Monday, August 20

Phyllis Diller Dies at 95

Phyllis Diller (July 17, 1917 – August 20, 2012)

Phyllis Diller, born Phyllis Ada Driver, considered the queen of comedy during the 19 50s, '60s and '70s, has died at the age of 95 in her home in Los Angeles, California. The Las Vegas performer and popular one-liner comedian was best known for her sitcoms, "The Phyllis Diller Show" and "The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show." Diller also appeared regularly on "Laugh In" and "Love, American Style" and numerous movie and television roles.

The humorist toured extensively with Bob Hope for USO tours throughout Vietnam. More recently, Diller provided vocal talent for Disney/Pixar's "Bug's Life."

Diller was preceded in death by her longtime partner, Robert Hastings,  and survived by her son Perry, her daughter Suzanne Mills, and several grand children and  one great-grandchild.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel columnist, freelance writer, and performing arts and restaurant critic. Read her new column, Infused, at and and catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published on,, in M and Retired Living magazines and several Indianapolis area newspapers. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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