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Posted on 08/20/2012 12:59:29 PM PDT by Jess Kitting
Legendary comedienne Phyllis Diller, who blazed a trail for a generation of female comics with her bawdy, self-deprecating stand-up routines, has died at age 95, according to TMZ. (The Associated Press and The Hollywood Reporter have since confirmed.)
Diller had been suffering health problems as of late: She recently hurt her hip and wrist in a fall and has been living under hospice care at her home. She passed away there, surrounded by family.
The comedienne, known for her wild hair and distinctive laugh, enjoyed a six-decade-long career in comedy: She started out filming a local TV special entitled "Phyllis Diller: The Homely Friendmaker" in 1952, and rose to fame on TV with a series of TV specials alongside Bob Hope in the 1960s. She later starred in several TV shows based around her act ("The Phyllis Diller Show," "The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show") and often appeared on the seminal '60s variety show "Laugh-In."
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RIP, funny lady.
“Fang”s for the memories Phylis
God bless you Ms. Diller and may you rest in eternal peace with the Lord.
Thank you for all the laughs and smiles you provided over the years. Say hello to Fang for me!
I remember her being an old lady when I was a little kid.
Young: Bill Hicks, Lenny Bruce, Dennis Wolfberg
Forgot Mitch Hedberg (young).
And I thought I remembered her dying when I was a little kid! Ooops.
Don’t forget Jonathan Winters...he is still alive and kicking.
I think your suggestion is possibly true—there is great power in laughter, and I can see how it could help keep a person going well into the 80s, 90s.
On the other hand, you have guys like Belushi and Farley who self-destructed and brought upon themselves their demise at an early age.
She did have a distinctive laugh, and the current crop of female comedians(sounds like an oxymoron lately) could learn a thing or two from her. RIP Mrs. Diller.
RIP, another great one passes.
Isn’t it something that when I was a kid, she was considered “risque”?
My parents were fans, and I’m 61. We had a comedy LP.
Bless her, she had good gene stock.
“Ahhhhh haaaaaa haaaaa HAAAAAAAAA!”
So, so sad.
When I was growing up, these comics made the rounds on all the variety shows, Hollywood Palace, Johnny Carson, etc. Even as a child I knew all their names. Now I don’t know anyone, they are all too profane to listen to.
Remember Buddy Hackett, Phyllis, Bob Newhart, Jonathan Winters, Don Rickles, Rodney Dangerfield, Bob Hope, etc.
They might have had some dirty nightclub acts but you could turn them on, on TV and the whole family watched, and loved it.
I was 8 years old but I loved the stories about “Fang”.
I still remember when she was a secretary at KSFO back in the old days of Don Sherwood. They used to let her have the mike for a few minutes every now and then.
RIP pretty lady!
Mel Brooks, also.
Old school comedian who knew her craft and how to milk a “take”.
She could work “blue” or clean - either way she was a hoot!
One joke I remember her telling was one morning she was late getting her trash out to the curb and she heard the garbage truck outside. In her robe and slippers, she grabbed the garbage can and ran after the truck. As she approached the truck she asked the man on the back, “am I too late?” and he replied, “not at all lady, jump right in!”
When I was working for Reagan’s PAC “Citizens for the Republic” in the early 90s, we held a fundraiser with Dan Quayle which was attended by many prominent LA conservatives. Miss Diller was one of the Hollywood conservatives attending and she was so very nice and pleasant. Afterward I sent her a great pic of Charlton Heston and her and she sent me the most beautiful thank you letter. I’ll have to find it because I sure didn’t throw it away.
I remember her on Dean Martin’s roast of Lucille Ball, where Phyllis said of Lucy, “She like to make her hair it’s original color, but she can’t remember.”
An additional “old” one is Rodney Dangerfield (82). Bob Newhart’s still cooking at 82.
An additional “young” one is Sam Kinison (38). Sam made me laugh so hard I wasn’t making any sound anymore ... but sometimes I felt guilty later! Also Andy Kaufman (35), but I never found his stand-up /hoax comedy funny.
It is an interesting observation. But I bet there are plenty of comedians who die at a normal-ish age, neither particularly old or young. Richard Pryor passed at 65, for example.
We have deserts in America, we just don't LIVE in them A$$HOLE!
John Candy made it well into middle age.
Add Red Skelton (made it to 84) and Sid Ceasar (will celebrate his 90th birthday in a few weeks) to that list.
Probably Sam’s best routine ever. God, Sam, I miss your stuff.
Different source, different author, Not a duplicate.