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Comedienne + Actress Anne Meara, Mother of Ben Stiller Dead at 85

Anne Meara, actress, legendary comedienne, wife of Jerry Stiller and mother of Ben Stiller has passed away at 85.

The Stiller family announced the sad news to the Associated Press today (May 24), revealing that Meara died yesterday (May 23).

Said statement referred to Jerry Stiller, her husband of 61 years as both her “husband and partner in life.”

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 longtime role on “All My Children” and recurring appearances on “Rhoda,” ”Alf,” ”Sex and the City” and “The King of Queens.” She shared the screen with her son in 2006’s “Night at the Museum.”

Meara 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.” She won a Writers Guild Award for co-writing the 1983 TV movie “The Other Woman.”

The statement concluded, “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.”

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