Rosie did a wonderful, one-hour tribute to her on her ill-fated OWN talk show last year.
We've been talking about her old age for so long I'm surprised this day has finally come. I was thinking she would be around for even longer.
Wonderful woman; a groundbreaker and class act.
She will be missed.
She had a good run...
Usually when a celeb dies, I think they were annoying, overrated, spoiled narcissists, whatever. I don't like most celebs, but I liked Phyllis. She lived a very long life though, and was still making public appearances and even performing I think, either until recently or right up to the end.
She just had a birthday. How did she die? I bet it was the AIDS
Arggh, my childhood hero, I loved her on the talk shows.
Rest In Peace
It's about time.
If you have Netflix Streaming, check out "Good Night, We Love You", a great documentary about her at the end of her stand-up career. She had a lot of firsts under her belt and, off stage, seemed like a very genuine, balanced human.
Amazing woman and comedian. RIP
Phyllis was so old that she got a senior citizen discount to see Birth of a Nation.
She was so old that she remembered the best thing BEFORE sliced bread!
Not crazy about her sixties comedy involving her husband "fag". Hopefully she became enlightened with the passing decades.
r20 must be a joke, but that was Fang, not Fag. I'm sure Phyllis was totally gay-friendly and liberal, she was an atheist as well.
I knew her years ago, back when she started calling herself ugly and making jokes about her looks. It was pretty funny because in real life, and without her stage make up, she was quite pretty.
Fang, R20, Fang.
It was FANG, R20.
R20, the name was "Fang."
She managed to retain a human appearance with her plastic surgeries unlike the disgusting looking Joan Rivers.
She was one of a kind!
RE - You're an idiot. It was "Fang" . Young people are so ignorant today.
OMG Its too soon :(
Unfortunately her death will be overshadowed by Tony Scott.
These things happen sometimes.
I think R20 was an Emily Latilla type joke, surely.
She was great. And old. And she smelled.
I knew people in St. Louis (Kirkwood) who knew her before she started her career, and so much of her early schtick came right out of her personality and family experiences.
Kisses, Phyllis. But in the air, you old sack of ugly.
Her husband's nickname was "fang"- doofus !
I heard that Susan Lucci and Robin Strasser are sisters and Phyllis Diller is their mother!
I don't know about that. Most people don't know the names of film directors except maybe Spielberg.
Most people over at least 35 are familiar with Diller. Gen Xers know her from her animated guest appearances on "Scooby Doo."
She performed at one of Philly's Gay Pride Festivals (easily ten years ago), so she was indeed gay-friendly.
And Mickey Rooney is still with us.
Liza Minnelli is still with us!?!
She died in her sleep, but was surrounded by family?
...and Jerry Lewis, R39. Don't forget that asshole.
R39, don't forget me!
R20, are you joking or just an idiot?
I posted notes of condolence on both Robin Strasser and Susan Lucci's Facebook pages.
She made an appearance in the documentary "Who Killed the Electric Car?" about ten years ago talking about how she remembered riding around in one of the first electric cars when she was a small child!
R20 -- sorry if this has been posted already, but her nickname for her ex-husband was "Fang." He did sue her, though; so did her MIL.
"She died peacefully in her sleep with a smile on her face," manager Milton Suchin told the Associated Press.
And she paid a lot of money for that smile, many many times.
What was the name of her ex-husband?
She sent me a very kind note and a copy of her book one time.
I will always have great fondness for Phyllis--she was a supportive friend, trusting confidant, and an exceptionally tender and erotic lover.
Saw her play the wicked witch in THE WIZARD OF OZ at Starlight Theatre in K.C. in the 80's. The entire 7 night run was a sell out.
Phyllis Diller gave me one of my big breaks in show business, and I'm so grateful for all of her support throughout the years.
During the last year of my series Phyllis would visit me on the set and we would scissor wildly; her labia touching mine was such a lovely feeling.
She was one of the best.
I met her once about 25 years ago and she was kind of a bitch.
Buckeye from Lima
The Show wasn't a success but the opening credits were the best in TV history. I dare you to not get that song stuck on you head.
Phyllis dear sweet Phyllis. I will forever remember the woman who took my cherry.
Phyllis Diller taught me how to be a woman.
I'm crying as I type….
I'm sad, very sad. I didn't expect her death to affect me, but It sure has.
I was always happy watching a Phyllis Diller routine.
I drive past her house everyday on Rockingham and smile. I wondered why there were so many cars so early this morning.
