She created a stage persona of a wild-haired, eccentrically dressed housewife who makes self-deprecating jokes about her age and appearance, her terrible cooking, and a husband named “Fang”, while pretending to smoke from a long cigarette holder. Diller’s signature was her unusual laugh.
Sources close to Diller tell us the comedian died at her L.A. home, surrounded by family. She was 95.
We’re told Diller 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.
Diller suffered a heart attack in 1999 and was later fitted with a pacemaker.
Phyllis began her career all the way back in 1952 — and rose to fame with her TV specials alongside Bob Hope in the 1960s.