Phyllis Diller, Famed Comedian, Dies at 95

Phyllis Diller is remembered for her larger-than-life comedy.
3:00 | 08/20/12

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Long before -- long before -- there was Phyllis Diller a mother of five who needed money. And turned her life into a punch line at a time when standup comedy was almost impossible for women. She died today at 95 and -- -- -- reminds us why she was the least likely TrailBlazer. The only thing wilder than that laugh. -- -- -- -- That look was what came out of her mouth of the world -- his faded when I was -- doctors let -- Phyllis Diller was the queen of stand up. A pioneer who -- decided to become a professional comedian -- aged 38 after she married and had five children I was the only woman doing what I was doing. The portion is playing clubs she was making them laugh at the laundromat. She -- she started as a poor unhappy housewife. Making another poor and unhappy housewives forget their troubles and -- thought to be funny she had to look funny. -- the classically trained pianist the hair of the wardrobe it was all an act. -- -- did not -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- She became a regular on the Tonight Show headliner club's Joan Rivers telling us tonight she was an inspiration. Appear comedienne. She showed that letter or going to end up there. And -- -- let -- -- our actually doesn't he just saying. She inspired a generation of female comedians Whoopi Goldberg and Ellen DeGeneres remembering Diller. We lost a comedy legend today a true original has died. In her fifties she admitted having more than a dozen cosmetic surgeries which became part of her routine. Often joking that she had so many cosmetic surgeries god wouldn't recognize her when she died. That's signature -- Okay. Never changed. -- -- -- CA BC news New York.

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