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Phyllis Diller dead at 95
Yahoo! ^ | August 20, 2012 | Dave Nemetz

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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TOPICS: Music/Entertainment; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: comedy; diller; hollywood; obituary; phyllisdiller

1 posted on 08/20/2012 12:59:36 PM PDT by Jess Kitting
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To: Jess Kitting

admin moderator: duplicate post.


2 posted on 08/20/2012 1:03:28 PM PDT by brivette
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To: Jess Kitting
A gem

RIP, funny lady.

3 posted on 08/20/2012 1:04:10 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Jess Kitting

“Fang”s for the memories Phylis

RIP


4 posted on 08/20/2012 1:05:49 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Jess Kitting

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!


5 posted on 08/20/2012 1:08:20 PM PDT by mardi59 (THE REBELLION IS ON!!! LET THE GAMES BEGIN!)
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To: Jess Kitting
She was a funny lady, especially when alongside Bob Hope.

RIP

6 posted on 08/20/2012 1:14:57 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." Hussein Obama, Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009)
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To: Jess Kitting

I remember her being an old lady when I was a little kid.


7 posted on 08/20/2012 1:17:55 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: KoRn
Is it just me or do comedians die really old, or young? Old: George Burns, Milton Berle, Bob Hope, Phillis Diller (Don Rickles, Jerry Lewis still alive well into their 80s)

Young: Bill Hicks, Lenny Bruce, Dennis Wolfberg

8 posted on 08/20/2012 1:21:26 PM PDT by boop (It's not personal...it's strictly business)
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To: boop

Forgot Mitch Hedberg (young).


9 posted on 08/20/2012 1:22:35 PM PDT by boop (It's not personal...it's strictly business)
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To: KoRn
I remember her being an old lady when I was a little kid.

And I thought I remembered her dying when I was a little kid! Ooops.

10 posted on 08/20/2012 1:22:53 PM PDT by kevao (Obama didn't kill Bin Laden. Someone else made that happen!)
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To: boop

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.


11 posted on 08/20/2012 1:29:00 PM PDT by Arkansas Toothpick
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To: Jess Kitting

rip


12 posted on 08/20/2012 1:30:25 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Jess Kitting

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.


13 posted on 08/20/2012 1:40:56 PM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: Arkansas Toothpick

14 posted on 08/20/2012 1:43:53 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Jess Kitting

RIP, another great one passes.

Isn’t it something that when I was a kid, she was considered “risque”?


15 posted on 08/20/2012 1:52:01 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: Jess Kitting

My parents were fans, and I’m 61. We had a comedy LP.

Bless her, she had good gene stock.


16 posted on 08/20/2012 2:00:09 PM PDT by cicero2k
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To: Impala64ssa

“Ahhhhh haaaaaa haaaaa HAAAAAAAAA!”


17 posted on 08/20/2012 2:00:09 PM PDT by ReaganÜberAlles
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To: Jess Kitting

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”.


18 posted on 08/20/2012 2:13:39 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: Jess Kitting
phyllis diller Pictures, Images and Photos I always thought she was funny! RIP Phyllis.
19 posted on 08/20/2012 3:01:09 PM PDT by Morgana (-----------> Eat at Chick-Fil-A <-----------)
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To: Jess Kitting

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!


20 posted on 08/20/2012 3:04:26 PM PDT by EggsAckley ( There's an Ethiopian in the fuel supply ! ! ..)
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To: boop

Mel Brooks, also.


21 posted on 08/20/2012 3:31:45 PM PDT by oprahstheantichrist (The MSM is a demonic stronghold, PLEASE pray accordingly - 2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
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To: Jess Kitting

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!


22 posted on 08/20/2012 4:10:54 PM PDT by llevrok (2012 : This is a civil war, not an election)
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To: llevrok

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!”


23 posted on 08/20/2012 5:22:31 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Jess Kitting

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.


24 posted on 08/20/2012 5:51:12 PM PDT by peggybac
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To: BerryDingle

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.”


25 posted on 08/21/2012 3:58:20 AM PDT by fredhead (It's my Herbie year...check out the number on the side of the famous VW.)
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To: boop

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.


26 posted on 08/21/2012 3:02:32 PM PDT by pogo101
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To: pogo101
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27 posted on 08/21/2012 6:38:52 PM PDT by boop (It's not personal...it's strictly business)
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To: boop

John Belush.

John Candy made it well into middle age.


28 posted on 08/21/2012 6:47:01 PM PDT by Rebelbase (The most transparent administration ever is clear as mud.)
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To: boop
Is it just me or do comedians die really old, or young? Old: George Burns, Milton Berle, Bob Hope, Phillis Diller (Don Rickles, Jerry Lewis still alive well into their 80s)

Add Red Skelton (made it to 84) and Sid Ceasar (will celebrate his 90th birthday in a few weeks) to that list.

29 posted on 08/21/2012 6:54:03 PM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: boop

Probably Sam’s best routine ever. God, Sam, I miss your stuff.


30 posted on 08/21/2012 8:41:51 PM PDT by pogo101
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To: brivette

Different source, different author, Not a duplicate.


31 posted on 08/23/2012 8:29:03 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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