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Phyllis Diller Dead! B&B's Brad Bell Issues Statement On Her Passing!

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Sad news to report this afternoon.  Comedienne extraordinaire Phyllis Diller died in her sleep in Los Angeles today surrounded by her family.  Diller was 95 years old. TMZ.com reported that they were told that Diller had recently fallen hurting her wrist and hip — but her rep says the injury had nothing to do with her death.

Diller recently appeared in a return daytime stint as Gladys Pope  on The Bold and the Beautiful!  The shows executive producer and head writer, Brad Bell issued this statement today; ” I was saddened to hear of the passing of Phyllis Diller who was a life-long friend of my mother, Lee Phillip Bell, and a long term character, “Gladys Pope”, on The Bold and the Beautiful.  Her last television performance, at 95 years old, was on our show.  Phyllis will be remembered by the laughter she brought to those who knew and loved her, including audiences around the world.”

After the jump watch the news story that broke on KTLA in Los Angeles today on Diller’s passing!  Let us know your thoughts about remembering Phyllis!

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Not to take anything away from Phyllis Diller – a great lady, but this reminds me of the passing of my own grandmother back in May. who would have been 95 and who died in her sleep too. I think once a person gets to a certain age they are just ready to go. They say her injury has nothing to do with it, but I don’t believe that. When you are in your 90s and suffer an injury, I think you get a little depressed. Ms. Diller was probably ready to go and was fortunate to pass peacefully in… Read more »

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Her laugh will echo in our hearts forever..A legion has died and a great lady who paved the way for women in entertainment everywhere. RIP Phyllis..

susan M.
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susan M.

DITTO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Blake
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Love Phyllis. She was so witty and hilarious on everything she did. Especially on Roseanne’s nuts. See the link below to see her on there lol

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MixTJhgDQQg

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I watched it… Very funny.. And she was as smart as a whip !!!

Blake
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Yes I kept it on my dvr and showed it to friends and they died laughing also lol. And yes she was definitely smart as a whip like when she was a year ago on Rosie O’Donnell’s one hour tribute to her on her show. If you haven’t seen that yet you should!

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And I loved her on B&B, got to see her last appearance she did a few months ago on there. And love that Rosie O’Donnell had a one hour tribute to her last year with all her old costumes around and the tribute to her from the female comedians who were inspired by her like Chelsea Handler, Kathy Griffin, Loni Love, etc.

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I’m so glad she came back to B&B. She was fabulous and fun and fantastic. She was a great lady–so funny. RIP Phyllis.

susan M.
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Phyllis Diller was smart & very, very funny.. And quick as a whip with her funny comments..She alway’s had her wits in tack….I was just talking about her the other day with my cousin on the phone…And saying she’s 95 & still kickin….Wow!!!! I alway’s liked her a lot..That famous LAUGH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She will be missed…

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Great Lady!!

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According to the film loglines: Traumatized by her past Christmas is not at the top of Sarah’s list this time of year. However, waltzing through life’s unexpected emergencies, she is taught the Christmas dance.  Briana White, Katherine Kelly Lang, Richard Karn, star in the feature.

Lang shared with SOD on the film working on film while continuing her role on B&B as the iconic Brooke, “It’s wonderful because as an actress, you always want to spread your wings and try new parts and new characters. It’s all a learning process, and all about growth, which is great!”

Check out a trailer for the pic below.   The film drops tomorrow on July 23rd.

So, will you be checking out Katherine Kelly Lang in this Christmas-style film? Comment below.

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According to Deadline, the hour-long drama is about a young Korean-American adoptee who moves to Seoul for a job opportunity and discovers that she is the heir of a dynastic Korean family.

Cho will write and also be one of the executive producers on the project, which will also EP;d by Sebastian Lee and David Kim, who’s other notable shows right now are ABC’s The Good Doctor and Apple’s Pachinko.

After the announcement on Friday, Cho tweeted,I’ve always wanted to write my own K-drama. Now I get to – but with Korean-American lead.”

It would appear that Cho is on a hot streak after she also sold her adaptation of her K-pop rom-com, Somewhere Only We Know to Netflix.

Previously, Lana wrote Hulu’s reboot of Four Weddings and a Funeral as well for the TV series Arrow and Timeless. She is serves as co-executive producer on Amazon I Know What You Did Last Summer.

So intrigued to see how American Seuol will ultimately do as some new soap opera fare? Comment below.

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Joining Eileen in the cast will be none other than Judith Chapman (Gloria, Y&R) , Knots Landing favorite, Donna Mills (Ex-Abby), and primetime TV and film actress, Nancy Valen.  More cast members will be announced in the future.

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In Dial Emme for Murder, Davidson plays actress Emmanuelle “Emme” Peterson, a successful soap star who finds herself smack dab in the middle of a  whodunit.

Now, in conjunction with the Palm Springs Women in Film and Television (PSWIFT), and its president and director/producer, Kim Waltrip, Davidson is launching a fundraising campaign to get the series made.

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In an exclusive interview on the Michael Fairman Channel, Eileen, Judith and Kim exclusive reveal key Intel on the project, campaign and working together.  The proposed series has also launched its official website here.

About PSWIFT:  PSWIFT (Palm Springs Women in Film & Television) is a non-profit organization, founded in 2001 dedicated to promoting our members, both men and women in the Entertainment, New Media Creative arts community. In 2020 Palm Springs Women in Film & Television created and launched a Filmmakers’ Lab to teach members how to make a film, by making a film, hands-on.

PSWIFT is currently seeking donations through their non-profit – which are 100% tax-deductible – to fund the Filmmakers’ Lab’s next venture Dial Emme for Murder.  You can find out more on the different perks and packages if you donate to the project here.

Watch the interview with Michael, Eileen, Judith, and Kim below.

Then let us know, if you think Dial Emme for Murder featuring powerhouse actress, Eileen Davidson, Judith Chapman and Donna Mills, will be a must-see for you via the comment section.

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