Phyllis Diller, one of the world’s first and best female comedians, has died at the ripe old age of 95.
Gossip agency TMZ says Diller had recently fallen, hurting her wrist and hip, and her health had been on the decline ever since. She had been living in hospice care at her home.
Diller was a keen supporter of the gay community, and was still partying with her gay entourage well into her 90s. In a 2011 profile with gay magazine Out, Phyllis said, “Last night I had dinner at Spago for Valentine’s Day. Tonight I’m going for a second Valentine’s Day dinner. I have a bevy of men, and a lot of them are gay.”
In her 2005 memoir, Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse: My Life in Comedy, she said, “Gay men have the most wonderful sense of humor. And they are willing to laugh. They appeal to me and I appeal to them.”
Vale Phyllis – thank you for the cackles!