Phyllis Diller - Thursday 1st January 1970

* COMEDIENNE Phyllis Diller DIES Veteran actress PHYLLIS DILLER has died at the age of 95. The star, who is credited with paving the way for female comediennes, passed away at her Los Angeles home on Monday (20Aug12), months after falling and injuring her wrist and hip, reports Born in Ohio, Diller enjoyed a career spanning five decades, breaking into radio and TV in 1952. She began performing stand-up and co-starred with U.S. TV legend Bob Hope in a variety of TV specials and films such as Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! and The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell. Known for her witty wisecracks and her unusual, signature laugh, Diller made regular appearances on popular comedy show Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In and carved out a movie career for herself with roles in 1961's Splendor in the Grass and 1967 Mad Monster Party. She also landed her own variety show, The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show in 1968, and went on to voice the character of the Queen in A Bug's Life and Peter Griffin's mother, Thelma, in a 2006 episode of Family Guy. She also starred on Broadway in a 1969 production of the musical Hello, Dolly!. (MT/WNWCZM/MC) Phyllis Diller, 1964 This is a PR photo. WENN does not claim any Copyright or License in the attached material. Fees charged by WENN are for WENN's services only, and do not, nor are they intended to, convey to the user any ownership of Copyright or License in the material. By publishing this material, the user expressly agrees to indemnify and to hold WENN harmless from any claims, demands, or causes of action arising out of or connected in any way with user's publication of the material. Supplied by " 2#122# (6 images)

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