Phyllis Diller

  • Born: July 17, 1917
  • Died: August 20, 2012
  • Location: Los Angeles, California

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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.

Humorist dies at 95 in Los Angeles

SANDY COHEN, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Phyllis Diller, the housewife turned humorist who aimed some of her sharpest barbs at herself, punctuating her jokes with her trademark cackle, died Monday morning in her Los Angeles home at age 95.

"She died peacefully in her sleep and with a smile on her face," her longtime manager, Milton Suchin, told The Associated Press.

Diller, who suffered a near-fatal heart attack in 1999, was found by her son, Perry Diller. The cause of her death has not been released.

She was a staple of nightclubs and television from the 1950s — when female comics were rare indeed — until her retirement in 2002. Diller built her stand-up act around the persona of the corner-cutting housewife ("I bury a lot of my ironing in the backyard") with bizarre looks, a wardrobe to match (by "Omar of Omaha") and a husband named "Fang."

Wrote Time magazine in 1961: "Onstage comes something that, by its own description, looks like a sackful of doorknobs. With hair dyed by Alcoa, pipe-cleaner limbs and knees just missing one another when the feet are wide apart, this is not Princess Volupine. It is Phyllis Diller, the poor man's Auntie Mame, only successful female among the New Wave comedians and one of the few women funny and tough enough to belt out a 'standup' act of one-line gags."

She inspired a generation of female comics, including Joan Rivers, Ellen DeGeneres and Whoopi Goldberg, who remembered Diller on Twitter Monday.

"We lost a comedy legend today," DeGeneres wrote. "Phyllis Diller was the queen of the one-liners. She was a pioneer."

"A true original has died," Goldberg wrote of Diller. "There was NO One like her, no 1 looked like her sounded like her. A FUNNY FUNNY. Classy & Smart. RIP."

Rivers tweeted that she and her daughter had lunched with Diller last month.

"I'm beyond saddened by the death of Phyllis Diller. We were friends," Rivers wrote. "The only tragedy is that Phyllis Diller was the last from an era that insisted a woman had to look funny in order to be funny."

Diller described herself as "one of those life-of-the-party types," in an interview with AP in 1965. "You'll find them in every bridge club, at every country club. People invited me to parties only because they knew I would supply some laughs. They still do."

She didn't get into comedy until she was nearly 40, after her first husband, Sherwood Diller, prodded her for two years to give up a successful career as an advertising and radio writer. Through it all, she was also a busy mother.

"We had five kids at the time. I don't how he thought we'd handle that," she told the AP in 2006.

A Chicago Tribune columnist, describing her appearance at a nightspot there in 1958, noted she was from San Francisco, hailed her as "the weirdest, wildest yet" — and made sure to mention her five youngsters.

Her husband managed her career until the couple's 25-year marriage fell apart in the 1960s. Shortly after her divorce she married entertainer Warde Donovan, but they separated within months.

Through both marriages and other relationships, the foibles of "Fang" remained an integral part of her act.

"Fang is permanent in the act, of course," she once said. "Don't confuse him with my real husbands. They're temporary."

She also appeared in movies, including "Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number" and "Eight on the Lam" with Bob Hope.

In 1966-67, she was the star of an ABC sitcom about a society family trying to stave off bankruptcy, "The Pruitts of Southampton." Gypsy Rose Lee played a nosy neighbor. In 1968, she was host of a short-lived variety series, "The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show."

But standup comedy was her first love, and when she broke into the business in 1956 it was a field she had largely to herself because female comics weren't widely accepted then.

Bob Newhart said Diller was one of a kind.

"The thing that strikes me most about Phyllis, aside from a joy to be around, was her uniqueness," he said Monday. "There was no one like Phyllis before, and I doubt if there will be anyone after."

Cher, Larry King, Kiefer Sutherland and Henry Winkler also mourned the comedienne.

Winkler wrote that she was "a painter on canvas and in humor of the human condition."

Although she could be serious during interviews, sooner or later a joke would pop out, often as not followed by that outrageous "AH-HHAAAAAAAAAAAA-HA-HA-HA!" laugh.

"It's my real laugh," she once said. "It's in the family. When I was a kid my father called me the laughing hyena."

Her looks were a frequent topic, and she did everything she could to accentuate them — negatively. She wore outrageous fright wigs and deliberately shopped for stage shoes that made her legs look as skinny as possible.

"The older I get, the funnier I get," she said in 1961. "Think what I'll save in not having my face lifted."

She felt different about plastic surgery later, though, and her face, and other body parts, underwent a remarkable transformation. Efforts to be beautiful became a mainstay of her act.

Commenting in 1995 about the repainting of the Hollywood sign, she cracked, "It took 300 gallons, almost as much as I put on every morning." She said her home "used to be haunted, but the ghosts haven't been back since the night I tried on all my wigs."

She recovered from a 1999 heart attack with the help of a pacemaker, but finally retired in 2002, saying advancing age was making it too difficult for her to spend several weeks a year on the road.

"I have energy, but I don't have lasting energy," she told The Associated Press in 2006. "You have to know your limitations."

After retiring from standup, Diller continued to take occasional small parts in movies and TV shows ("Family Guy") and pursued painting as a serious hobby. She published her autobiography, "Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse," in 2005. The 2006 film "Goodnight, We Love You" documented her career.

Her other books included "Phyllis Diller's Housekeeping Hints" and "Phyllis Diller's Marriage Manual."

When she turned 90 in July 2007, she fractured a bone in her back and was forced to cancel a planned birthday appearance on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno." But it didn't stop her from wisecracking: "I still take the pill 'cause I don't want any more grandchildren."

Born Phyllis Driver in Lima, Ohio, she married Sherwood Diller right out of school (Bluffton College) and was a housewife for several years before getting outside work.

She was working as an advertising writer for a radio station when a comedy turn at San Francisco's Purple Onion nightclub launched her toward stardom.

She made her network TV debut as a contestant on Groucho Marx's game show, "You Bet Your Life." (Diller, asked if she was married: "Yes, I've worn a wedding ring for 18 years." Marx: "Really? Well, two more payments and it'll be all yours.")

