Phyllis Diller Dead: Queen of Comedy's Best Moments

Show-business pioneer paved the way for female comics with her legendary comedy.
3:00 | 08/21/12

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Phyllis diller, passed away at the age of 98 yesterday. Her comedy paved the way for a generation of funny ladies. And chris connelly looks back at the show dynamo. Reporter: Almost 60 years ago, when mainstream standup was more male than augusta national, phyllis diller was a working wife and mother of five, who decided to discover on stage if looks could kill, comedically speaking, that is. I've had so many things done by plastic surgeons to my body, when I die, god won't know me. Reporter: She poked prefeminist fun at her housewife short comings. I have always been interested in housework. I never did any. Reporter: And over and over again at her appearance. Spin the bottle, if they don't want to kiss you, they'd give you a quarter. By the time I was 12, I owned my own home. Reporter: Diller was an instant audience favorite. And became a frequent foil on bob hope's tv special. Don't I have a sympathetic face? Your face has my sympathy. Reporter: And his tours of VIETNAM IN THE '60s. If they can make this place look beautiful, think what they can do for me. Reporter: And she wasn't afraid to take on anyone during dean martin's baudy roasts. The last time ronnie ran for office, I saw a pregnant woman wearing a campaign button saying, reagan's the man. Reporter: Ironically, the woman quick to criticize her own face, became a devotee of plastic surgery. Talk of the work s had done, became as much a part of her act as her feather boa. Her one-liners would make johnny carson smile and delight female viewers who saw all of the laughter of their own lives. Ugliest baby. When I was born, the doctors slapped everybody. Reporter: Phyllis diller died in her sleep on monday, at the age of 95. For "good morning america," chris connelly, abc news, new york. Sam said it best. She's still funny. Yeah. Haven't heard the voice in so long. But it cuts right through. And that great laugh she had.

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