Earlier today, we lost one of the most important women in comedy, Phyllis Diller, at the age of 95.
Naturally, it was not only devastating to both comedians, but also…well…pretty much anyone who enjoys laughing.
Her fellow ladies of comedy have come out to honor the late Diller, including Ellen DeGeneres, Whoopi Goldberg, Roseanne, and Joan Rivers. These four ladies shared some thoughtful words and memories of the first lady of comedy:
We lost a comedy legend today. Phyllis Diller was the queen of theone-liners. She was a pioneer.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 20, 2012
A true original has died. Phyllis DillerThere was NOOne like her, no 1looked like her sounded like her. A FUNNY FUNNY. Classy& Smart RIP😢
— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) August 20, 2012
I will miss my friend. She lived as an artist-her painting, comedy,music-and that laugh will be missed.
— Roseanne Barr (@TheRealRoseanne) August 20, 2012
I'm beyond saddened by the death of Phyllis Diller. We were friends - Melissa and I had a wonderful time with her at lunch just a month ago.
— Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) August 20, 2012
Couldn't have said it better ourselves, ladies. She paved the way for so many women AND men, and her spirit and laugh will continue to inspire many more.
You will be greatly missed, Phyllis.
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