Phyllis on her start:
[quote]"My first audience…were gay people, because they have a great sense of humor. They love comedy and they love to laugh. How do you think they got the word gay put on them? The second people were ladies, women, who just heard me say what they'd been thinking. Like bitching about ironing and housework and all that stuff. And that is comic."
How she managed to survive so long without Wayland Flowers' forearm up her ass, I have no idea.
I threw a lamp at her once.
I love the lady.
A true original.
She was one of the unhealthiest looking people yet she lived to be 95. I'm just saying.
She gave Barbra her start.
I'm stunned this thread still isn't on the first page. She revolutionized stand up comedy for woman.
EVERY single female comic out there today is there because of her.
Shit..now I only have Babs as a living legend that I can imitate.
"She was just so smart. If something happened at four o'clock, it was in her act at eight o'clock. She didn't need a funny hat, she didn't need a funny wig, she didn't need shoes... I adored her. She was so on top of everything.
"She was the first who really did stand up. She didn't sing, she didn't dance, she came out and she did an hour of great talk. And I think she's the first woman who ever really did that..."
- JOAN RIVERS
A true original has died. Phyllis Diller There was NOOne like her, no 1 looked like her sounded like her... Classy& Smart RIP".
- WHOOPI GOLDBERG
"Oh!God that makes me sad! What a shame We loved her in this house! She was More amazing than i (can) say"
"Farewell, Phyllis. Thanks for everything, especially your sweetness with my mother. Godspeed, dear friend."
- NANCY SINATRA
"Today marked the passing of one of the great comedic icons of all time. She was also my friend. Phyllis Diller, you'll always make me laugh."
- KIEFER SUTHERLAND
"RIP Phyllis. You will be missed here but Heaven will be jumping tonight. Sad day for us all."
- PATTY DUKE
"We lost a comedy legend today. Phyllis Diller was the queen of the one-liners. She was a pioneer."
- ELLEN DEGENERES
"The thing that strikes me most about Phyllis, aside from a joy to be around, was her uniqueness, There was no one like Phyllis before, and I doubt if there will be anyone after."
- BOB NEWHART
"a painter on canvas and in humour of the human condition."
- HENRY WINKLER
"a revolutionary woman who inspired me always has died today-but I know she was ready and wanted to go. Fly Free, friend. Phyllis Diller RIP"
- ROSEANNE BARR
"it was an honor to know her to laugh with her to be inspired by her. without her none of ladies could have ever made it"
- SANDRA BERNHARD
I'm still alive?
Barbra Streisand gave Phyllis her first job back in the 60s.
Another Republican dead. GOOD!
I may be in the minority, but I never found her funny. Her one-liners were horrendous. Always forced laughter from the audience. I would pray for Joan Rivers to come on and actually be a funny woman. Sad, I suppose, though.
She was hilarious and so ahead of her time. I remember her from talk shows when I was little then carpet cleaning commercials back in the 70's or 80's - for Steamatic, I think, or one of those. Indicating that her carpets were so filthy before having them cleaned, she ended the commercials by saying, "I had NO IDEA this was a shag!" followed by her funny laugh.
r60, never hears a racist thing she said...NEVAH!
I just spoke to a friend who had drinks with her 2 months ago - Martini's - He said she was blind and he had to put the stem of the glass in her hand, but she drank and still joked!
Babs must be in constant mourning. Great clip at R87
Her comments at the Streisand roast made me cry. Phyllis was one of the giants, one of the greats.
Babs lost TWO friends recently. Marvin Hamlisch and Phyllis Diller.
Phyllis was an iconic, ground-breaking comedienne who overcame so much to get to the top of her profession. So funny and talented! They're all laughing it up in heaven now!
Barbra's losing all her old friends - No statement yet, on Phyllis. Time is a bitch......and so am I .
As a kid in the 60's I remember being dragged to the drive in with my parents to see Sorry I Dialed a Wrong Number with Bob Hope, Elke Sommer and Phyllis Diller. Even then the movie was stupid but Phyllis stole every scene she was in. She was whacked and I loved seeing her on tv. The Roseanne's Nuts episodes is still on my dvr. I'll have to watch tonight.
I should be used to the pointless nastiness on DL after many years but some of this thread stakes out a new low.
[quote] I remember being dragged to the drive in with my parents to see Sorry I Dialed a Wrong Number with Bob Hope
Actually, the title was "Boy Did I Get a Wrong Number."
But a mash-up with Sorry Wrong Number might have been interesting....
Will GLEE do a Phyllis Diller tribute episode? Hold a memorial service at The Lima Bean?
[quote]She was great. And old. And she smelled.
