Phyllis Diller, Legendary Comedian, Is Dead

Phyllis Diller, who was known for her brand of self-deprecating humor and trademark laugh, has died at 95.

Diller made her name with her standup routines on shows like Ed Sullivan. Her outrageous dress even rivaled that of Liberace’s, whom she appeared with.

The AP reports that according to her longtime manager she died in her sleep on Monday. The AP adds:

“Diller was a staple of nightclubs and television from the 1950s until her retirement in 2002. She was famous for her distinctive laugh and portrayed herself as a bizarre housewife with a husband named ‘Fang.’

“She would tell audiences that ‘I bury a lot of my ironing in the back yard.’”

In an interview with the Comedy Hall of Fame, Diller said she never intended to become a comedian. She was a housewife with five children. But her husband told her, she was born a comedian.

One day she relented and based her comedy on the travails of life in a home.

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