Humorist Phyllis Diller died Monday in Los Angeles at the age of 95, according to the Associated Press.
The AP reports:
Her longtime manager, Milton Suchin, says Diller died Monday morning in her sleep. She had survived a near-fatal heart attack in 1999.
Diller was a staple of nightclubs and television from the 1950s until her retirement in 2002. She was famous for her distinctive laugh and portrayed herself as a bizarre housewife with a husband named “Fang.” …
Diller was nearly 40 when she began performing, with five children and a successful career as an advertising copywriter. At the time, women were a rarity in the world of stand-up comedy.
Those in their 30s or thereabouts might best remember Diller as a guest-star on “The New Scooby-Doo Movies” in the early 1970s.