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Phyllis Diller: Her Funniest Appearances (VIDEO)

Phyllis Diller: Her Funniest Appearances (VIDEO)

Originally posted 08/21/2012 06:45AM

Phyllis Diller used to say that freckles were kisses from the sun. Then, noting her own spotted complexion, she'd look skyward and wisecrack, "All right, lover. Enough!"

It wasn't just the sun that loved Phyllis Diller, who died at her Brentwood home Monday at the age of 95. Her fans spanned generations and also included the top names in the business she fought so hard to break into – and then remained, to elicit gales of laughter for more than 50 years.

"What she accomplished was something I don't think younger people can even grasp," Kathy Griffin, 51, told PEOPLE on Monday.

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Anderson Cooper Appreciates 'Nice Tweets' After Coming Out | Anderson Cooper, Ellen DeGeneres, Kathy Griffin, Neil Patrick Harris

UpdatePosted 07/03/2012 10:15AM

Ellen DeGeneres, Kathy Griffin & More Are 'Proud' of Anderson Cooper

Originally posted 07/02/2012 05:55PM

Within hours of Anderson Cooper coming out, stars and media figures offered their support and congratulations to the CNN anchor and daytime talk show host.

"I'm proud of you, @AndersonCooper," Ellen DeGeneres, who came out years ago, wrote on Twitter.

Neil Patrick Harris also gave the newsman his good wishes, writing, "Good for you, @AndersonCooper. You're awesome."

Both messages have been re-tweeted almost 5,000 times.

And though he's away, Cooper, 45, is getting the message loud and clear. "I appreciate all the nice tweets," he wrote on Twitter Tuesday. "I am in Botswana working but want to wish everyone a great 4th of July!"

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Housewives, Top Chefs & Andy Cohen Team Up for Olympics-Themed Bravo Clip

Originally posted 05/23/2012 08:45AM

Let the games – er, shows – begin!

Bravo's summer programing slate is heating up, and the network has recruited a fleet of its "Bravolebrities" – more than 30 in total – for a fun, fast-paced new promo, and PEOPLE.com has a first look. (The commercial will make its TV debut during Wednesday's Watch What Happens Live.)

The Olympics-themed clip finds various Housewives – NeNe Leakes, Kyle Richards and Ramona Singer – facing off for race ... in heels! And with drinks in hand.

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Kirstie Alley Live Tweets George Clooney's 50th Birthday Eve Dinner | Elisabetta Canalis, George Clooney

George Clooney's 50th Birthday Eve Dinner with Elisabetta Canalis

Originally posted 05/06/2011 11:15AM

Looking for birthday boy George Clooney?

On Thursday night all you had to do was follow Kirstie Alley on Twitter – or have a reservation at Mr. Chow.

The actor – who turns 50 on Friday – had a early celebration and dinner at the Beverly Hills hotspot with girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis … and a ton of other celebrities.

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Isaiah Mustafa Declares He's Single

Isaiah Mustafa Declares He's Single

Originally posted 03/08/2011 02:10PM

Congratulations, ladies: There's still a chance to date the Old Spice guy.

"I am single," Isaiah Mustafa tells PEOPLE. "I like hanging out with people."

As a result of being so outgoing, Mustafa, 37, said Monday at Cosmopolitan's Fun Fearless Male of 2011 party in New York (where he was honored along with Russell Brand and Penn Badgley), "Anytime I have been hanging out with people in any capacity, it's always taken as something more."

There are also the rumors – and even more than just rumors. Comedian Kathy Griffin, for instance, spilled to Howard Stern on Monday that she and Mustafa are an item.

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Kathy Griffin: Why I'm Leaving the D-List

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Kathy Griffin: Why I'm Leaving the D-List

Originally posted 01/05/2011 09:00AM

Kathy Griffin is off the D-list.

The comedian is ending the six season – and Emmy Award-winning – run of her hit Bravo show, My Life on the D-List, she tells PEOPLE.

"It was a really tough decision because I think of the D-List as pretty much my baby for the last six seasons and I also think it was really time to stop doing it," Griffin, 50, says by phone from L.A. "Reality is great, but I really didn't set out to be a reality star. So now it's time to spread my wings and show that I'm a little different than Kate Gosselin."

"I'm not saying better," she says, laughing, "but maybe separate myself from the pack a little bit."

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PHOTO: Kathy Griffin Flaunts a Killer Bikini Bod – at 50!

Kathy Griffin Flaunts a Killer Bikini Bod – at 50!

Originally posted 12/06/2010 05:30PM

Kathy Griffin, who just turned 50, stood up fearlessly in front of troops at a San Diego marine base wearing only a camouflage bikini and an ammo belt.

And, boy, did she work for that bod.

Griffin, who was entertaining the troops as host of Sunday's VH1 Divas Salute The Troops at the Miramar Marine base in San Diego, tells PEOPLE her killer abs didn't come easy.

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Kathy Griffin's Campaign Strategy for Levi: Go Shirtless

Kathy Griffin's Campaign Strategy for Levi Johnston: Go Shirtless

Originally posted 08/23/2010 11:35AM

Move over, Jimmy Kimmel. Kathy Griffin is gunning to be Levi Johnston's campaign manager as he runs for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, and she even has a strategy all dreamed up.

"The campaign would be based on me being the first lady," the comedian, who once feigned a relationship with Johnston for laughs, tells PEOPLE. "But it would also be based on a celebration of Levi trolling the town shirtless – or being photographed in the shower in various stages of undress."

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Shannen Doherty, Kathy Griffin Search for America's 'Most Inspired' Bartender

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Shannen Doherty, Kathy Griffin Search for America's 'Most Inspired' Bartender

Originally posted 08/02/2010 02:50PM

Actress Shannen Doherty and Cobra Starship singer Gabe Saporta had 26 drinks each Sunday night – and, no, this isn't a preface to an episode of Celebrity Rehab.

Doherty and Saporta weren't exactly enjoying a night on the town. They were judging a regional competition as part of GQ magazine and Bombay Sapphire's search for the nation's "most inspired" bartender.

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VIDEO: Kathy Griffin Skewers Celeb Memoirs

Originally posted 09/09/2009 09:30AM

Kathy Griffin just published her memoir Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin – but apparently the literary bug is still biting!

During a recent visit to PEOPLE.com, the comedian shared how she prepared for her dishy first book – she read lots of other celebrity autobiographies, it turns out – and offered some advice for stars who haven't quite devised the perfect titles for their own memoirs. Watch as Griffin recommends (humorous) titles for the tomes stars like the Jonas Brothers, Jon & Kate Gosselin and Lindsay Lohan have yet to write.

Then check back with PEOPLE TV on Sept. 18 for more from Griffin about writing her first book – including her mother's review!
– Brian Orloff

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