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Arts and Entertainment

Comic Legend Phyllis Diller Dead at 95

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Legendary comedian Phyllis Diller has died, TMZ is reporting. The sassy and spunky entertainer was 95, and reportedly died surrounded by loved ones at her Los Angeles home.

The Ohio-born Diller was a housewife and advertising copywriter, and began her career in radio, then television, offering homemaking tips in the early 1950s. Diller's first stand-up routine was in 1955. She made numerous television appearances, as a guest performer or in her own short-lived series, through the 1960s and 70s. Diller also took the lead role on Broadway in "Hello, Dolly!" in 1969.

Diller, per TMZ, "had recently fallen, hurting her wrist and hip, and her health had been on the decline ever since. She had been living in hospice care at her home." In 1999, Diller suffered a heart attack.

"Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse," is Diller's autobiography, which was published in 2005.