She credited the self-help book, "The Magic of Believing" by Claude M. Bristol, with giving her the courage to enter the business. For decades she would recommend it to aspiring entertainers, even buying it for them sometimes.

"Don't get me wrong, though," she said in a 1982 interview that threatened to turn serious. "I'm a comic. I don't deal with problems when I'm working."

"I want people to laugh."

Diller is survived by her two children, four grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. Plans for services are pending.

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Associated Press writers John Rogers and Polly Anderson contributed to this report.

AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen is on Twitter: www.twitter.com/APSandy .

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The Associated Press, The Associated Press

Hollywood reacts to the passing of comic pioneer Phyllis Diller:

— "I adored her. She was a wondrous spirit who was great to me." — Barbra Streisand.

— "Today marked the passing of one of the great comedic icons of all time. She was also my friend. Phyllis Diller, you'll always make me laugh." — Kiefer Sutherland, on Twitter.

— "I adored Phyllis Diller - she was a great guest, a terrific lady & certainly one of the funniest people ever." — Larry King, via Twitter.

— "The thing that strikes me most about Phyllis, aside from a joy to be around, was her uniqueness. There was no one like Phyllis before, and I doubt if there will be anyone after." — Bob Newhart.

— "I'm beyond saddened by the death of Phyllis Diller. We were friends - Melissa and I had a wonderful time with her at lunch just a month ago." — Joan Rivers tweeted.

— "A fond farewell to Phyllis Diller. Thanks for all the laughs dear friend. Thank you most of all for your sweetness to my mother. Godspeed." — Nancy Sinatra, via Twitter.

— "Phyllis Diller was a friend of mine. 1 time she came over with a 70 year old guy. Told me she was "Robbing the cradle". RIP" — Tweeted Dylan McDermott.

— "A true original has died. Phyllis Diller There was NOOne like her, no 1looked like her sounded like her. A FUNNY FUNNY. Classy& Smart RIP" — Whoopi Goldberg, on Twitter.

— "We lost a comedy legend today. Phyllis Diller was the queen of the one-liners. She was a pioneer." — Ellen DeGeneres, on Twitter.

— "She was responsible for getting me one of my first jobs. I loved her and I will miss her tremendously, as will the whole world." — Rip Taylor.

— "She was one of a kind. A brilliant talent and an extremely supportive friend, when you needed one. When I had the accident that broke my leg a couple of years ago, hers was the first voice that managed to reach me by phone at the hospital. She was also the first note I received, written on a piece of paper it said ... 'Money's scarce. Times are hard. Here's your F(asterisk)(asterisk)(asterisk)ing get well card - Phyllis.' She knew how to lift your spirits. I loved her and we will all miss her." — Carol Channing.

— "Gonna miss Phyllis Diller. Rest in peace my friend. The world is a better place because of you. Happy Trails." — Reba McEntire, on Twitter.

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HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Some of the most promising talent in show business was on the bill one day and night in 1955 at San Francisco's Purple Onion:

Eartha Kitt and Alice Ghostley; Paul Lynde and Robert Clary; a singer and dancer with the stage name Maya Angelou, and an eccentric former housewife, a few years older than her fellow performers, with the married name Phyllis Diller.

Angelou's family, including two small children (Clyde and Joyce), were seated in the front row. Years later, she would remember watching Diller and wondering how her guests would respond to her friend's "aura of madness."

"Black people rarely forgave whites for being ragged, unkempt and uncaring. There was a saying which explained the disapproval, 'You been white all your life. Ain't got no further along than this? What ails you?'" Angelou wrote in "Singin' and Swingin' and Getting Merry Like Christmas," a memoir published in 1976.

"When Phyllis came on stage Clyde almost fell off the chair and Joyce nearly knocked over her Shirley Temple. The comedienne, dressed outrageously and guffawing like a hiccoughing horse and a bell clapper, chose to play to the two children. They were charmed and so convulsed they gasped for breath."

The housewife soon became a star.

"AH-HHAAAAAAAAAAAA-HA-HA-HA!

Diller, the cackling template for Joan Rivers, Sarah Silverman and so many others, died Monday morning in her Los Angeles home at age 95. She faced the end, fittingly, "with a smile on her face," said longtime manager Milton Suchin.

Diller, who suffered a near-fatal heart attack in 1999, was found by her son, Perry Diller. The cause of her death has not been released.

She wasn't the first woman to crack jokes on stage; Gracie Allen had been getting laughs for decades playing dumb for George Burns. But Diller was among the first who didn't need a man around. The only guy in her act was a husband named "Fang," who was never seen and didn't exist.

"We lost a comedy legend today," Ellen DeGeneres wrote on Twitter. "Phyllis Diller was the queen of the one-liners. She was a pioneer." Tweeted Barbra Streisand: "I adored her. She was wondrous spirit who was great to me." Rivers added that she and her daughter had lunched with Diller last month.

"I'm beyond saddened by the death of Phyllis Diller. We were friends," Rivers wrote. "The only tragedy is that Phyllis Diller was the last from an era that insisted a woman had to look funny in order to be funny."

The Friars Club released a statement noting that in 1988 Diller was among the first women admitted — legitimately. A few years earlier, she had snuck in for a Sid Caesar roast, dressed as a man.

Born Phyllis Driver in Lima, Ohio, she married Sherwood Diller right out of school (Bluffton College) and was a housewife for several years before getting outside work. She was an advertising writer for a radio station when the Purple Onion helped launch her. She made her network TV debut as a contestant on Groucho Marx's game show, "You Bet Your Life."

Diller, asked if she was married: "Yes, I've worn a wedding ring for 18 years." Marx replied: "Really? Well, two more payments and it'll be all yours."

She credited the self-help book, "The Magic of Believing" by Claude M. Bristol, with giving her the courage to enter the business. Over the years, she would recommend it to aspiring entertainers, even buying it for them sometimes.

