9 Facts About Phyllis Diller

1. On the morning of August 20, 2012, Phyllis Diller died in her Brentwood, Los Angeles, California home, of natural causes at age 95.

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2. On May 15, 2012, Phyllis Diller conducted her final interview accepting the "Lifetime Achievement" award from her hometown, Lima, OH as part of a panel of comedians.

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3. In the early 1990s, Phyllis Diller had many short, humorous pieces published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine.

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4. On January 24, 2007, Phyllis Diller appeared on The Tonight Show and performed stand-up before chatting with Jay Leno.

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5. In 1998, Phyllis Diller provided the voice of the Queen in A Bug's Life.

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6. In the early '60s, Phyllis Diller performed at the Bon Soir in Greenwich Village, where an up-and-coming Barbra Streisand was her opening act.

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7. At the time, Phyllis Diller said, "They had no idea what I was.

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8. In a 1986 NPR interview, Phyllis Diller said she had no idea what she was doing when she started playing clubs and in the beginning she never saw another woman on the comedy circuit.

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9. With the encouragement of her husband, Phyllis Diller made her debut as a stand-up comedian at age 37 in the basement of the San Francisco North Beach club, The Purple Onion, on March 7, 1955.

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