Anne Meara

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Anne Meara
Meara in 1975.
Born(1929-09-20)September 20, 1929
DiedMay 23, 2015(2015-05-23) (aged 85)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Years active1954–2015
Spouse(s)Jerry Stiller (1954–2015; her death)
ChildrenBen Stiller (b. 1965),
Amy Stiller (b. 1961)

Anne Meara (born September 20, 1929 – May 23, 2015[1]) was an American actress and comedian. She and Jerry Stiller were a 1960s comedy team, appearing as Stiller and Meara, and are the parents of actor/comedian Ben Stiller and actress Amy Stiller.

Early life[change | change source]

Meara was born in Brooklyn, New York. She is the daughter of Irish immigrant parents, Mary (née Dempsey) and Edward Joseph Meara, a lawyer.[2][3][4] Meara was raised in Roman Catholicism, and converted to Reform Judaism six years after marrying Stiller.[5][6]

Death[change | change source]

Meara died on May 23, 2015 at the age of 85 of multiple strokes.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Actress Anne Meara, Mom of Ben Stiller, Dies". Associated Press.
  2. Bloom, Nate (March 17, 2009). Interfaith "A Pint of Guinness, A Cup of Manischevitz: Some Irish/Jewish Connections".
  3. Anne Meara Biography (1929-)
  4. "E.J. Meara, Creator Of Comedy Skits, 73". The New York Times. December 16, 1966.
  5. O'Toole, Lesley (December 22, 2006). "Ben Stiller : 'Doing Comedy Is Scary'". The Independent. Archived from the original on January 8, 2007. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
  6. LA Times[permanent dead link]
  7. "Actress and Comedian Anne Meara, Mother of Ben Stiller, Dies at 85". Variety. May 24, 2015. Retrieved May 24, 2015.

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