Diller worked steadily for decades, in nightclubs and on television. She built her stand-up act around the persona of the corner-cutting housewife ("I bury a lot of my ironing in the backyard") with bizarre looks, a wardrobe to match (by "Omar of Omaha") and the faithful "Fang."

Wrote Time magazine in 1961: "Onstage comes something that, by its own description, looks like a sackful of doorknobs. With hair dyed by Alcoa, pipe-cleaner limbs and knees just missing one another when the feet are wide apart, this is not Princess Volupine. It is Phyllis Diller, the poor man's Auntie Mame, only successful female among the New Wave comedians and one of the few women funny and tough enough to belt out a 'standup' act of one-line gags."

"I was one of those life-of-the-party types," Diller said in 1965. "You'll find them in every bridge club, at every country club. People invited me to parties only because they knew I would supply some laughs. They still do."

She didn't get into comedy until she was nearly 40, after her first husband, Sherwood Diller, prodded her for two years to give up her advertising career. Through it all, she was also a busy mother. "We had five kids at the time. I don't how he thought we'd handle that," she said in 2006.

A Chicago Tribune columnist, describing her appearance at a nightspot there in 1958, noted she was from San Francisco, hailed her as "the weirdest, wildest yet" — and made sure to mention her five youngsters.

Her husband managed her career until the couple's 25-year marriage fell apart in the 1960s. Shortly after her divorce she married entertainer Warde Donovan, but they separated within months. Through both marriages and other relationships, "Fang" remained.

"Fang is permanent in the act, of course," she once said. "Don't confuse him with my real husbands. They're temporary."

She also appeared in movies, including "Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number" and "Eight on the Lam" with Bob Hope. Diller had a cameo in "Splendor in the Grass" and was among the voices in the animated "A Bug's Life."

In 1966-67, she was the star of an ABC sitcom about a society family trying to stave off bankruptcy, "The Pruitts of Southampton." Gypsy Rose Lee played a nosy neighbor. In 1968, she was host of a short-lived variety series, "The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show."

But standup comedy was her first love. Although she could be serious during interviews, sooner or later a joke would pop out, often as not followed by that outrageous "AH-HHAAAAAAAAAAAA-HA-HA-HA!"

"It's my real laugh," she once said. "It's in the family. When I was a kid my father called me the laughing hyena."

Her looks were a frequent topic, and she did everything she could to accentuate them — negatively. She wore outrageous fright wigs and deliberately shopped for stage shoes that made her legs look as skinny as possible.

"The older I get, the funnier I get," she said in 1961. "Think what I'll save in not having my face lifted."

She felt different about plastic surgery later, though, and her face, and other body parts, underwent a remarkable transformation. Efforts to be beautiful became a mainstay of her act.

Commenting in 1995 about the repainting of the Hollywood sign, she cracked, "It took 300 gallons, almost as much as I put on every morning." She said her home "used to be haunted, but the ghosts haven't been back since the night I tried on all my wigs."

She recovered from a 1999 heart attack with the help of a pacemaker, but finally retired in 2002, saying advancing age was making it too difficult for her to spend several weeks a year on the road. "I have energy, but I don't have lasting energy," she said in 2006. "You have to know your limitations."

Diller continued to take occasional small parts in movies and TV shows ("Family Guy") and pursued painting as a serious hobby. She published her autobiography, "Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse," in 2005. The 2006 film "Goodnight, We Love You" documented her career.

When she turned 90 in July 2007, she fractured a bone in her back and was forced to cancel a planned birthday appearance on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno." But it didn't stop her from wisecracking: "I still take the pill 'cause I don't want any more grandchildren."

Her other books included "Phyllis Diller's Housekeeping Hints" and "Phyllis Diller's Marriage Manual."

"Don't get me wrong, though," she said in a 1982 interview that threatened to turn serious. "I'm a comic. I don't deal with problems when I'm working."

"I want people to laugh."
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The Associated Press, The Associated Press

A selection of comic lines from Phyllis Diller, who died Monday at age 95:

— "I once wore a peekaboo blouse. People would peek and then they'd boo."

— "I never made 'Who's Who,' but I'm featured in 'What's That?' "

— "When I told Fang I was going to have my face lifted, he said, 'Who'd steal it?'"

— "You know you're old when your walker has an airbag."

— "I was the world's ugliest baby. When I was born, the doctor slapped everybody."

— "I became a stand-up comedienne because I had a sit-down husband."

— "My vanity table is a Black & Decker workbench."

— "The only thing domestic about me is I was born in this country."

— "They say housework can't kill you, but why take the chance?"

— "I have so many liver spots, I ought to come with a side of onions."

— "Think of me as a sex symbol for men who just don't give a damn."

— "The best contraceptive for old people is nudity."

— And actor Dylan McDermott shares this line via Twitter: "One time (Diller) came over with a 70-year-old guy. Told me she was 'robbing the cradle.'"
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DERRIK J. LANG, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Long before Kathy Griffin was languishing on the D-list, Roseanne Barr was calling herself a domestic goddess and Joan Rivers was asking audiences if they could talk, wild-haired housewife-turned-comedian Phyllis Diller was dishing one-liners about her husband, Fang.

"I should have suspected my husband was lazy," she once joked. "On our wedding day, his mother told me, 'I'm not losing a son. I'm gaining a couch.'"

Diller was the template for self-deprecating female comedians. She not only motivated a generation of funny women, such as Ellen DeGeneres and Whoopi Goldberg, her silver-tongued zingers — often punctuated by her trademark cackle — paved the way for them. And she inspired funny guys, too.

"Loved her," wrote Andy Richter on Twitter on Monday. "Sad to hear she died. A hero of mine." Dane Cook called her "a funny human being that brought tons of laughs to this world," while Patton Oswalt said she always seemed "genuinely tickled and happy" during her near century of life.

Diller passed away Monday morning in her Los Angeles home at age 95. She faced the end, fittingly, "with a smile on her face," said longtime manager Milton Suchin. The comedian, who suffered a near-fatal heart attack in 1999, was found by her son, Perry Diller. The cause of her death has not been released.