I knew people in St. Louis (Kirkwood) who knew her before she started her career, and so much of her early schtick came right out of her personality and family experiences. Kisses, Phyllis. But in the air, you old sack of ugly.
She's old, how fuck old are you and your friends Grandpa?
I don't think anyone here mentioned her being an artist, too. A lot of them were big-eyed faces and rather cartoony city scenes, but she also tried some interesting things.
A little-known fact is that Phyllis Diller was Angie Dickinson's pussy double in "Dressed To Kill." Many people have wrongly assumed that Lucille Ball was the pussy double (or "stunt cunt" as it is known in the Industry) and Lucy was originally hired, but backed out when Brian de Palma told her she had to shave. Phyllis then stepped in and the rest is history. When "Angie" is getting finger-banged in the shower at the beginning of the film, that is actually Phyllis's pussy you are seeing.
Any comment from Jo Anne Worley?
Most of you won't remember this, but Phyllis was the spokesperson for a now-defunct regional brand called Paramount Pickles ("The Beautiful Pickle") in the 1970s and early 80s. The TV commercials were usually just 30 seconds of Phyllis doing material and shoehorning a product plug in at the end. So we got to see Phyllis do a little standup almost every day growing up.
I'll miss Phyllis. Also the pickles.
"Barbra's Law" invoked again.
She will be missed.
Who did her facelifts?
[quote]Who did her facelifts?
Everyone, R103, everyone.
Some might not find her old routines funny, most likely due to the generation gap, but she did have some very funny moments. It's a far cry from some of today's comics who feel they have to rely upon obscenities and vulgar set-ups in order to get a laugh.
In her autobiography "Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse", ex-wife Phyllis Diller claims Warde was bisexual, which resulted in their divorce in 1975.
Tall, handsome baritone of post-war musicals who met wife Phyllis Diller while both were performing in a Chicago revival of the musical "Wonderful Town" in the summer of 1962.
A man would almost have to be a bisexual to want to marry Phyllis Diller. She's in Judy and Liza territory.
I think she was funnier with her original face. Like Carol Burnett looking more goofy and vulnerable with her weak chin, Phyllis's brash, assertive persona was enhanced by her large nose. Cutting it off made her more telegenic, but Streisand certainly gets the last laugh in the link at R87.
Another neat facet of Diller's character is that she was a classically trained pianist and all-around musician. She surprised audiences with her singing ability as Dolly Levi late in the show's Broadway run. She discusses her casting as Dolly and her approach to the role at the link:
So sad, I listened to the news and they had news about Fatso's heart attack and that sissy's suicide but nothing about Phyllis who was the greatest women comic and opened the door for all female comics.
Oh well I guess unless you're a lez or insane you don't count.
They showed her house once. She had gorgeous antiques and very beautiful taste. It so sad that there are hardly any REAL LEGENDS LEFT and any REAL ICONS AND STARS LEFT. Now we are left with these reject no talent losers! Sorry I have to say it because its true. That one of a kind lady is going to be greatly missed!
R111, I heard Phyllis say on a radio show that she couldn't breathe out of her old nose.
Watching the online documentary about her you see her gift surpasses most comics today, male or female.
She still had her chops in old age, perfect timing, fantastic delivery, and witty!
Most comics today are not witty. They play to a very broad audience which includes a lot of retards, so they dumb it down too much. But they don't mind dumbing it down in order to get a t.v. show.
Phyllis Diller was a genius.
Rest in Peace.
I also never found Diller's stand-up amusing but there's no doubt she was a trailblazer and was a great guest on talk shows. I had seen her at John Wayne airport several years back when she was flying to Vegas for a gig. She was in a wheelchair and looked very frail so I'm also surprised she held on as long as she did.
While she was a product of her times, she was also sensitive to cultural issues. She had a gig in NYC shortly after the Central Park "wildings" and she included a joke about how she could run through the park naked and not be touched. She was booed and removed the joke.
[quote]Oh well I guess unless you're a lez or insane you don't count.
You don't count, what's your excuse besides being a cunt?
Well, RIP, my dear. You truly were a one of a kind...
I'm with r79. I understand that she was a trailblazer for women in comedy, and by every account she was a lovely lady... but I never found her funny in the least.
I much preferred Totie Fields.
Its funny how no one mentions this poor lady for decades, then when she dies, people say, "she will be missed".
What's up with that?
R124, you're unawareness of Diller's influence and the respect felt for her doesn't mean anything. No one expects the clueless to realize anything until its broadcast at them for 24 hours straight with blinking lights and sound effects blaring. And then, like you, they say, "Huh? Who? Huh?"
