Actress and Comedian Anne Meara, Mother of Ben Stiller, Passes Away at 85
The great Anne Meara, wife of Jerry Stiller and mother of Ben Stiller, has sadly passed away. The 85-year-old actress and comedian died yesterday, confirmed by both her husband and son to the Associated Press. Meara had worked with her longtime husband and partner for over 50 years.
In a statement given to AP, a representative noted that Meara and Stiller “were married for 61 years and worked together almost as long.” Their professional partnership began around the ‘60s as members of improv group Compass Players (now known as the famous Second City), and the two appeared almost 40 times together on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Meara was nominated for a Tony award for her performance in Anna Christie opposite Liam Neeson and his late wife, Natasha Richardson. She was also nominated for four Emmy awards, for roles in Archie Bunker’s Place and Homicide: Life on the Street. The actress and comedian appeared in classic films like The Out-of-Towners and Fame, and worked with her son Ben Stiller in Zoolander and Night at the Museum. Meara also had recurring roles on shows like Rhoda, The King of Queens and Sex and the City.
More recently, she starred opposite her husband in the Yahoo! Screen series Stiller and Meara, produced by their son.
Meara and Stiller were so devoted and inseparable that the pair share a star together on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.