Entertainer Phyllis Diller Dead at 95

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Comedienne Phyllis Diller, whose entertainment career spanned more than six decades, died Monday at her Los Angeles home. She was 95.

The pioneering funny woman got her start in television in the 1950s, appearing on variety shows – and hosting a few of her own – alongside legendary comics like Bob Hope and Red Skeleton.

She later became a regular on the game-show circuit, bringing her outrageous personality to standbys like Hollywood Squares, Match Game and Super Password. In between, she guest-starred on various dramas and comedies, including 7th Heaven, The Bold and the Beautiful, Blossom, and The Love Boat. Her most recent TV gig was voicing Peter’s mom on Family Guy.

Comments (7)

  • So weird this happened today of all dayswhen Susan Flannery announced she’s leaving B&B (the last show Ms. Diller appeared on) Very sad.

    Comment by George – August 20, 2012 12:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I will forever love Ms. Diller for this comment alone: Cleaning the house while you have children is like shoveling snow while it’s still falling.

    Comment by chatulim – August 20, 2012 01:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The last show I saw her on was Rosanne’s Nuts. I remember thinking how lucky we were to still have her around. She was great & always made me laugh. She will be missed.

    Comment by Joanna – August 20, 2012 01:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Rest in Peace, funny lady!

    Comment by Arna Perry – August 20, 2012 01:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This has been a dreadful year. We’ve lost so very many famous and notable people. RIP, Phyllis.

    Comment by Templar – August 20, 2012 03:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Phyllis Diller was a groundbreaker for women in comedy and very funny. Rest in Peace.

    Comment by Beth H – August 20, 2012 07:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It should be Red Skelton, not Red Skeleton :)

    Comment by TVMovieLove – August 21, 2012 09:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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