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Phyllis Diller - Dead at 95
TMZ ^ | August. 20, 2012 | TMZ Staff

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at tmz.com ...


TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: comedy; diller; driller; obit; obituary; phyllisdiller; rip
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1 posted on 08/20/2012 12:09:09 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

RIP...I honestly thought she died about 20 years ago.


2 posted on 08/20/2012 12:10:34 PM PDT by pgkdan (A vote for anyone but Romney is a vote for obama...got that?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
She was at a Costco with a bullhorn protesting that they weren't carrying her new book...

This was last week.

3 posted on 08/20/2012 12:12:20 PM PDT by Positive (Nothing is sadder than to see a beautiful theory murdered by a gang of brutal facts.)
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To: Positive

That was Joan Rivers who was protesting last week at the Costco in Burbank


4 posted on 08/20/2012 12:14:03 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Free ThinkerNY

RIP...


5 posted on 08/20/2012 12:14:19 PM PDT by ScottinVA (If Obama is reelected, America will deserve every mockery that follows.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

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?


6 posted on 08/20/2012 12:14:32 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (I am NOT from Vermont. I am from MA. And I don't support Romney. Please read before "assuming.")
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To: pgkdan

she was a funny lady, about 20 years ago..


7 posted on 08/20/2012 12:14:48 PM PDT by brivette
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I didn’t know she was... Well, anyways, RIP.


8 posted on 08/20/2012 12:15:54 PM PDT by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“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


9 posted on 08/20/2012 12:15:54 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Free ThinkerNY

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.


10 posted on 08/20/2012 12:16:07 PM PDT by ScottinVA (If Obama is reelected, America will deserve every mockery that follows.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

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?”


11 posted on 08/20/2012 12:17:13 PM PDT by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Thanks for that correction. Although I’ve had a hard time telling them apart for the last 50 or so years.


12 posted on 08/20/2012 12:17:22 PM PDT by Positive (Nothing is sadder than to see a beautiful theory murdered by a gang of brutal facts.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

God speed fair lady!


13 posted on 08/20/2012 12:17:34 PM PDT by swamprebel (a Constitution once changed from Freedom, can never be restored.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

(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.


14 posted on 08/20/2012 12:18:25 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Uh oh... now the FLOTUS will have to copy fashion ideas from someone else now!!
15 posted on 08/20/2012 12:18:34 PM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
R.I.P....a really funny 1st-rate comedian
so unlike many are not.

16 posted on 08/20/2012 12:19:26 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; w/ different flie$" :^)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

obama campaign officials today linked Governor Romney to Ms. Diller’s passing..developing..


17 posted on 08/20/2012 12:20:15 PM PDT by BerniesFriend (Sarah Palin-"Lord knows she's attractive" says bitter Andrea Mitchell and the rest of the MSM)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

My mom is 84 and has been falling recently. It has me worried. I don’t know what the heck it is.


18 posted on 08/20/2012 12:20:47 PM PDT by TheRhinelander
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To: Vermont Lt
I wonder when she gave up smoking?

Yesterday. A life cut tragically short.

19 posted on 08/20/2012 12:23:02 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: Free ThinkerNY
File:Phyllis Diller Allan Warren.jpg
20 posted on 08/20/2012 12:23:09 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: pgkdan
RIP...I honestly thought she died about 20 years ago.

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.

21 posted on 08/20/2012 12:24:06 PM PDT by apillar
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To: pgkdan

My respects to Fang.


22 posted on 08/20/2012 12:32:56 PM PDT by fhayek (My)
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To: dragonblustar

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.


23 posted on 08/20/2012 12:37:55 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Thanks for the memories, Phyllis. Rest in Peace.........

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86SyZ12ReIk


24 posted on 08/20/2012 12:40:02 PM PDT by Red Badger (Anyone who thinks wisdom comes with age is either too young or too stupid to know the difference....)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Rest well you funny funny lady.
Thank you for making me laugh.
25 posted on 08/20/2012 12:41:55 PM PDT by novemberslady
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To: Positive

RIP.. Loved her when she was a character on Scooby Doo


26 posted on 08/20/2012 12:43:21 PM PDT by Benjic
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To: apillar
RIP...I honestly thought she died about 20 years ago.

