Comedienne Phyllis Diller Dies at 95

Posted August 20th, 2012 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Comedienne Phyllis Diller, one of America's first female stand-up comedy stars, has died at age 95.

Diller began her career in the 1950s when women stand-up comics were rare. She created an indelible persona with her distinctive laugh, a cigarette holder, teased hair, outlandish costumes and a fictional husband she called “Fang.”

Her first national exposure came as a contestant on Groucho Marx's TV show You Bet Your Life.

After retiring from stand-up in 2002, Diller continued to take occasional small parts in movies and TV shows, and she 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.

The cause of Phyllis Diller's death was not released.