Cast of Carol Burnett Show reflect on Phyllis Diller's passing
By April MacIntyre Aug 21, 2012, 4:40 GMT
Phyllis Diller - "Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis" Encore Original Documentary Hollywood Premiere - Arrivals - Paramount Theater at Paramount Studios 5555 Melrose Avenue - Hollywood, CA, USA © Andrew Evans / PR Photos
Phyllis Diller, the housewife who morphed into a career comic with a trademark cackle, died Monday morning in her Los Angeles home at age 95.
Diller made hay sharing houseife anecdotes and self-deprecating barbs about her self and her husband named "Fang."
Her longtime manager, Milton Suchin, told The Associated Press, "She died peacefully in her sleep with a smile on her face."
The iconic cast of The Carol Burnett Show released their statements:
“Phyllis has been a dear friend for many years. She was a pioneer for women stand-up comedians. I was with her a few weeks ago, and she had me on the floor with a few choice jokes. Funny, charming and loving... I’ll miss her.” -- Carol Burnett
"Phyllis Diller came through a mine field of male comedians when she arrived on the comedy scene and she defused them all. She won her place in the Hall of Comedy as the First Lady. I will miss her." – Tim Conway
“95 years old. Pretty damned incredible! She was one of the original pioneers in a truly male dominated industry. And yet, she was one of the nicest, kindest, funniest, sincerest women I have ever known. She is, and forever will be, a genuine, pivotal piece of comedy history. She had such a gentle, hysterical way of laughing at herself without ever making us feel uncomfortable about laughing with her. Study up youngsters! She was one of a kind!” – Vicki Lawrence
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