Phyllis Diller, comedian, dies at 95
Phyllis Diller, a comedian known for her self-deprecating humor, died at the age of 95 on Monday, August 20, in Los Angeles.
The family of the comedian confirmed her death to OnTheRedCarpet.com. She "died peacefully in her sleep."
Her longtime manager, Milton Suchin, told The Associated Press she was found by her son, Perry Diller, and that she died "with a smile on her face."
Diller began her sand-up career in the 1950s and retired in 2002.
Part of Diller's act was self-deprecating humor about her looks, poor skills as a housewife and a fictional husband named "Fang."
Diller regularly made appearances on shows like "What's My Line? Mystery Guests" and "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" during the 1960s. She also had a short-lived variety series called "The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show" in 1968.
Diller said she was encouraged by her first husband, Sherwood Diller, to enter the comedy business. The couple had six children together. The two divorced in the 1960s and she married Warde Donovan shortly after but the two divorced in 1966.
She suffered a near-fatal heart attack in 1999.
Diller had acting roles in films like "Splendor in the Grass" and shows like "7th Heaven" and "Family Guy."
The Lima, Ohio, native published her autobiography, "Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse," in 2005 and was the subject of a 2006 documentary film "Goodnight, We Love You."
Diller is seen in the photo above in 2009 with KABC-TV reporter George Pennacchio on the set of Dancing with the Stars.