Comedian Anne Meara dies aged 85

New York-born actress and comedian Anne Meara, known for her opposites-attract comedy routine with husband Jerry Stiller, dies over the weekend

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Anne Meara, the mother of actor Ben Stiller, died on Saturday. Her family made the announcement in a statement given through a representative, but provided no details about the circumstances of her death.

The statement said: "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."

They also added: "She is survived by her husband and partner in life Jerry Stiller. The two were married for 61 years and worked together almost as long."

Meara was born on Sept. 20, 1929 and started her career in so-called summer stock theater. In 1954 she joined the cast of short-lived NBC soap opera The Greatest Gift.

Meara and Stiller met in 1953 at an agent's office and married a few months later.

The couple made their name as "Stiller & Meara" in the 1960s with frequent performances on variety shows.

By the 1960s, they had become a popular comedy duo on American television, making 36 appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

Stiller told the New York Daily News in 2012 "Our marriage has lasted because we have the same feelings of insecurity about being an actor. We needed stability." 

In the early 1970s, the pair began working separately. She made the movies "The Out-of-Towners" and "Lovers and Other Strangers" and had a one-year run starring on the television show "Kate McShane."

She also appeared on television shows "The King of Queens" and "Sex and the City."

News of her death prompted tributes from fans and celebrities all over the world.


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