Hollywood reacts to the death of Phyllis Diller

August 20, 2012 - 6:38 PM
Phyllis Diller Obit

FILE-In this Oct. 9, 1985, file photo, Comedian Phyllis Diller gets a lift from emcee Buddy Hackett prior to the celebrity stag luncheon roast at the New York Friars Club in New York City. Diller, the housewife turned humorist who aimed some of her sharpest barbs at herself, died Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, at age 95 in Los Angeles.(AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler, File)

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.

— "Today marked the passing of one of the great comedic icons of all time. She was also my friend. Phyllis Diller, you'll always make me laugh." — Kiefer Sutherland, on Twitter.

— "I adored Phyllis Diller - she was a great guest, a terrific lady & certainly one of the funniest people ever." — Larry King, via Twitter.

— "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.

— "I'm beyond saddened by the death of Phyllis Diller. We were friends - Melissa and I had a wonderful time with her at lunch just a month ago." — Joan Rivers tweeted.

— "A fond farewell to Phyllis Diller. Thanks for all the laughs dear friend. Thank you most of all for your sweetness to my mother. Godspeed." — Nancy Sinatra, via Twitter.

— "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.

— "We lost a comedy legend today. Phyllis Diller was the queen of the one-liners. She was a pioneer." — Ellen DeGeneres, 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.

— "Gonna miss Phyllis Diller. Rest in peace my friend. The world is a better place because of you. Happy Trails." — Reba McEntire, on Twitter.