She wasn't the first woman to crack jokes on stage; Gracie Allen had been getting laughs for decades playing dumb for George Burns. But Diller was among the first who didn't need a man around. The only guy in her act was a husband named Fang, who was never seen and didn't exist.

"Please recognize she paved the way single handedly for years for us female comedians," wrote Griffin on Twitter.

The Friars Club released a statement Monday noting that in 1988 Diller was among the first women admitted — legitimately. A few years earlier, she had snuck in for a Sid Caesar roast, dressed as a man.

Born Phyllis Driver in Lima, Ohio, she married Sherwood Diller right out of school (Bluffton College) and was a housewife for several years before getting outside work. She was an advertising writer for a radio station when the Purple Onion helped launch her. She made her network TV debut as a contestant on Groucho Marx's game show, "You Bet Your Life."

Diller, asked if she was married: "Yes, I've worn a wedding ring for 18 years." Marx replied: "Really? Well, two more payments and it'll be all yours."

She credited the self-help book, "The Magic of Believing" by Claude M. Bristol, with giving her the courage to enter the business. Over the years, she would recommend it to aspiring entertainers, even buying it for them sometimes.

Diller worked steadily for decades, in nightclubs and on television. She built her stand-up act around the persona of the corner-cutting housewife ("I bury a lot of my ironing in the backyard") with bizarre looks, a wardrobe to match (by "Omar of Omaha") and the faithful Fang.

Wrote Time magazine in 1961: "Onstage comes something that, by its own description, looks like a sackful of doorknobs. With hair dyed by Alcoa, pipe-cleaner limbs and knees just missing one another when the feet are wide apart, this is not Princess Volupine. It is Phyllis Diller, the poor man's Auntie Mame, only successful female among the New Wave comedians and one of the few women funny and tough enough to belt out a 'standup' act of one-line gags."

"I was one of those life-of-the-party types," Diller said in 1965. "You'll find them in every bridge club, at every country club. People invited me to parties only because they knew I would supply some laughs. They still do."

She didn't get into comedy until she was nearly 40, after her first husband, Sherwood Diller, prodded her for two years to give up her advertising career. Through it all, she was also a busy mother. "We had five kids at the time. I don't how he thought we'd handle that," she said in 2006.

A Chicago Tribune columnist, describing her appearance at a nightspot there in 1958, noted she was from San Francisco, hailed her as "the weirdest, wildest yet" — and made sure to mention her five youngsters.

Her husband managed her career until the couple's 25-year marriage fell apart in the 1960s. Shortly after her divorce she married entertainer Warde Donovan, but they separated within months. Through both marriages and other relationships, "Fang" remained.

"Fang is permanent in the act, of course," she once said. "Don't confuse him with my real husbands. They're temporary."

She also appeared in movies, including "Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number" and "Eight on the Lam" with Bob Hope. Diller had a cameo in "Splendor in the Grass" and was among the voices in the animated "A Bug's Life."

In 1966-67, she was the star of an ABC sitcom about a society family trying to stave off bankruptcy, "The Pruitts of Southampton." Gypsy Rose Lee played a nosy neighbor. In 1968, she was host of a short-lived variety series, "The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show."

But standup comedy was her first love. Although she could be serious during interviews, sooner or later a joke would pop out, often as not followed by her outrageous cackle: "AH-HHAAAAAAAAAAAA-HA-HA-HA!"

"It's my real laugh," she once said. "It's in the family. When I was a kid my father called me the laughing hyena."

Her looks were a frequent topic, and she did everything she could to accentuate them — negatively. She wore outrageous fright wigs and deliberately shopped for stage shoes that made her legs look as skinny as possible.

"The older I get, the funnier I get," she said in 1961. "Think what I'll save in not having my face lifted."

She felt different about plastic surgery later, though, and her face, and other body parts, underwent a remarkable transformation. Efforts to be beautiful became a mainstay of her act.

Commenting in 1995 about the repainting of the Hollywood sign, she cracked, "It took 300 gallons, almost as much as I put on every morning." She said her home "used to be haunted, but the ghosts haven't been back since the night I tried on all my wigs."

She recovered from a 1999 heart attack with the help of a pacemaker, but finally retired in 2002, saying advancing age was making it too difficult for her to spend several weeks a year on the road. "I have energy, but I don't have lasting energy," she said in 2006. "You have to know your limitations."

Diller continued to take occasional small parts in movies and TV shows ("Family Guy") and pursued painting as a serious hobby. She published her autobiography, "Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse," in 2005. The 2006 film "Goodnight, We Love You" documented her career.

When she turned 90 in July 2007, she fractured a bone in her back and was forced to cancel a planned birthday appearance on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno." But it didn't stop her from wisecracking: "I still take the pill 'cause I don't want any more grandchildren."

Her other books included "Phyllis Diller's Housekeeping Hints" and "Phyllis Diller's Marriage Manual."

"Don't get me wrong, though," she said in a 1982 interview that threatened to turn serious. "I'm a comic. I don't deal with problems when I'm working."

"I want people to laugh."

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Condolence & Memory Journal

Candle

Godspeed Phyllis, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us. Now performing eternally in the Ultimate Venue. Unforgettable.

Posted by Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ   August 20, 2018

Candle

What a lovely lady. She made a life for herself at a time when women were not thought of that way! She was fearless. She gave such joy with her wit and laughter! I'm glad I grew up in a time of her. Her hair,dresses, shoes everything about her was out there. I loved her laugh I would crack up everytime I heard her. Life well done! Peace be with you Phyllis .

Posted by Carol lane - Indianapolis, IN   March 27, 2015

Oh how we laughed. ;) RIP

Posted by Rod Freeman - Branson, MO - Friend   December 04, 2012

I first loved Phyllis' quote about short skirts... if skirts got any shorter, she was going to need her legs fixed ..."They don't go all the way up!"
Second, I enjoyed in her show, "The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show", a skit with Sonny and Cher, where Phyllis was playing the harpsichord (my instrument) and sounded not bad at all . They played "Back to Bach" after a few hits and misses. Actually not bad!

