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Comedian Phyllis Diller dies at age 95

21 August 2012 Last updated at 03:51 BST

US comedian Phyllis Diller died on Monday morning in Los Angeles at the age of 95, her manager says.

Diller broke into comedy in the 1950s, after a career as an advertising and radio writer.

She was known for her distinctive, cackling laugh, large hair and outlandish costumes.

She suffered a near-fatal heart attack in 1999, and retired in 2002.

Peter Bowes reports from Los Angeles