Phyllis Diller Dead at 95

Stand-up comedian and actress Phyllis Diller died today at the age of 95. She was at her home in L.A., surrounded by family. According to TMZ, her health had been on a decline since a recent fall which hurt her wrist and hip.

Comedian and talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres Tweeted, “We lost a comedy legend today. Phyllis Diller was the queen of the one-liners. She was a pioneer.” And comedian Frank Conniff Tweeted to Diller’s husband, “Fang, I’m so sorry for your loss. Rest in Peace, Phyllis Diller.”

Known for her eccentric style, self-deprecating humour and unusual laugh, Diller began her career in 1952 on the radio in Oakland, Calif., and worked her way up to stardom with TV specials alongside Bob Hope in the 1960s.