Hollywood reacts to the passing of comic pioneer Phyllis Diller:
_ “I adored her. She was a wondrous spirit who was great to me.” _ Barbra Streisand.
_ “The thing that strikes me most about Phyllis, aside from a joy to be around, was her uniqueness. There was no one like Phyllis before, and I doubt if there will be anyone after.” _ Bob Newhart.
_ “Phyllis Diller was a friend of mine. 1 time she came over with a 70 year old guy. Told me she was “Robbing the cradle”. RIP” _ Tweeted Dylan McDermott.
_ “A true original has died. Phyllis Diller There was NOOne like her, no 1looked like her sounded like her. A FUNNY FUNNY. Classy& Smart RIP” _ Whoopi Goldberg, on Twitter.
_ “She was responsible for getting me one of my first jobs. I loved her and I will miss her tremendously, as will the whole world.” _ Rip Taylor.
_ “She was one of a kind. A brilliant talent and an extremely supportive friend, when you needed one. When I had the accident that broke my leg a couple of years ago, hers was the first voice that managed to reach me by phone at the hospital. She was also the first note I received, written on a piece of paper it said … `Money’s scarce. Times are hard. Here’s your F(asterisk)(asterisk)(asterisk)ing get well card - Phyllis.’ She knew how to lift your spirits. I loved her and we will all miss her.” _ Carol Channing.
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