Red Skelton died in 1997. His TV show had gone off the air and he had basically retired from showbiz in the early 1970's. In 1994 Gallup did a survey and found that 83% of Americans thought he had been dead for years.


27 posted on 08/20/2012 12:43:59 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

LOL.

TYVM.

RIP, Phyliss Diller!


28 posted on 08/20/2012 12:45:22 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Requiescat in pace....

Thanks for all the laughs.


29 posted on 08/20/2012 12:48:28 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

R.I.P.

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.


30 posted on 08/20/2012 12:49:44 PM PDT by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY; All

Isn’t it ironic that the passing of someone who brought so much laughter to so many now brings tears to so many eyes...

RIP.

BTW ladies, Fang is now back in the dating pool.


31 posted on 08/20/2012 12:50:06 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt the Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Thanks for the laughs.

R.I.P.


32 posted on 08/20/2012 12:50:43 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Talented and colorful lady. RIP.


33 posted on 08/20/2012 12:52:24 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: Grams A

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.


34 posted on 08/20/2012 12:55:32 PM PDT by sheana
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
Thanks for posting these.

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.

35 posted on 08/20/2012 1:00:06 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Up in heaven, with her friends Bob Hope and Jonathan Winters, sitting on a front porch, swapping jokes.


36 posted on 08/20/2012 1:01:31 PM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Her father was born when LINCOLN was President? Damn.

RIP, Phyllis...we'll miss you down here.

37 posted on 08/20/2012 1:02:17 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Grams A
We could really use more like her today instead of those who try to pass for comedians.
It's not just comedians - how about actors? Compare the big name actors of the 40s, 50s and 60s to the krap of the last 20-25 years.
Do the same for musicians too. From big bands and early rock & roll to the KRAP of the last 20 years.
It's all KRAP today, 24/7.
38 posted on 08/20/2012 1:02:17 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: forgotten man; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows; JoeProBono; Daffynition; Lucky9teen

“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.”


39 posted on 08/20/2012 1:02:49 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Only Obama put a dog on the roof of his mouth. Dogs are friends, not food.)
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To: TheRhinelander

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.


40 posted on 08/20/2012 1:04:07 PM PDT by mouse1
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To: reg45
Up in heaven, with her friends Bob Hope and Jonathan Winters

Jonathan Winters. Pride of Dayton, Ohio. Still not dead yet though.


41 posted on 08/20/2012 1:04:26 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Rest in peace


42 posted on 08/20/2012 1:04:56 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I met Red Skelton in an elevator in 1988 or 89. He was still doing standup comedy then and had sold out a theater.


43 posted on 08/20/2012 1:05:55 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Only Obama put a dog on the roof of his mouth. Dogs are friends, not food.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Great comic. Saw her on my TV a hundred times back in the ‘60s and ‘70s.
RIP


44 posted on 08/20/2012 1:05:58 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: a fool in paradise

Am I too late saying I thought she was dead?


45 posted on 08/20/2012 1:07:22 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Excellent, thanks for posting.

Good on Robot Chicken for having her do a few voices.


46 posted on 08/20/2012 1:07:59 PM PDT by PfromHoGro (RINOs give Rhino a bad name, & Oil = Recycled Solar Power)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Oops! I guess Bob and Phyllis will just have to wait.


47 posted on 08/20/2012 1:08:27 PM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class!)
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To: a fool in paradise

Making it all the more amazing that 83% of America thought he was dead. Jonathan Winters is probably still doing a gig someplace too.


48 posted on 08/20/2012 1:08:49 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows
Abe Vigoda is still not dead.


49 posted on 08/20/2012 1:09:11 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Only Obama put a dog on the roof of his mouth. Dogs are friends, not food.)
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To: Revolting cat!
Phyllis may be gone, but her wigs will linger on...


50 posted on 08/20/2012 1:11:59 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Only Obama put a dog on the roof of his mouth. Dogs are friends, not food.)
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