Phyllis Diller, who kicked down the door for a generation of women comedians by creating one of America’s first desperate housewives, died yesterday at her Los Angeles home. She was 95.
She had been living at home in hospice care. She had a heart attack in 1999 and TMZ reports she recently suffered a serious fall.
Diller made her reputation as a standup comedienne who costarred in 23 TV specials with Bob Hope and later had her own ABC show.
Joan Rivers, among others, has noted she did this at a time when the comedy field, unlike today, was male-dominated.
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