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Phyllis Diller, groundbreaking comedienne, has died at 95.
Her agent Fred Wostbrock confirmed the news today.
"It is a great loss today," Mr.Wostbrock.
"She was a true pioneer and the first lady of standup. She paved the way for Chelsea Handler, Roseanne Barr, Joan Rivers and Ellen DeGeneres.
“She was the best. The first female standup to play Vegas. She was on Broadway, she made movies, she did it all."
Ms. Diller's career stretched from live standup to television and movie appearances.
She developed a stage persona of a wild-haired, eccentrically dressed housewife who makes self-deprecating jokes about her age and appearance, her terrible cooking and her good for nothing husband named "Fang."
All the while pretending to smoke from a long cigarette holder.
“The lights have gone out, with Fang,” she would joke about her husband; “the last time there was a gleam in his eyes was when the electric blanket shorted out.”
She flouted convention by sporting an avante garde fashion featuring an uninhibited sense of color, a mix – never match - of psychedelic prints, jungle patterns, and garishly loud symmetrical prints in an otherwise button down television world.
Yet she developed a reputation as a “taste-setter” an, in 1971, she partnered with designer Gloria Johnson to create a line called “Omar of Omaha,” that featured what Ms. Diller called her “frilly-dilly” style.
Phyllis Diller sported a colorful, strongly patterned and glittered costumery.
But her whacky costumery would also grab a quick laugh.
She sometimes appeared in what she called her “Crystal Chandelier,” a 300 bulb dress, or her one of her many huge necklaces covering most of her neck.
She often hilariously joked about her plastic surgery, and the need for it because of her supposedly hideous appearance.
“Would you believe that I went and entered a beauty contest? Not only did I finish last, I got 361 get well cards. (Ms. Diller on an appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show)”
“I’ll never give up on my looks. I’m on the fourteenth year of a ten-day beauty plan.”
“I finally had to get a tattoo on my chest; I wanted something no it.”
Ms. Diller has publicly and bluntly discussed her plastic surgery.
With it, she changed her persona from being deliberately ugly to being somewhat chic and attractive for her age.
Ms. Diller's efforts toward “normalizing” plastic surgery netted her numerous awards and acknowledgments from plastic surgeons and medical organizations.
Ms. Diller was born to Perry Marcus Driver and Frances Ada Romshe. Her German great-grandfather, Ludwig Treiber, anglicized the surname to Driver.
She worked as long as her health permitted, never giving up the quick patter, the wild fashion or the teased hair.
A housewife, mother and advertising copywriter, Ms. Diller appeared on The Jack Paar Show and as a contestant on Groucho Marx's quiz show You Bet Your Life in the mid-1950s.
Later in the decade, her career took off after selling out 87 straight weeks at San Francisco's legendary nightclub The Purple Onion.
It was there that Ms. Diller honed her act.
In her heyday, Ms. Diller achieved a record that still stands today in the Guinness Book of World Records for delivering 12 punch lines per minute, which is typical of her often outrageous, staccato style of comedy.
Ms. Diller, a longtime resident of Brentwood, credits much of her success to the late Bob Hope, in large part because Mr. Hope costarred with Ms. Diller in 23 TV specials and in three films in the late 1960s, "Eight on the Lam," "The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell" and "Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number!."
All of these films were failures at the box office, but Mr. Hope invited Ms. Diller to perform with him in Vietnam in 1966 with his USO troupe during the height of the conflict in that country.
She kept a framed portrait of Mr. Hope above her grand piano in the living room of her home, and in her private life she is an accomplished pianist as well as a painter.
Ms. Diller has been married three times. She was divorced twice and widowed once.
She has five children from her marriage to her first husband, Sherwood Ms. Diller, on whom "Fang" was based.
Ms. Diller's daughter Sally has suffered from schizophrenia for most of her life. Ms. Diller's second husband was Warde Donovan.
Ms. Diller is a grandmother several times over.
Ms. Diller died at her Los Angeles home surrounded by family.