Phyllis Diller Dies At 95; Fans Remember Her Contributions To ComedyBy: Zach Walton - August 20, 2012
It’s safe to assume that everybody knows Phyllis Diller. She was one of the most unique comedians working in Hollywood thanks to her trademark laugh. Sadly, we’ll never hear that laugh anymore as Diller passed away in her home at the age of 95.
It’s being reported that her manager, Milton Suchin, said Diller passed away in her sleep “with a smile on her face.” She was with family at the time who were no doubt watching over her failing health that could be attributed to a recent fall she took.
Fans remember Diller fondly as one of the legendary comedians from the early age of television all the way up to the modern day. She got her start doing stand-up, but quickly moved to television and film. Many older fans remember her from shows like What’s My Line? and Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In.
Whether they knew it or not, children were also exposed to the trademark wisecracks of Diller through her extensive voice work in animated series and films like The New Scooby Doo Movies, Family Guy and A Bug’s Life.
Fans took to Twitter to share memories of the comedian and express their condolences to the family:
RIP Phyllis Diller, that laugh will never be duplicated. Its a bad week for Holllywood…
I can’t believe that one of my comic icons has passed away. We will miss you Phyllis Diller. Thank you for the years of laughter.
Not everyone is funny. When you’re funny, you really are. Phyllis Diller, R.I.P.
RIP Phyllis Diller. You did so much for women in comedy. You helped many of us women get the courage to go on the stage that first time.
Absolutely gutted over the loss of Phyllis Diller. She will always be one of my comedic icons.
“What I don’t like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day.” – RIP, Phyllis Diller.
R.I.P. Phyllis Diller – started out working with greats such as Jack Benny and Bob Hope & up to recent gigs with Family Guy/Robot Chicken
Phyllis Diller, the housewife turned humorist who aimed some of her sharpest barbs at herself has died at the age of 95. RIP
The last Phyllis Diller joke I heard: “The best contraceptive for old people is nudity.” RIP