Phyllis Diller, the cackling comedian with electric-shock hair who built an influential career in film and nightclubs, died Aug. 20 at her home in Brentwood, Calif.
Aug. 27, 2003 Diller reminiscences at “The Bob Hope Memorial Tribute” at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences headquarters in Los Angeles. Diller’s comedic cadence — a series of staccato one-liners — was strategically crafted, and followed in the groove of Hope, her mentor. She starred in several films with him, including 1966’s “Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number!” and 1968’s “The Private Navy of Sgt. O’Farrell.”Michael Blake/AP