Just a month after her 95th birthday, legendary comic Phyllis Diller died on Monday (20 August) at home in Los Angeles surrounded by her family.
Diller began working as a stand-up comic in the 1950s and is credited with paving the way for the likes of Joan Rivers, Roseanne Barr and Margaret Cho, among others.
Diller had a gay following from the beginning.
'My first audience were gay people because they have a great sense of humor,' she once said. 'They love comedy and they love to laugh. How do you think they got the word gay put on them?'