When talking about women in comedy, it’s impossible to overlook the work of Phyllis Diller, who has died at the ripe old age of ninety-five.
Diller’s agent Fred Wostbrock confirmed the news to NBC, telling its news website, “It is a great loss today… She was a true pioneer and the first lady of standup. She paved the way for Chelsea Handler, Roseanne Barr, Joan Rivers and Ellen DeGeneres. She was the best. The first female standup to play Vegas. She was on Broadway, she made movies, she did it all.”
“She died peacefully in her sleep with a smile on her face,” manager Milton Suchin also told the Associated Press.
Stand-up comedienne and star of both “The Phyllis Diller Show” and “The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show” (and how do you not love a lady with that much guts?), she began her career in the 1950s with the following spot on “The Groucho Marx Show.”
Cheers to one of the first ladies of comedy.
Full story at Huffington Post.
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