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Anne Meara (1929–2015)


Comedienne Anna Meara was born September 20, 1929, in Brooklyn, New York, to Mary (Dempsey) and Edward Joseph Meara, who were both of Irish descent. She and her husband, Jerry Stiller were members of the improvisational company, the Compass Players, which later became The Second City Theater.. They performed as a duo under the name "Stiller and ... See full bio »

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Known For

Night at the Museum
(2006)
Reality Bites
Reality Bites Louise
(1994)
Awakenings
Awakenings Miriam
(1990)
ALF
ALF Dorothy Halligan
(1987-1989)

Filmography

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 2014 Planes: Fire & Rescue
Winnie (voice)
 2014/I Simpler Times (Short)
Gloria
 2004-2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Irene Kerns / Ida Becker
- Dreams Deferred (2012) ... Irene Kerns
- Scavenger (2004) ... Ida Becker
 2011 Rip City (TV Movie)
Myrt
 2010 Another Harvest Moon
Ella
 2010 Gravity (TV Series)
Mrs. Talbot
- Old People Creep Me Out (2010) ... Mrs. Talbot
 2009 Mercy (TV Series)
Estelle Thalberg
- The Last Thing I Said Was (2009) ... Estelle Thalberg
 2009 The Queen of Greenwich Village (Short)
Violet Arlotta
 2009 When the Evening Comes
Marion Corrado
 2009 Wonder Pets! (TV Series)
Granny Jenny / Linny's Grandmother
- Save the Old White Mouse!/The Adventures of Bee & Slug (2009) ... Granny Jenny (voice)
- Save the Old White Mouse ... Linny's Grandmother (voice)
 2007 The Shallow End of the Ocean (Short)
Ellen (voice)
 1999-2007 The King of Queens (TV Series)
Veronica Olchin / Mary Finnegan
- China Syndrome, Parts 1 and 2 (2007) ... Veronica Olchin
- Buy Curious (2005) ... Veronica Olchin
- Domestic Disturbance (2005) ... Veronica Olchin
- Name Dropper (2004) ... Veronica Olchin
- Icky Shuffle (2004) ... Veronica Olchin
 2006 Night at the Museum
Debbie
 2006 Four Kings (TV Series)
Ruth
- Pilot (2006) ... Ruth
 2002-2004 Sex and the City (TV Series)
Mary Brady
- An American Girl in Paris: Part Deux (2004) ... Mary Brady
- The Ick Factor (2004) ... Mary Brady
- One (2003) ... Mary Brady
- Unoriginal Sin (2002) ... Mary Brady
 2003 Crooked Lines
Hard Boiled
 2003 Charlie Lawrence (TV Series)
Charlie's Mother
 2003 Good Morning, Miami (TV Series)
Claire's Friend
- The Slow and the Furious (2003) ... Claire's Friend
 2002 The Yard Sale (Short)
Hank
 2002 Like Mike
Sister Theresa
 1999-2002 Oz (TV Series)
Aunt Brenda O'Reily
- Wheel of Fortune (2002) ... Aunt Brenda O'Reily
- Legs (1999) ... Aunt Brenda O'Reily
 2001 Get Well Soon
Linda
 2001 Will & Grace (TV Series)
Mrs. Friedman
- Star-Spangled Banter (2001) ... Mrs. Friedman
 2001 Zoolander
Protestor (uncredited)
 2001 Ed (TV Series)
Barbara Gennacarro
- The Test (2001) ... Barbara Gennacarro
 2001 What Makes a Family (TV Movie)
Evelyn Cataldi
 2000 Chump Change
Casting Director
 2000 The Independent
Rita
 1999 Brooklyn Thrill Killers (Short)
Mrs. Perrett
 1999 A Fish in the Bathtub
Molly
 1999 Judy Berlin
Bea
 1998 The Thin Pink Line
Mrs. Langstrom
 1998 Southie
Mrs. Quinn
 1993-1998 All My Children (TV Series)
Peggy Moody
- Episode dated 18 May 1998 (1998) ... Peggy Moody
- Episode dated 26 November 1996 (1996) ... Peggy Moody
