Comedian Phyllis Diller dies ‘with a smile on her face’

Updated 11:54 AM EDT, Wed August 22, 2012
01:32 - Source: CNN
Comedienne Phyllis Diller: I'm a natural

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Her son, Perry, "found her with a smile on her face," her manager says

Diller's career as a stand-up comic skyrocketed in the 1960s

She was a pop culture icon for her jokes about her looks, cooking and fictional husband, "Fang"

"She was a true pioneer," her talent agent says

Los Angeles CNN —  

Comedian Phyllis Diller, known for her self-deprecating humor, died “peacefully in her sleep” at her Los Angeles home Monday morning, her manager told CNN. Diller was 95.

Her son, Perry, “found her with a smile on her face,” manager Milt Suchin said.

Diller’s career as a stand-up comic, which she started at age 37, skyrocketed in the 1960s, partly because of her many appearances with Bob Hope on his television specials, USO tours and three movies.

Gilbert Gottfried: Above all else, Diller was hysterical

She became a pop culture icon for her disparaging jokes about her looks, her cooking and her fictitious husband “Fang.” She wore a blonde fright wig, held a long cigarette holder as a prop and laughed with a loud cackle.