Aug 21, 2012
By Scott Walker
Women comics who were inspired by Phyllis Diller are paying tribute after learning of her death yesterday at the age of 95.
Ellen DeGeneres tweeted online that Diller was a “comedy legend” and a “pioneer.”
And Whoopi Goldberg calls her a “true original.”
Diller was a nearly 40-year-old housewife when she began doing standup in 1956. Women comics weren’t widely accepted then. However, Diller told reporters in 1998 that she thought being a woman actually helped her. She said she was never made to feel like she was “a girl” among men. But, her relatives were appalled that she was working in nightclubs.