Outlandish Comedian Phyllis Diller

Phyllis Diller, the zany stand-up comic with the wild hairdo, outlandish wardrobe and a barrage of self-deprecating jokes died in her Los angeles home. She was 95.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 9: EXCLUSIVE Phyllis Diller at the House Ear Institute Benefit on May 9, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John M. Heller/Getty Images)
Phyllis Diller, the zany stand-up comic with the wild hairdo, outlandish wardrobe and a barrage of self-deprecating jokes died in her Los Angeles home. She was 95. Click to see photos from her long career.
Comedienne Phyllis Diller, a 45-year-old mother of five, is shown with her husband, Sherwood in 1963. Diller received her break in 1955, when at the age of 37, she took a substitute stand-up spot at San Francisco's now-defunct Purple Onion nightclub.
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Phyllis Diller and Bill Cosby at a party in 1965 at the Cocoanut Grove in Hollywood. Diller's career stretched from live stand-up to televion and movie appearances.
The delight shown by Phyllis Diller may come from the fact that she didn't pay for the hat she's wearing as she shows off some of her 300 hats in 1966.
Phyllis Diller appears in character while filming the 1966 ABC-TV comedy series ''The Pruitts of Southampton.''
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Phyllis Diller appears on CBS TV's "The Carol Burnett Show" in 1967. Diller often aimed some of her sharpest barbs at herself.
It's all part of an act - Phyllis Diller protesting the protesters outside the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York in 1967. The "pickets" were students at a school for hairdressers professing to be fearful that Phyllis' hairstyles on TV might set a trend toward unkempt hair with little need for their services.
Comedienne Phyllis Diller performs with Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show in July 1968. Ms. Diller, was famous for telling jokes that mocked her crazy looks, her aversion to housekeeping and a husband called Fang.
Comedian Phyllis Diller gets a lift from emcee Buddy Hackett prior to the celebrity stag luncheon roast at the New York Friars Club in New York City.
Entertainers Bob Hope and Phyllis Diller share a laugh at Hope's estate in the Toluca Lake area of Los Angeles in 1995.
Comedienne Phyllis Diller during her final performance at the Suncoast Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas in a scene from "Goodnight, We Love you: The life and Legend of Phyllis Diller" in 2002.
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Phyllis Diller waves at fans at the 2006 House Ear Institute Benefit in Los Angeles. Diller was a housewife turned advertising copywriter turned internationally renowned performer.
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Debbie Reynolds and Phyllis Diller arrive at The Paley Center For Media in 2011.
Phyllis Diller arrives at the "Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis" premiere at Paramount Theater in Los Angeles in 2011.
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A catalog of jokes once belonging to Phyllis Diller is seen in the vaults at the Smithsonian's American History Museum in Washington, DC.
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