Entertainment Actor and comedian Anne Meara, mother of Ben Stiller, dies at 85

Actor and comedian Anne Meara, mother of Ben Stiller, dies at 85

 Anne Meara, with her husband Jerry Stiller.
Anne Meara, who died at 85 with her husband Jerry Stiller.

The actor and comedian Anne Meara, who gained fame as half of the comedy team Stiller & Meara and went on be a star of TV and film, has died. She was 85.

Her husband, the comic and actor Jerry Stiller, and actor son Ben Stiller said Meara died on Saturday. No other details were provided.

The Stiller family released a statement on Sunday, in which they described Jerry Stiller as Meara’s “husband and partner in life”.

“The two were married for 61 years and worked together almost as long,” the statement said.

It added: “Anne’s memory lives on in the hearts of daughter Amy, son Ben, her grandchildren, her extended family and friends, and the millions she entertained as an actress, writer and comedienne.”

The couple performed as Stiller & Meara on The Ed Sullivan Show and other programs in the 1960s and won awards for the radio and TV commercials they made together. Meara also appeared in dozens of films and TV shows, including a long-time role on All My Children and recurring roles on Rhoda, Sex and the City and The King of Queens.

She was twice nominated for an Emmy award for her supporting role on Archie Bunker’s Place, along with three other Emmy nods, most recently in 1997 for her guest-starring role on Homicide. Meara also won a Writers Guild Award for the 1983 TV movie The Other Woman.

Besides Jerry Stiller and Ben Stiller, Meara is survived by her daughter, Amy, and several grandchildren.


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