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Comedian Phyllis Diller dies at 95 in California
Comedian Phyllis Diller, shown at the 11th Annual Gala for The Children ton October 28, 2004 in Beverly Hills, California, died at the age of 95 on August 20, 2012. Diller, noted for her self-deprecating humor, entered show business at the age of 37. UPI/Francis Specker/files
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Phyllis Diller (born Phyllis Ada Driver; July 17, 1917) is an American actress and comedienne. She created a stage persona of a wild-haired, eccentrically-dressed housewife who makes jokes about a husband named "Fang" while pretending to smoke from a long cigarette holder. Diller's trademark is her unusual laugh.

Phyllis Diller was born to Perry Marcus Driver and the former Frances Ada Romshe, in Lima, Ohio.

Diller attended Lima's Central High School, then studied for three years at Sherwood Music Conservatory in Chicago, Illinois. She then transferred to Bluffton College in Bluffton, Ohio, where she met fellow "Lima-ite" and classmate, Hugh Downs.

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