Posted by Anne Peterson Gasser - Redwood City, CA - Fan   September 05, 2012

Candle

She was a very funny lady! I grew up watching her on the movie screen with Bob Hope & a bunch of other famous actors & she was always just so comedic. I will miss seeing her & hearing that famous laugh of hers. Rest well Phyllis, I will miss you, the world is a little less funny now.

Posted by Helen Cremer - Admirer/Fan   September 05, 2012

Candle

Your comedic talent was awesome, and your musicianship, beyond impeccable. Such a talented artiste will be truly missed by us all! Rest in peace, o funny & musical lady!!

Posted by David Walach - longtime fan   September 04, 2012

I was a teenager when I first began to enjoy the comedy of Phyllis. That was back in the day when people enjoyed good, clean fun. It is sad to see that comedians have lowered their standards to get a laugh. Jesus says the meek shall inherit the earth. Hopefully, Phyllis will be rewarded for all of the laughs she provided in the world

Posted by georgia hendley - winder, GA - fan   August 31, 2012

Candle

I grew up having Miss Diller make me laugh . As a very young child I nick named my mother Phyllis. When we would be shopping and my mother least expect it and I made sure that I had some distance between my mother and myself, I would shout out load" Phyllis are you looking for this and would be holding up the biggest bra I could fined." Of course mom would turn red in the face and want to kill me but knew it was all in fun. We enjoyed going to see her when ever she was in town. She was one of a kind and will be deeply missed. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends.
She will always have a place in my heart till I die and hope to see her again in heaven.

Posted by Nancy Black - fan   August 31, 2012

Candle

The laughs are gone from here on earth, but they are now rolling in Heaven R.I.P.

Posted by micheal - fan   August 30, 2012

Candle

There was a dill pickle factory in our town with a huge billboard that had a picture of Phyllis on it. I always looked forward to seeing it when we were on that side of town. I was disappointed when the factory shut down and her picture wass gone.

Posted by Ray Hager - fan   August 27, 2012

Candle

In 1979 I was 18 years old and at the Pantland Hotel in GrandRapids MI
And just going unto the elevator to go down to the show room to see if I could get a glimps of Phyllis Diller and to my surprise she was in the elevator w her security guard and she said hey kid come on in. I looked at her she had a big diamond necklace around her neck. She seen me staring at it she said kid my bobbles aren't real people will hit me in the head for this and I don't need my hair messed up it take me all day to get it this way. She said good luke kid have a nice life and she got out I will never forget her laughter and watching her on tv as a young kid. I loved her I told her as she hugged me before she left the elevator

Posted by Patricia McCue - Fan   August 27, 2012

Candle

Saying farewell to a very funny woman and sending condolences to her family, relatives, friends and fans. She will be surely missed.

Posted by Gynnie Ann De Jesus - Fan   August 27, 2012

Candle

Hi Phyllis!
I always loved your work and never missed an opportunity to watch you on TV growing up! Thank you for the many hearty laughs Phyllis! "My hair anyone? Eeeeew!" Still use this one on my many bad hair days!

Posted by Lisa Wade - FAN   August 26, 2012

Candle

I remembered on the donny and Marie show, donny knocked off phyllis's wig. Donny apolized for it, and phyllis said it was alright, cause that is what we are here for to have fun and to make people laugh.

Posted by donald staples - friend   August 26, 2012

we truly loved to watch you on t v rip

i loved you

Posted by Susan Stewart - Wendell, NC - Fan   August 26, 2012

My family sends their deepest condolences. Ms. Diller will never be forgotten.

Posted by Bridgett Tompkins - Loudon, TN   August 26, 2012

Candle

I was fortunate enough to see her perform live about 40 years ago and I remember laughing so hard it made my sides hurt.

The world has lost a gifted artist.

Posted by Joe Kevin Byrd - Fan   August 26, 2012

Thanks for all the laughter : D

Posted by John LeBlanc - Chester, VA - fan   August 26, 2012

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Thank you for all the laughs.

Posted by Susan    August 26, 2012

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I sent Ms. Diller a note one day, just to ask if she had a copy of her appearance on the You Bet Your Life Show with Groucho Marx...I'd run across a copy and wanted to make sure she had it in her archives. I also happend to mention that I was a jazz musician...and she sent back a signed photo with a note on the back indicating she loved jazz, too. Who would have thought. A lady of many dimensions. And one of my alltime favorite entertainers. I have her signed picture up in my study. Thanks for all the laughs for all the years, Ms. Diller. You are one of a kind.

Posted by John Drexler - friend   August 26, 2012

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may you keep all the angels laughing.you'll be greatly missed.

Posted by candy - a great admirer for many years.   August 26, 2012

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A legend that will never be forgotten.

Posted by Thomas Johnson III - Life Partner   August 26, 2012

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I always loved your Laugh and bright smile, May you fly with the angles

Posted by Lansing A Hoffman - admirer   August 25, 2012

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I was only in contact with Phyllis once, when I spoke briefly to her on "Larry King Live" some years ago. I'd inquired of her just what she thought of the use of the f word by modern day comics. She replied that it was way overused. Larry said that Jackie Gleason referred to it as 'cheap' humour. Will miss you, Phyllis, you added so much laughter and joy to our world.

Posted by Cindy C. Brown - fan   August 25, 2012

We've lost an icon. She was the best! I loved her then, I love her still and will always. Make'em laugh up There!

Condolences to her family what they've lost can never be replaced so hang on to every memory.

Posted by Jodie Brown - Anderson, IN - Fan   August 25, 2012

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Our favorite performance of miss diller's was her role in THE ADDING MACHINE, with milo oshea. She should have received an academy award....unbelievable performance and unforgettable fantasy drama that is regrettably overlooked. One has to see it to believe it!!! We loved her, and always intended to let her know how much we loved her as mrs zero in THE ADDING MACHINE.

Posted by kizer - fans   August 25, 2012

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I shall forever remember your outrageous humor and infectious laugh. RIP Ms. Phyllis Diller while blessing the heavens....

