August 20: Phyllis Diller dies at age 95
Phyllis Diller, the cackling template for Joan Rivers, Sarah Silverman and many other female comedians, died at age 95. Longtime manager Milton Suchin said she faced the end in her Los Angeles home "with a smile on her face." Diller's career as a stand-up comic, which she started at age 37, skyrocketed in the 1960s, partly because of her many appearances with Bob Hope on his television specials, USO tours and three movies. She became a pop culture icon for her disparaging jokes about her looks, her cooking and her fictitious husband "Fang." She wore a blonde fright wig, held a long cigarette holder as a prop and laughed with a loud cackle.