- Episode dated 1 August 1996 (1996) ... Peggy Moody
- Episode #1.6495 (1995) ... Peggy Moody
- Episode dated 9 June 1993 (1993) ... Peggy Moody
 1997 Jitters (TV Movie)
Louise Domino
 1996 Homicide: Life on the Street (TV Series)
Donna DiGrazi
- Hostage: Part 2 (1996) ... Donna DiGrazi
- Hostage: Part 1 (1996) ... Donna DiGrazi (uncredited)
 1996 The Daytrippers
Rita Malone
 1995 Kiss of Death
Bev's Mother
 1995 Heavy Weights
Alice Bushkin
 1994 Murphy Brown (TV Series)
Reena Bernecky
- Brown in Toyland (1994) ... Reena Bernecky
- Bye Bye Bernecky (1994) ... Reena Bernecky
 1994 The Search for One-eye Jimmy
Holly Hoyt
 1994 Good Advice (TV Series)
Dooley Harold
- Roll Out the Barrel (1994) ... Dooley Harold
 1994 In the Heat of the Night (TV Series)
Roda
- Poor Relations (1994) ... Roda
 1994 Reality Bites
Louise
 1988-1993 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Mae Shaughnessy / Winnie Tupper Banner
- Murder in White (1993) ... Mae Shaughnessy
- Who Threw the Barbitals in Mrs. Fletcher's Chowder? (1988) ... Winnie Tupper Banner
 1987-1993 CBS Schoolbreak Special (TV Series)
Patricia Lennon / Mrs. Salters
- Love Off Limits (1993) ... Patricia Lennon
- The Day They Came to Arrest the Book (1987) ... Mrs. Salters
 1992 Through an Open Window (Short)
Madeline Jason
 1978-1991 Sesame Street (TV Series)
Silent 'Help' Film Narrator
- Episode #23.7 (1991) ... Silent 'Help' Film Narrator (voice)
- Episode #18.67 (1987) ... Silent 'Help' Film Narrator (voice)
- Episode #17.64 (1986) ... (voice)
- Episode #10.14 (1978) ... (voice)
 1991 Highway to Hell
Medea, Waitress in Pluto's
 1991 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Bernice Shapiro (segment "The Detective")
- The Sunset Gang (1991) ... Bernice Shapiro (segment "The Detective")
 1991 The General Motors Playwrights Theater (TV Series)
Rose Finkler
- Avenue Z Afternoon ... Rose Finkler
 1991 Shalom Sesame (TV Series)
Miriam
- Passover (1991) ... Miriam
 1990 Awakenings
Miriam
 1990 Monsters (TV Series)
Greta
- One Wolf's Family (1990) ... Greta
 1987-1989 ALF (TV Series)
Dorothy Halligan
- Break Up to Make Up (1989) ... Dorothy Halligan
- We Are Family (1988) ... Dorothy Halligan
- Something's Wrong with Me (1987) ... Dorothy Halligan
- The Gambler (1987) ... Dorothy Halligan
- Try to Remember: Part 1 (1987) ... Dorothy Halligan (credit only)
 1989 That's Adequate
Charlene Lane
 1987 Saturday Night Live (TV Series)
Bartender
- Charlton Heston/Wynton Marsalis (1987) ... Bartender (uncredited)
 1987 The Hustler of Money (TV Short)
Barmaid
 1986 My Little Girl
Mrs. Shopper
 1986 The Stiller & Meara Show (TV Movie)
Anne Bender
 1986 The Longshot
Madge
 1979-1983 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Minnie Dunlop / Rose Vitelli / Margaret Hanrahan
- April's Return/Super Mom/I'll See You Again (1979) ... Margaret Hanrahan
 1983 The Other Woman (TV Movie)
Peg Gilford
 1979-1982 Archie Bunker's Place (TV Series)
Veronica Rooney
- Death of a Lodger (1982) ... Veronica Rooney (credit only)
- Rabinowitz 's Brother (1982) ... Veronica Rooney (credit only)
- Billie Moves Out (1982) ... Veronica Rooney (credit only)
- West Side Astoria (1982) ... Veronica Rooney (credit only)
- The Second Time Around (1982) ... Veronica Rooney (credit only)
 1980 Fame
