Phyllis Diller: The Queen of Comedy


She was a regular in night clubs and on television, and once graced the inner walls of San Quentin with her comedy act. She was Phyllis Diller, known for her big laughs and sharp wit, who died last month in her Los Angeles home.

A TV regular in the 1950s, Diller took time to entertain the men in blue with her trademark standup routine. She performed as part of “Le Cage,” the prisons one-time drama workshop, which on occasion also featured other notable entertainers such as Lee Marvin and Eartha Kitt.

“She died peacefully in her sleep, and with a smile on her face,” said Milton Sachin, her manager, according to The Associated Press. He didn’t disclose the cause of death.

Diller left two adult children, four grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

She was 95.


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