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Aug 20, 2012 4:41 PM by Lacey Steele

Phyllis Diller passes away at 95

Phyllis Diller, the housewife turned humorist who aimed some of her sharpest barbs at herself, has died in Los Angeles.

Her longtime manager says she died this morning in her sleep.

She survived a near-fatal heart attack in 1999.

Diller was a staple of nightclubs and television from the 1950s until her retirement in 2002.

hen she first began performing, women were a rarity in comedy.

She was famous for her distinctive laugh and portrayed herself as a bizarre housewife with a husband named "fang."

Diller was 95 years old.

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