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Actress and Comedian Anne Meara, Mother of Ben Stiller, Dies at 85

24 May 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Anne Meara, the Emmy- and Tony-nominated comedian long paired personally and professionally with Jerry Stiller and the mother of actor-director Ben Stiller, died Saturday, her husband and son told the Associated Press. She was 85.

No further details have been revealed. A statement released to the AP said Jerry Stiller was Meara’s “husband and partner in life.” The statement added, “The two were married for 61 years and worked together almost as long.”

Stiller and Meara were a top comedy act in the 1960s, appearing on “The Ed Sullivan Show” 36 times. The two were members of the improv group the Compass Players, which later became Second City.

Although Meara had converted to Judaism when the couple got married, Stiller & Meara’s material centered on the differences in their ethnic backgrounds, epitomized by their signature “Hershey Horowitz/Mary Elizabeth Doyle” routines.

In 2010 the couple had their own Yahoo comedy series, “Stiller & Meara, »

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Actress and Comedian Anne Meara, Mother of Ben Stiller, Dies at 85

24 May 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Anne Meara, the Emmy- and Tony-nominated comedian long paired personally and professionally with Jerry Stiller and the mother of actor-director Ben Stiller, died Saturday, her husband and son told the Associated Press. She was 85.

No further details have been revealed. A statement released to the AP said Jerry Stiller was Meara’s “husband and partner in life.” The statement added, “The two were married for 61 years and worked together almost as long.”

Stiller and Meara were a top comedy act in the 1960s, appearing on “The Ed Sullivan Show” 36 times. The two were members of the improv group the Compass Players, which later became Second City.

Although Meara had converted to Judaism when the couple got married, Stiller & Meara’s material centered on the differences in their ethnic backgrounds, epitomized by their signature “Hershey Horowitz/Mary Elizabeth Doyle” routines.

In 2010 the couple had their own Yahoo comedy series, “Stiller & Meara, »

- Carmel Dagan

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Anne Meara 1929-2015

24 May 2015 9:43 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Although best known to audiences as the wife of Jerry Stiller and mother of Ben, Anne Meara was an accomplished actor, writer and comedian. She died on Saturday at the age of 85. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Meara got her performing start in summer stock before breaking into television with The Philco Television Playhouse and short-lived soap The Greatest Gift in 1954. She met Jerry Stiller at an audition and they married in 1954, but though their personal and professional lives have long since become intertwined, they didn’t kick off their joint career until 1959, touring with a comic revue. Playing the club circuit got them noticed by talk show host Ed Sullivan, who had them on his show many times. Their brand of affectionate comedy mined their marriage for truthful laughs and poignant stories.As a couple, they were also members of the improv company The Compass players, a precursor to The Second City, »

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