[quote]Its funny how no one mentions this poor lady for decades, then when she dies, people say, "she will be missed".
Rosie did an hour long tribute to her this year and she was a guest on Roseanne's Hawaii reality show. She was mentioned.
For many, the "mind's world" is filled with people we know are alive even if seldom seen. When one of these people pass away, they are missed as though seen everyday. Too bad there are sour puss posters who have no concept or appreciation of this very large piece of our humanity.
Yes, Phyllis will be greatly missed by many even though she's been less seen as she aged.
RIP lovely Lady.
R125, R126 and R127.
Gentlemen, you mis-interpreted my post.
As a child of the 60s and 70s, I certainly remember her well and appreciate her brand of humor.
What I meant to convey is the idea that when a previously famous person dies, many people who werent even aware of that person's talent come out of the woodwork and say "how untimely his or her passing was".
Its like when someones relative dies and another relative who hasn't seen the deseased in 40 years feigns false sorrow at their passing.
Thank you for allowing me to clear up this false perception
Phyllis was one of the few comedians of her era that was not miserable off-stage. She was generally happy, well adjusted, and highly intelligent, btw.
That being said, I loved her, hated her dated humor. Even in the 1960s.
Give it up already, r128.
I just heard Phyllis died during childbirth and both she and her 60 year old fetus didn't survive. If it had survived, Freda/Freddie fetus would have been eligible to collect her death benefits and her full social security until age 26 if it remained in college. Since the taxes on her cottage is likely well over $50.000. a year, that really wouldn't have helped very much.
She was funny, but sometimes (certainly not always) I thought the one liners were sort of lame.
BUT, she could sell a joke. Her delivery, voice, character could make you chuckle, even if the actual joke wasn't that great.
I just love the What's My Line? clip of her appearance on the show, relatively early in her career.
You have to realize that no one looked like that or dressed like that back then. She was utterly outrageous.
Trust that pill, Dorothy Kilgallen, to whisper Diller's identity to Sammy Davis Jr. and cheat the audience out of what might have been a funny exchange between the two. Gamesmanship always came before showmanship with Dorothy. She'd rather nip the fun in the bud then let the game go on and risk having Arlene or Bennett guess correctly before her turn came round again.
R134 you make a very good point. I remember she was interviewed around 6 or so years ago, and she said I don't dress off the wall anymore because now that is the norm.
BTW, she also said that she thought if a comedian swears, is crass, and vulgar in his or her act, then he or she are not that talented and what they call funny is a cop out.She said anyone can swear on stage ,but it takes talent to produce material that is cleaver and make yourself laughable to the audience. I think she was friendly to a lot of these comedians now a days who are crass and vulgar for example, Rosanne. But, I bet she didn't agree with their comedic acts.
She was on a talk show years back where she critiqued young comedians. One bit of advice really stuck out: She said all comics should stop asking the audience how they're doing and just start telling jokes. A young Marsha Warfield was one of the comics and Diller roared with her famous laugh when she began with "I'm Marsha Warfield and I'm a virgin." Diller said "You're a star."
I always got her confused with Madame from Wayland&Madame .
Phyllis Diller became famous relatively late in life. Early in career she was unsure her new-found success would last. Such was her insecurity that when she was filming her sit-com THE PRUIITS OF
SOUTHHAMPTON, she took a great deal of abuse from an openly disrespectful woman of the production staff. Only years later did she realize that, as the person whose name was above the title, she could have easily had the bitch fired.
She also related how the director of that show wanted her to lie on her back with her legs sticking out beneath an enormous old car that was propped up on blocks. She refused to do it. The director offered her a shot of liquor for false courage. Luckily, that only made her more resolved not to do it. As they shot the scene without her, the car fell off the blocks and crushed the dummy that had been inserted beneath it in her place.
It's too bad they didn't simply make a sit-com about an average American housewife who happened to be Phyllis Diller. That might have been a classic, anticipating ROSEANNE by decades. The concept of a rich family who weren't really rich was more dismal than funny.
Met her. She was a doll. Would someone start a respectable thread and ditch this OP's crude attempt at whatever.
She had to have been gay-friendly if she costarred in a weekly series with uber-queer Grady Sutton.
The death of Phyllis really made me cry. Only Dolly Parton will make this happen again. I drove by Phyllis' house at least once a week, in Brentwood in hopes of one day seeing her, but it was never to be. I don't bother driving on Rockingham anymore. Few of her fans knew Phyllis lived just a few mansions past OJ Simpson's now demolished pad.