Phyllis Diller Is Dead At 95

Remember the legendary comic with 10 of her classic one-liners.

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Phyllis Diller in 2010.

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TMZ reports that Phyllis Diller’s health had been declining ever since a recent fall. She died Monday in Los Angeles, surrounded by family.

Diller, who began her career in 1952, will be remembered for many things — her wicked laugh and can’t-be-tamed hair among them. She appeared in 23 films with Bob Hope, ran her own TV show, became a fixture in The New Scooby-Doo Movies, and even posed for Playboy. (Before you hit Google, know the photos were never released.)

But Diller’s real legacy is the road she paved for today’s female comedians.

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a revolutionary woman who inspired me always has died today-but I know she was ready and wanted to go. Fly Free, friend. Phyllis Diller RIP— Roseanne Barr

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

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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

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Here, we remember Diller for her unparalleled brand of nuttiness:

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Diller on The Ed Sullivan Show November 27, 1960.

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“It’s a good thing that beauty is only skin deep, or I’d be rotten to the core.”

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Diller pretending to comb her hair with an electric toothbrush in 1965.

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“Housework can’t kill you, but why take a chance?”

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Diller in a promotional photo for the film Boy, Did I Get A Wrong Number.

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“His finest hour lasted a minute and a half.”

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Diller circa 1970.

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“My photographs don’t do me justice — they just look like me.”

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Diller in 1978.

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“A bachelor is a guy who never made the same mistake once.”

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Diller on NBC’s Women Who Rate 10 in 1981.

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“Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight.”

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Diller in 1987.

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“I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.”

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Diller in 1998.

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“Women want men, careers, money, children, friends, luxury, comfort, independence, freedom, respect, love, and a $3 pantyhose that won’t run.”

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Diller in 2001, at the Lloyd Klein & David Hayes Collection Fashion Show.

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“My cooking is so bad my kids thought Thanksgiving was to commemorate Pearl Harbor.”

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Diller in 2004 at a benefit at the Gindi Theatre in California.

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“Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home.”

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