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Comedy Great Anne Meara of Stiller & Meara, Ben Stiller's Mom, Dies at 85

Comedy Great Anne Meara of Stiller & Meara, Ben Stiller's Mom, Dies at 85
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Anne Meara, Ben Stiller's mom and one half of the classic comedy duo Stiller & Meara with her husband of 61 years, Jerry Stiller, has died at 85.

Stiller & Meara were staples of the nightclub circuit and on variety and other TV shows throughout the '60s and '70s, appeared in films, did theater, and played Las Vegas.


Solo, Meara had recurring roles on popular TV shows like "Rhoda," "Archie Bunker's Place," "Alf," the soap "All My Children," and "Sex and the City." She played the love interest of her husband on "The King of Queens," and worked with him in numerous other appearances, including on their own 1986 series, "The Stiller and Meara Show," and in a series of Web videos produced by their son in 2010.


Meara popped up in a number of her famous son's films, including "Reality Bites," "Zoolander," and "Night at the Museum."

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Meara with her son, Ben Stiller, and his wife, Christine Taylor. [Cred: Bruce Glikas/Getty Images]

Along with being nominated for an Emmy for her own, short-lived series "Kate McShane" in 1975, one of Meara's most acclaimed dramatic performances was in the 1996 film "The Daytrippers," costarring Stanley Tucci, Liev Schreiber, Hope Davis, Parker Posey, and Marcia Gay Harden. Her final film was Disney's "Planes: Fire & Rescue," for which she voiced the character of "Winnie."

Meara was an accomplished stage actress, winning an Obie for "Mädchen in Uniform" in 1955 before her comedy career took off, and earning a Tony nomination for her work in "Anna Christie" in 1993.

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Stiller & Meara, circa 1986 [Cred: NBC]

Meara, who had been living in the Hebrew Home for the Aged following several strokes, reportedly died of natural causes. Along with her husband and son, Meara is survived by her daughter Amy, who'd been her caretaker.

An array of Hollywood figures has taken to social media to express sorrow over the loss of the sassy, trailblazing comic actress:

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