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Phyllis Diller's Brentwood Home Listed at $12.9M

The late comedian's 1.25-acre home has 22 rooms, all with their own names and some gags, like the Canary Suite.

Phyllis Diller's Brentwood Home Listed at $12.9M

The late Phyllis Diller's Country English-style home is for sale for $12.9 million in Brentwood, according to the Huffington Post . The eight-bedroom, five-bath home is more than 9,000 sq. ft., and sits on 1.25 acres.

The home, on more than an acre, was built in 1914 as a summer home for Lawrence C. Phipps, a steel industry magnate who served as a U.S. senator from Colorado from 1919 to 1931.

Diller bought the 9,266-square-foot house in 1965 and personalized it to reflect her varied pursuits. An upstairs gallery is filled with Diller's artwork in oil, acrylics and watercolor, and the walls in many rooms of the eight-bedroom, five-bathroom home are lined with art. Her son and executor, Perry Diller, plans to sell the home's contents at auction.

Perry Diller, who lived at the house during his high school years, recalled the kitchen being at the center of their family life.

"She was a great cook, and that's where a lot of the activity was," he told The L.A. Times. "We'd sit down and giggle a lot."

Over the years spent in the home, Diller named many of its 22 rooms. The living room became the Bob Hope Salon after the comic actor she considered her mentor. He gave her an oil portrait of himself, which sits on an easel in the room near a concert grand piano. A classically trained musician, Diller played the piano, organ and harpsichord.

The Bach Room doubled as her office and a salon. Her baby grand sat on a stage at one end of the room.

Some room names were takes on sight gags: A yellow guest room was called the Canary Suite; the red-walled kitchen became the Scarlet Scullery; a room with an organ in it was the Pump Room. More than one room was devoted to Diller's wigs and costumes. But perhaps most reflective of her comic sensibilities are these two: a powder room named the Edith Head for the Academy Award-winning costume designer and a mirrored telephone room called the John Wilkes Booth.

Phyllis Diller died Aug. 20 at age 95. Bruce Nelson and Raymond Bekeris of John Bruce Nelson & Associates are the listing agents.

- City News Service contributed to this report.

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