Phyllis Diller died today at her Brentwood home surrounded by family after her health had been in decline ever since she suffered a bad fall, her rep confirmed to Deadline. She was 95. One of the best known female comedians who starred on both the big and small screens, including two of her own TV shows, Diller owed her rise to fame to Bob Hope and her career longevity to her edgy humor and glamorous appearance: her wild blonde hair, trendy but eccentric sheaths, and long cigarette holder were unforgettable props to her persona as the world’s worst housewife. She made self-deprecating jokes about her age and plastic surgery, her terrible cooking, and her husband “Fang”. But she also could be just as caustic insulting others as Don Rickles – a rarity for female comics. Who else would have posed for Playboy and then laughed when the pictures were never published. One of her most recent regular TV appearances had been on the CBS daytime drama The Bold And The Beautiful as the sassy hairdresser Gladys. MORE
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