Kari ward

Posted by Kari ward - Fan   August 24, 2012

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Thank you for your hearty laughter and dedication to comedy and to your family.

Posted by Preston McKinley - Fan!!!   August 24, 2012

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my mother was gravely ill over 40 years ago. someone gave her a copy of "housekeeping hints". i will never forget that she laughed and laughed. it was the last time i remember her laughing and truly enjoying her day! god bless miss diller.

Posted by garrett rutkowski - grateful admirer   August 23, 2012

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It was my great privilege to interview and know PHYLLIS DILLER: a strong, brilliant, funny, "highly organized" (grin) trailblazing comedian-pianist-international entertainer. Her many gifts to the world will long be remembered. Sending out assurance of prayers and "good thoughts" to the Diller family as well as Ingrid.

Thank you for the gift of "KILLER DILLER". God bless.

Posted by Ron Weekes - Entertainment Colleague   August 23, 2012

Such a funny lady,I remember when I was in Jackpot, Nevada she was the headliner in the main ballroom at Cautus Pete's Hotel and Casino.95 years old what a lovely life she must have had her children were so lucky to have such a great Mom.

Posted by Rick Hatzidakis - Los Angeles, CA - Fan   August 23, 2012

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Phyllis you made the world a better place with all the love you shared with us. Laughter is the best medicine which brightens everyones faces. We will cherish your special legacy and your cheerful smile. May god bless you in many ways.
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Posted by Mary - a true fan   August 23, 2012

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I loved watching her as a Girl, Thanks for the laughter!

Posted by jacqueline baker - fan   August 23, 2012

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My mentor is gone to join my other mentors, Lucy, Gilda, and now Phyllis! Thanks for the laughs. your penpal... James

Posted by James Brinker - Penpal   August 23, 2012

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God is certainly being entertained by the best now. I am priviledged to have grown up in the generations with many wonderful comedians - but Phillis Diller was unique and brilliant. And I appreciate her loving my distant family and enjoying their friendships. We will see you again soon. Rest In Peace, job well done.

Posted by HENRIETTA BLACKWELL CORLEY - Friend   August 23, 2012

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You have brought so many good times into our lives. My Mom never missed your shows. We took my Mom to see you at Laughs Comedy Club in Tucson, We ALL had such a FUN time.

Rest In Peace,
Cox Family in Tucson, AZ

Posted by Lynette - Fan   August 23, 2012

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You have brought so many laughs in our home,It's hard to believe your not here with us.R.I.P.Beautiful funny Lady,Forever in our hearts.Sue

Posted by Sue Lay - Great Fan   August 23, 2012

:) And her "messy hair" :)I'm hoping she made it to Heaven <3 love>

Posted by Connie - rhinelander, WI - fan :)   August 23, 2012

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SHE WAS A GREAT ACTRESS SHE WILL BE MISSED

Posted by KRISTY BROWN - FAN   August 23, 2012

Miss Diller was the first comedian I was aware of as a 10-year old when my family arrived to California from Argentina in 1965. It took me a while to understand Miss Diller since I didn't speak English. But when I learned, boy did she make me laugh. Then, in 1975, while working at the Las Vegas Hilton hotel I was fortunate enough to see her in person. Not at a show, but close and personal at the back of the hotel showroom in one of her memorable outrageous outfits walking past my office. She walked by with a little dog in a teal-colored number. It was classic Diller and I was privileged to see her. A nice memory that I have kept since that time.
Miss Diller was a funny, funny kind woman who lifted everybody' spirits for decades. Every joke she ever told could be enjoyed by young and old alike since they were clean ones. Not like the smutt being written nowadays. She was a class act and an example to be followed by the next generation of comedians. I will miss her forever.
My condolences to her family and friends from a fan who will never forget her.

Posted by Stella Swallick - Houston, TX - Fan since '65 upon US arrival   August 23, 2012

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R. I. P

Posted by Brenn Wilkins    August 23, 2012

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Phyllis Diller gave me so many good laughs. I especially loved her movies with Bob Hope. The two of them together were priceless. That was good old fashioned humor at its best. I will also think of her when I hear piano music since she was such a beautiful pianst.

Posted by Denise - Fan   August 23, 2012

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i always loved you as a comedian. i especially loved you and bob hope together. you will be missed

Posted by karen mullins - one of your biggest fan.   August 23, 2012

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Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
Thanks for a life time of memories, smiles and clean laughter!
Thanks for dedicating so many of your holidays to our service men I am sure it was hard for your family.
Thanks for sharing your humor, talent and touching so many lives around the world.
YOU are a true legend and will be missed.

Posted by Linda - Fan   August 22, 2012

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goodnite funny lady may you make them all laugh ans smile inheaven say hello to my dad and rodney dangerfield for me

Posted by matt flaherty    August 22, 2012

i loved her show, when she came down the steps singing how,ja do how ja do how je do.
my friends,many many years ago. and when she talked about fang, she cracked me up.
God bless you Phyllis you made everyone laugh.mrswilhop@gmail.com

Posted by virginia wilson - sarasota, FL - fan   August 22, 2012

I was a teenager driving down Rodeo Drive one day in 1969 when a parked car suddenly pulled out right in front of me very nearly causing an accident. I rolled down the window of my VW beetle in anticipation of giving the other driver a piece of my mind! Imagine my shock when Phyllis Diller's head popped out the window of the other car! She gave me a wave and let loose one of her trademark laughs then drove off leaving me sitting speechless! I have cherished that memory all these years!

Posted by Jim T    August 22, 2012

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RIP Ms. Diller...You were the best ...You always mad me laugh...God bless you, I'm sure you are in heaven making people laugh..
A fan...Paula Cartwright New Jersey

Posted by Paula Cartwright - Fan   August 22, 2012

Thank you for the laughter at the times I needed it the most. RIP

Posted by Sue kaatz - Portage, MI - Fan   August 22, 2012

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thank you for making me smile! :) and laugh out loud you are a beautiful lady!

