Thanks for the memories: Phyllis Diller dead at 95

Aug 20, 2012 at 3:40 p.m. ET

Comedian Phyllis Diller passed away Monday at her home in Los Angeles after a lengthy illness.

Phyllis Diller dead at 95

More sad news from Hollywood: Legendary comedian Phyllis Diller passed away Monday, TMZ confirmed. She was 95.

Diller was reportedly ill for several months before her death, according to the website. She had a pacemaker inserted after a 1999 heart attack, though she managed to thrive despite the setback.

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The comedian's career spanned six decades with appearances on shows like Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, The Bold and The Beautiful and her own show, The Phyllis Diller Show. More recently, she appeared in Disney productions like A Bug's Life and The Aristocats. She also lent her recognizable voice to shows like Family Guy.

Diller might have worked on Family Guy, but she longed for the quality of the golden age of television.

"They used to have all these wonderful variety shows and I was an eternal guest on the shows. Like the Bob Hope specials and Red Skelton, Carol Burnett. There were all those great variety shows and I even had one of my own. With dancing girls and boys and the band and the carry on. I loved all that," she told, though it seems like she enjoyed Dancing with the Stars.

"The closest we've got to it now is that dancing show, where it's live and it's got a lot of music and bands and that sort of things. It's kind of old showbiz."

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As for her long life? Diller credited her longevity to her commitment to work.

"A lot of people think it's probably the healthful life I've led. I always work. I think work is very healthful. A lot of those old-fashioned rules like 'Get plenty of sleep' and 'eight glasses of water,' doesn't that sound dumb?"

The world is lot less funny today. We'll miss you, Phyllis.

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