Diller's agent, Fred Wostbrock, told ET, "I was her agent for twenty years. She was a pioneer. She paved the way for everybody, Joan Rivers, Ellen DeGeneres, Roseanne Barr, Chelsea Handler. She was the first." She passed away in her L.A home surrounded by her family members, and her longtime manager, Milton Suchin, told us, "She died peacefully in her sleep with a smile on her face."
DeGeneres tweeted, "We lost a comedy legend today. Phyllis Diller was the queen of the one-liners. She was a pioneer." And Roseanne Barr tweeted of her friend, "a revolutionary woman who inspired me always has died today-but I know she was ready and wanted to go. Fly Free, friend. Phyllis Diller RIP." She also tweeted, "last time I saw Ms. Diller she'd a stroke & when her assistant told her she could no longer drink gin, I immediately took her out 4 martinis."
Other stars tweeting and sending their condolences include:
Cher: "Oh!God that makes me sad! What a shame We loved her in this house! She was More amazing than i sayRT @ian_slick Phyllis Diller dead at 95"
Marie Osmond: "What a voice. What a presence. She was an all-out comedian. We will miss Phyllis Diller...."
Joan Rivers: "If she had started today, Phyllis could have stood there in Dior and Harry Winston and become the major star that she was. I adored her!"
Barbra Streisand: "I adored her. She was a wondrous spirit who was great to me."
Launched to fame thanks to her hilarious and well-timed comedy and one-liners on the Groucho Marx-hosted You Bet Your Life, Diller's self-deprecating humor, eccentric appearance and signature cackle deconstructed the role of the '50s homemaker embodied by shows like Leave it to Beaver. Diller had her own self-titled comedy shows in the '60s and was a regular presence on '60s and '70s television, from Laugh In and Batman to The Gong Show and Love American Style.
Diller's film credits include Splendor in the Grass, The Sunshine Boys and A Bug's Life in addition to countless comedic cameos, and among her numerous TV appearances she brought laughs to The Muppet Show, Scooby Doo, The Drew Carey Show and most recently Boston Legal, Family Guy and Robot Chicken.