Posted by mare - a fan   August 22, 2012

"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints."-Psalm 116:15. From early childhood phyllis has made us laugh; because of this wonderful Gift God had given her. May Phyllis rest in peace.

Posted by +Metropolitan Ephraem - Middletown, NJ - devoted fan   August 22, 2012

One-of-a kind! She brought great joy into my life and everyone else who knew her. I will never forget her loving nature, endless optimism and cracker-jack mind. Thank you, Phyllis, for all the laughter you brought to this broken world! It was a blast writing for you

Lydia Olson

Posted by lydia olson - mt. prospect, IL - her writer/greatest fan/friend   August 22, 2012

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WE LOVED PHYLLIS DILLER.
I FEEL LIKE I LOST MY MOTHER.
GREGG PROTEAUX
AUTHOR, "ATTITUDES AT EVERY ALTITUDE"

Posted by GREGG PROTEAUX    August 22, 2012

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You always made us laugh. Thanks for the memories!!!

Posted by Kaycie - fan   August 22, 2012

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RIP I will always remember you...thank you for a life time of memories and laughter. Condolences to the family!~

Posted by bonnie    August 22, 2012

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GGGGGGGGGOOD ONES

Posted by vicki davis - FRIEND   August 22, 2012

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Thank you. I grew up with you and fang.Awesome .I'm watching" Mad Monster Party". You Rock, Phyllis, Thank you,thank you,for yourself,and letting us be apart of you. Amen to you & fang. God bless .
Love G

Posted by Gina Pidoto - Dear friend & fan   August 22, 2012

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Thanks for all the laughter. Some of my best memories growing up are watching your movies and guest appearances with my mom. RIP Phyllis

Posted by Cindy Clark    August 22, 2012

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phillis....you will always be in my heart and soul ... every time i laugh and cry ...god took home a very special woman and friend ... will always love you and keep you close to my heart. i named one of my cats "phillis" and the other cat "diller" cause i always wanted you close to me.

Posted by james crane - friend   August 22, 2012

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I am one of Phyllis biggest fans, not only because I was born 7/17. She has been my inspiration to life and when I was down just had to watch one of her shows brought me happiness and joy.

Posted by Michelle Hale - Big Fan   August 22, 2012

The first of the two movies I cast Ms Diller in was called The Silence of the Hams. When she heard the title she said she wanted to do the movie without even reading the script. The title made her laugh. That movie starred Billy Zane and Dom DeLuise with Ms. Diller leading a great supporting comedic cast. The 2nd movie I cast her in was called Forget About It! starring Raquel Welch and Burt Reynolds. She played Mrs. Hertzberg who had a boy toy who wore chaps and she was thrilled she got to put her hand on his bare buttocks! When Ms. Diller introduced me to Perry, her son, at her house, she laughed and said: "Craig Campobasso is the man who that put me in that por**! She always got a big kick out of that! Will miss her dearly. No one will ever be able to forget that great laugh! XXOO a million times over. We had you for 95 wonderful years! Now the angels have you to make them laugh for eternity!

Posted by Craig Campobasso - Canyon Country, CA - Friend   August 22, 2012

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Phyllis , you were the best you made me laugh many many times over , thank you for sharing your talent , your gift , and your life with us all . You will truly be missed but not forgotten , R.I.P. Phyllis and keep them laughing in the sky till we meet again . GOD BLESS YOU and May HE Be The Keeper of Your Soul in Eternity , Amen .

A Fan,Always

Posted by Michelle McCray - Fan   August 22, 2012

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Your amazing talent will not be forgotten...May you rest in peace!!

Posted by Rhonda K Gibson - fan   August 22, 2012

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You made me laugh, thank you! Rest in Peace!

Posted by Kim    August 22, 2012

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You will be missed Ms Diller

Posted by marysue seyler - Fan   August 22, 2012

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you will be forever missed. I loved seeing you and Johnathan Winters together..Fun times.

Posted by Rick Lake - Fan   August 22, 2012

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You made me laugh. That is all I can say. I loved your exuberance for life and you taught me that laughter is one of the keys to life. Thank You.

Posted by Joan Witt - Admirer   August 22, 2012

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WOW, we so looked forward to her shows when we were kids my sister loved her, she could laugh just like her and wanted to be as funny as she was...

Posted by KAREN KEMPER - FAN   August 22, 2012

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saw Phyllis Diller at the Host Farm Resort in Lancaster PA in 1978. We had front row seats. So funny what a professional.Her expressions were as priceless as her 1 liners. She is probably doing stand up in heaven.. God Bless

Posted by dale kitzmiller - fan   August 22, 2012

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she was funny remember watching her as a child, she was a role model for my sister who laughed after alot of practice just like her,,,she wanted to gro up to be funny like her

Posted by Karen - FAN   August 22, 2012

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Phyllis was an extremely funny lady and will be sorely missed!!

Posted by Joanne LaFollette Drury - fan   August 22, 2012

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All the world is less rich through the loss of this wonderful woman. Although I did not meet her as soon in life as I wouid have wanted to, my father -- Harry T. Driver (Bowers) was her half brother having been born to Perry Driver (Phyllis' father) by his first wife Ms. Bowers in Pennsylvania. We visited her once at her home in Brentwood, procured three of her works of art and spent a wonderful afternoonShe will certainly be long remembered and missed. Edwin bowers "Gossiping" as she liked to say. was her half

Posted by Edwin Bowers - Nephew   August 21, 2012

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Was priviledged to see her standup show in Charlotte!! Good times!

Posted by Suzanne - FAN   August 21, 2012

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Our country has last a national treasure

Posted by Ken Case - Admirer   August 21, 2012

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My father met Phyllis Diller while serving his country, he said she was a hoot on stage but showed care and concern while meeting a few off stage. Thank you for the laughs!

Posted by Brenda Kae Merritt - daughter of military member   August 21, 2012

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I had the great opportunity to attend a performance of Phyllis at the Hilton Inn in Memphis, Tn in the late 70's. I have never laughed as much in my life as I did that night. My vocal cords closed down and I could not laugh any more for days. I love to listen to her albums often. Thanks Phyllis for a wonderful lifetime memory!!!