Mrs. Sherwood
 1979 Time Express (TV Series)
Gloria Chernoff
- Garbage Man/Doctor's Wife (1979) ... Gloria Chernoff
 1978 The Boys from Brazil
Mrs. Curry
 1977 Nasty Habits
Sister Geraldine
 1976-1977 Rhoda (TV Series)
Sally Gallagher
- What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? (1977) ... Sally Gallagher
- A Touch of Classy (1976) ... Sally Gallagher
- Guess Who I Saw Today (1976) ... Sally Gallagher
- Man of the Year (1976) ... Sally Gallagher
- Rhoda Questions Her Life and Flies to Paris (1976) ... Sally Gallagher
 1975 Kate McShane (TV Series)
Kate McShane
- Midnight Lady, Pretty Lady (1975) ... Kate McShane
- A Little Knowledge (1975) ... Kate McShane
- God at $15,732 a Year (1975) ... Kate McShane
- Conspiracy of Silence (1975) ... Kate McShane
- Publish or Perish (1975) ... Kate McShane
 1974 The New Temperatures Rising Show (TV Series)
Harriet
- The Three Faces of Edwina (1974) ... Harriet
 1974 Medical Center (TV Series)
Rose Miller
- The Enemies (1974) ... Rose Miller
 1971-1973 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Janet Ferguson (segment "Love and the Clinical Problem") / Martha (segment "Love and the Conjugal Visit")
 1972-1973 The Corner Bar (TV Series)
Mae / Jennifer Bradley
- Aunt Blanche (1973) ... Mae
- Fifty Grand (1973) ... Mae
- Mixed Doubles (1973) ... Mae
- To Your Good Health (1973) ... Mae
 1972-1973 The Paul Lynde Show (TV Series)
Grace Dickerson / Grace
- Barbara Goes Home to Mother (1973) ... Grace Dickerson
- Howie's Inheritance (1973) ... Grace
- To Wed or Not to Wed (1972) ... Grace Dickerson
- The Landlord (1972) ... Grace Dickerson
 1971-1972 The Courtship of Eddie's Father (TV Series)
Annie Dempsey / Bunny Sterling
- We Love Annie (1972) ... Annie Dempsey
- Thy Neighbor Loves Thee (1971) ... Bunny Sterling
 1972 Irish Whiskey Rebellion
Goldie Fain-Follies Star
 1971 Dames at Sea (TV Movie)
Joan
 1970 The Out of Towners
Woman in Police Station
 1964-1965 Linus! The Lion Hearted (TV Series)
- Linus to the Rescue (1965) ... (voice, as Stiller & Meara)
- Adrift on the Rapids (1964) ... (voice, as Stiller & Meara)
- Mocking Bird (1964) ... (voice, as Stiller & Meara)
 1960 Ninotchka (TV Movie)
Anna
 1959 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
- Oliver Twist (1959)
 1954 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Betty Blake
- Man on the Mountaintop (1954) ... Betty Blake
 1954 The Greatest Gift (TV Series)
Harriet
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Show Show Soundtrack (1 credit)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Her play, "After-Play," was performed at the Organic Touchstone Company in Chicago, Il, with Annabel Armour in the cast. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | See more »

Alternate Names:

Jerry & Anne aka Stiller & Meara | Stiller & Meara | Stiller and Meara | Meara

Height:

5' 6" (1.68 m)
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Trivia:

Although Anne converted to Judaism upon their marriage, the main source of Stiller and Meara's material was the differences in their ethnic backgrounds, epitomized by their famous "Hershey Horowitz/Mary Elizabeth Doyle" routines. See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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