Phyllis Diller, Sassy Comedian, Dies at 95
LOS ANGELES — Long before Kathy Griffin was languishing on the D-list, Roseanne Barr was calling herself a domestic goddess and Joan Rivers was asking audiences if they could talk, wild-haired housewife-turned-comedian Phyllis Diller was dishing
Phyllis Diller died today at her Brentwood home surrounded by family after her health had been in decline ever since she suffered a bad fall, her rep confi.
Phyllis Diller was way ahead of her time — so says Joan Rivers, who tells TMZ, Diller didn't get the appreciation she deserved in her prime because…
Though she wasn't the first woman to do standup comedy, Diller's jokes about domestic life and her willingness to make fun of herself paved the way for countless funny ladies who came after her.
When I was just starting out, I did a routine at the Bon Soir nightclub in New York. I was really shaky and on the bill with a girl named Barbra Streisand. And Phyllis Diller was in the crowd — one of the first great stand-up comedians. She sat there