Never go to bed angry. Stay up and fight.

I don’t enjoy posting these types of write-ups but it’s the least we can do to pay homage and respect to these agents of culture; these artists, creatives, entertainers, performers that contribute and give us something interesting to gab about. They create and help us take our minds away from the mundane and sometimes painful.

A day after we lost director Tony Scott, American actress and comedian Phyllis Diller passed away in Los Angeles today, on August 20, 2012, at the age of 95. As a female comedian, the petite and charismatic woman, was a pioneer. She started her career in the early ’50s and hit her stride creating a stage persona of an eccentric, self-deprecating housewife. Her stardom was catapulted when she began starring in numerous television specials with fellow comedian Bob Hope. In 1966, Hope invited Diller to perform with his USO troupe during the Vietnam War.

Phyllis Diller had an infectious laugh which was one of her many trademarks. The comedy world has lost a big one; she goes down as a legend and one of the most memorable comedians of our time. A funny and original lady, she was also a premiere role model for all of those aspiring female comics out there.

Our thoughts go out to her family, friends and fans.