Today it was reported by TMZ that comedian legend Phyllis Diller passed away at the ripe age of 95. The comedienne helped pave the way for countless female acts, and was able to go to toe to toe and insult to insult with likes of Don Rickles and others.
Diller had been in declining health for some time, and only made rare public appearances, but whenever she did she had a witty crack or one-liner for the cameras. She was comedy roast mainstay for years, able to tear down the honorary celeb with her cackling laugh and sharp tongue.
Here she is roasting then-governor Ronald Reagan at 1970's Dean Martin Roast.
We Believe Local Journalism is Critical to the Life of a City
Engaging with our readers is essential to the mission of the Houston Press. Make a financial contribution or sign up for a newsletter, and help us keep telling Houston’s stories with no paywalls.
Support Our Journalism
It's been a rough past week for celeb deaths, with director Tony Scott, and ex-Sweathog Ron Palilo both passing away in the past few days.