Posted by Leonard Finch - Admirer   August 21, 2012

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I had the thrill to sit with Ms Diller at the TWA Ambassador Club at the Pittsburgh Airport many years ago for nearly 30 minutes we chatted. My first time to see her in concert with the Pittsburgh Symphony at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena. Roof open she played the harpiscord and grand piano.
Also saw her as Dolly Levi in a limited engagement of Hello Dolly on Broadway. What a beautiful singing voice...always on pitch!
I hope the family realizes how important she was in our country in making people laugh and smile. So lucky for her life!

Posted by Dennis Burnham - FAN   August 21, 2012

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AN AMERICAN ICON

Posted by PAUL    August 21, 2012

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Hollywood has lost another great person,i will miss her witty humor,Rest In Peace Phyllis,my thoughts and prayers are with your Family.

Posted by Deb Harris    August 21, 2012

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the world loses another laugh that can never be replaced.

Posted by karen reagan - fan   August 21, 2012

Phyllis was a main stay at Pheasant Run Resort in St Charles, Il.
My Mother worked there for 31 years and often brought me to work with her. Phyllis told me my first joke at age 8. I asked her "What is Fang giving you for Christmas?" She said "A stove and it flushes!'
It was at that moment I knew comedy was for me! Over the years
I could be seen peeking at her act behind the curtains of the Dinner
Theater. Ladies and Gentleman Here she is Phyllis Diller!
I will always love you! Dottie Fletcher

Posted by Dottie Fletcher - Batavia, IL - Friend/comdian   August 21, 2012

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Have enjoyed Phyllis Diller my whole life. Her humor was not offensive and she lightened by day. So sorry to her family, but know she made a difference in peoples lives, certainly mine.

Posted by Sheila Grimes - a fan   August 21, 2012

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my depest sympathy goes out your family and fans! you were the 1st and the best. i will sadly miss her.

Posted by doug fisher - biggest fan   August 21, 2012

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Phyllis you will always be my FIRST LOVE. Heaven will be a livelier place now that your there. I WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER THANKS FOR ALWAYS MAKING ME LAUGH.

Posted by Ric Sniffen - Sweetheart   August 21, 2012

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She lived a long and good life. Our prayers go out to her family and friends! She was a real Corker!

Posted by Jerry    August 21, 2012

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Thank you.

Posted by ShelleyWestby - A fan.   August 21, 2012

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Twenty-five years ago, I shared a dentist with Ms. Diller. The stories he would tell about her as in how she could joke around even while having root canals and caps made her seem SO very human, not just the lady on TV. I saw her on the Ed Sullivan show in the late 50's or early 60's, and for years and years she was one of the best guests on talk shows. The world has lost a great humorist and a great lady and that's a sad thing.

Posted by SallyBaughn    August 21, 2012

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I loved watching Phyllis Diller on television. My aunt was so much like her, in her humor and wit.
RIP Phyllis, we love you.

Posted by Andrew Hollendursky - Fan   August 21, 2012

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GREAT LADY ! SHE WILL BE MISSED

Posted by SHERRLYN WALTERS - FAN   August 21, 2012

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Loved Phyllis Diller! She was one of a kind! My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. God Bless and RIP.

Posted by Ann Chicoine - longtime fan   August 21, 2012

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I have known of her my entire life. I tell my children about her all the time. She was an amazing comedian and actress. Her family will be in my prayers. Phyllis you have made a hugh mark on this world so you might be gone but you will never be forgotten.

Posted by Opal F - Fan   August 21, 2012

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Rest in Peace, I have always been a fan.

Posted by sonja hager - fan   August 21, 2012

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Thank you gracious Lady you will be remembered by many for the years you gave your Humor and Grace to the billions of people around the world

Posted by Louise Mesmer    August 21, 2012

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Phyllis, I know that you are in HEAVEN, and I hope you entertain GOD and all the ANGELS, just like you did here on Earth.

Posted by THE ARCHANGEL GABRIEL, 787 Ocean Ave., Apt. #807, Long Branch, - Celebrity Admirer   August 21, 2012

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I hope and pray that the Holy Trinity will bless Ms. Diller for the joy she brought her millions of fans, especially those who enjoyed her piano playing. We'll miss her,

Posted by Bill McEnaney - Fan   August 21, 2012

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Prayers, thoughts, love,and deepest sympathy to the family, friends, and loved ones of Phyllis Diller. You were incredibly talented, a wonderful entertainer, and will be greatly missed by everyone. You are a legend!! Rest in peace, and may God give your loved ones peace and comfort at this most difficult time.~

Posted by Patricia D. Smith Bruno - Fan ~   August 21, 2012

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No matter how bad a I was feeling her humor would always make me feel happy. She will be missed greatly

Posted by Michael Coleman - fan   August 20, 2012

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One of the greatest laughs in all the world, just hearing it made me feel wonderful. She will be truly missed.

Posted by David Mead - fan   August 20, 2012

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My mother used to dress up like Phyllis for Halloween. My mother was outrageous just like Phyllis. She will be sadly missed, I hope God is laughing right now.

Posted by Eric - Fan   August 20, 2012

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You were a true legend and even though you will be greatly missed, the heavens are smiling and I know you will be entertaining everyone up there. Rest in Peace xo

Posted by Lisa    August 20, 2012

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The Heavens will be brighter....now that a BRIGHT star has been added. The laughter in Heaven is now more vibarant.

To the family: May God's peace and comfort be with you now and in the days to come.

To Ms. Diller: Rest In Peace! Thanks for the laughs!

Posted by Billy Slimp    August 20, 2012

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RIP When you get there tell my mom I miss her so much she loved you now you will be there to make her laugh till I join her.

Posted by Misty Jorden    August 20, 2012

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May god bless you for all of the joy that you gave to us while you were here.... You were a true legend and will be missed.

Posted by Melissa Law    August 20, 2012


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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.