Phyllis Diller, Legendary Comic, Dies at 95: Report

Celebrity News Aug. 20, 2012 AT 3:30PM
Phyllis Diller circa 1965. Phyllis Diller circa 1965. Credit: Silver Screen Collection/Getty

So long, Phyllis Diller.

Said to be in failing health having recently suffered a fall, the legendary female comic passed away at her Los Angeles home surrounded by family, TMZ reports. She was 95.

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TMZ adds that Diller -- fitted for a pacemaker after a 1999 heart attack -- had been receiving hospice care at her home.

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Diller rose to fame thanks to an appearance on Groucho Marx's game show You Bet Your Life in 1955. Diller -- then working as a journalist -- transitioned into a comedy career and made audiences laugh on The Jack Paar Show and on her own self-titled variety show. The comic -- whose routines frequently included anecdotes about her fictitious husband "Fang" and her plastic surgery -- appeared on the small screen on shows including 7th Heaven, Blossom and on The Bold and the Beautiful as Gladys Pope.

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Some of Diller's final roles included The Aristocrats in 2005 and on TV Family Guy in 2007, on which she voiced Peter's mom, Thelma.

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