Phyllis Diller, dead at 95: comedian had St. Louis connections
Via NPR News, Phyllis Diller has died at the age of 95. The comedian was once a resident of Webster Groves and performed at area comedy clubs. She also has a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.
In the 1950s, when Diller started being funny for a living, there were no female standup comedians making it big. Some critics have said she succeeded because a lot of her material was about mocking herself. She died at home, where she'd been in hospice care after a fall, at the age of 95.