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Comedian Phyllis Diller poses in her home in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles on April 19, 2002. For 47 years, the housewife-turned-comedian has delighted audiences with her frizzled hair, outrageous costumes and an explosive laugh. She also set the stage for a new generation of women comedians.
Legendary stand-up comic and actress, Phyllis Diller, gives her trademark look as she holds a Lucy Award, during a photo oppotunity before the Women in Film, 7th Annual Lucy Awards Sept 8, 2000, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Diller was one of several Lucy Award honorees at the event.
Comedienne Phyllis Diller reminiscences at "The Bob Hope Memorial Tribute" at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences headquarters in Los Angeles in this Aug. 2003 file photo. Diller is still cracking jokes as she turns 90, even after cracking her back.
Red Buttons, Phyllis Diller and Army Archerd, right, pose for photos at an event honoring the start of Army Archerd's 50th year with the trade newspaper Variety, in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Friday, April 26, 2002.
Comedian Phyllis Diller, left, is assisted and applauded Tuesday, April 15, 2003, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, after sharing fond memories of working with Bob Hope. Hope was named "Citizen of the Century" by the Hollywood Walk of Fame in a special plaque dedication ceremony.
Emmy award-winning game show host, Alex Trebek greets actress and comedian Phyllis Diller before receiving his newly-dedicated star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, Monday, May 17, 1999. Trebek is celebrating his 15th year anniversary with TV's "Jeopardy!"

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At the conclusion of the Bob Hope 100th birthday dedication celebrities, from left, Bob Hope's daughter, Linda Hope; Eva Marie Saint; Phyllis Diller; Honorary Mayor of Hollywood, Johnny Grant; and Kelsey Grammer send a special message to the troops serving abroad April 15, 2003.
Phyllis Diller poses with her photos at her home in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles, March 11, 2005. Female standup comics had never made the big-time, but Diller beat the odds, paving the way for Lily Tomlin, Rosanne, Ellen DeGeneres and others to follow.
Actress Phyllis Diller arrives at a Halloween Party in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct 31, 2000. Diller took a moment to remember her friend Steve Allen before joining the festivities. Allen died Monday at the age of 78.