Celebrate the long, exceptional life of Phyllis Diller with her film debut.
Phyllis Diller passed away today at the remarkable age of 95. Diller paved the way for female comedians with her self-deprecating wisecracks and entirely deliberate appearance resembling a crazy old housewife. She was one of the very first women to break into stand-up comedy, reversing the hoary old cliché of "Take my wife, please!" with her jokes about the sexual and professional inadequacies of her first husband, "Fang."
Diller's career was one of the fullest and liveliest in Hollywood, and she continued to go strong well into her 90s with television and film appearances. The woman was a force - of hilarity, of individualism, of bucking societal norms and embracing the weirdest and most shocking parts of herself. She was a shining example of comedy and free-wheeling fun, and she will be missed.
Diller's first film appearance was a memorable cameo in Elia Kazan's 1961 film Splendor in the Grass, where she played real life madcap club hostess Texas Guinan in one hell of a dress and her original face. Watch the trailer for the movie above and see Diller's cameo below.