Actress Anne Meara, Mother Of Ben Stiller, Passes Away At 85

Actress Anne Meara, Mother Of Ben Stiller, Passes Away At 85
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Anne Meara, actress and comedian best known for the husband-and-wife comedy duo Stiller and Meara and who also starred in movies and television, has passed away. She was 85.


According to NBC News, her husband Jerry Stiller and son Ben Stiller said that Meara died on Saturday.

“The Stiller family is deeply saddened to share the beloved Anne Meara passed away last night at the age of 85,” Ben’s representative said in a statement, as reported by E! Online. “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.”

The actress began her career in the 1950’s. She paired up with Jerry as one half of the comedy team Stiller and Meara and appeared in “The Ed Sullivan Show.” She was also the recipient of awards for radio and television commercials the couple created together.

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The two also made appearances on “The Love Boat” and “The King of Queens.”

She starred with Jerry and son Ben in movies like “Heavy Weights,” “Highway to Hell,” “The Independent” (also featuring her daughter Amy), and “Zoolander.”

She also acted in the 1994-released “Reality Bites,” directed by Ben, playing a newspaper editor. The mother and son duo also featured in the 2006 movie “Night at the Museum.”

In her television career, she played Sally on “Rhoda” and Peggy Moody on “All My Children.” Her roles also include playing Mary Brady, Miranda’s ailing mother-in-law, on “Sex and the City” and making a guest appearance on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” in 2012.

“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,” Ben’s representative said.

Several people paid tribute to the veteran actress on social media.

In addition to Jerry and children Ben and Amy, Meara is survived by her several grandchildren.

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