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Phyllis Diller RIP: 5 classic over-the-top moments

The pioneering female comic in some of her most memorable appearances.

Diller in 1966
Diller in 1966
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COMEDIAN PHYLLIS DILLER has died aged 95 in her Los Angeles home.

Diller, who was found by her son Perry, was considered a pioneering female comic – the template for Joan Rivers, Sarah Silverman and many others.

“We lost a comedy legend today,” Ellen DeGeneres tweeted. “Phyllis Diller was the queen of the one-liners. She was a pioneer.”

Here are four classic moments:

1. On the Ed Sullivan Show

Describing her husband, who she called Fang: “The last time there was a gleam in Fang’s eye, there was a short in his electric blanket.”

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2. Playing  a duet with Liberace

We’re guessing it was in his contract that he had to have the more fabulous outfit and the bigger piano.

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3. Roasting Ronald Reagan

“He started out as an underweight, inexperienced, untalented dishwasher. Unfortunately, he never lived up to this early promise.”


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4. Me and my bird legs

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5. Being identified by Sammy Davis Jr

When Sammy Davis Jr picks you out blindfolded, you know you’ve made it.

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- Additional reporting from AP

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