Anne Meara, of the famed husband and wife comedy team Stiller and Meara, has passed away at the age of 85. Anne Meara, the loopy and lovable comedienne who launched a stand-up comedy career with husband Jerry Stiller in the 1950s, who was a successful actress in both comedy and serious film roles, performed on TV and the stage, has taken her final curtain call.
Jerry Stiller and son Ben Stiller say Anne died Saturday, but no other details were provided.
The Stiller family released a statement to the Associated Press on Sunday describing Jerry Stiller as Meara’s “husband and partner in life.” The statement went on to say, “The two were married for 61 years and worked together almost as long.”
Anne Meara born in Brooklyn, Sept. 20, 1929, was a red-haired, Irish-Catholic girl and a stark contrast to Jerry Stiller, a Jewish guy from Manhattan’s Lower East Side who was two years older and four inches shorter.
Their marriage lasted, but the comedy act was dissolved in the 1970s as Meara pursued her acting career. However, as a comedy duo Stiller and Meara logged 36 appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and were a successful team in Las Vegas, major nightclubs, on records and in commercials. Anne went on to appear in such films as “The Out-of-Towners,” ”Fame,” ”Awakenings” and, directed by her son Ben Stiller in the movie “Reality Bites.”
The family statement said:
“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.”