has said.
Rest in peace
I met Red Skelton in an elevator in 1988 or 89. He was still doing standup comedy then and had sold out a theater.
Great comic. Saw her on my TV a hundred times back in the ‘60s and ‘70s.
Am I too late saying I thought she was dead?
Excellent, thanks for posting.
Good on Robot Chicken for having her do a few voices.
Oops! I guess Bob and Phyllis will just have to wait.
Making it all the more amazing that 83% of America thought he was dead. Jonathan Winters is probably still doing a gig someplace too.
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