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Phyllis Diller Dead at Age 95

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Legendary comedienne Phyllis Diller died Monday at her home in Los Angeles at the age of 95.

While today’s audiences may not be overly familiar with Diller, she paved the way for female comedians everywhere.

She started working in the 1950s, appearing on radio and as a stand-up comic. In the 1960s she was featured frequently on game shows such as What’s My Line? and variety shows such as Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In. She appeared alongside Bob Hope in 23 television specials and three films.

Diller also worked as a voice actor in films such as A Bug’s Life and in the role of Peter Griffin’s mother on Family Guy. Diller was still working as late as 2007.

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In the 2005 documentary, The Aristocrats, Diller was one of the standouts — and arguably funnier than those even a quarter of her age.