Boy Meets World Actors You May Not Know Passed Away

A mysterious creature bites Cory after a wolf is reported missing from the zoo in the Season 2 episode “Who’s Afraid of Cory Wolf.” He goes to a fortune-teller after his brother convinces him that he’s now a werewolf. The woman who tells Cory’s fortune is Madame Ouspenskaya, played by Phyllis Diller. 

Diller’s entire comedic schtick when she first started doing stand-up in the 1950s was, according to People, “her lousy housekeeping.” Her television debut was on Groucho Marx’s quiz show “You Bet Your Life” in 1958. As a comedian, she earned appearances on “The Tonight Show” in 1958 as it was hosted by Jack Paar and later in 1959 with Bob Hope on his television shows. From there, Diller became a trailblazer for women everywhere, wanting to break into the comedy scene. Diller soon became a fixture of late-night talk shows and even got her own show, “The Phyllis Diller Show,” which ran from 1966 to 1967. Known for her self-deprecating humor and her exaggerated cackle, Diller had an extremely successful career in television, films, and on stage, where she played the lead role in “Hello Dolly!” for three months starting in December 1969. 

Unfortunately, a heart attack in 1999 persuaded Diller to step back from entertaining, though she didn’t quit all at once. She passed away in 2012 at the age of 95.

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