Anne Meara

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Anne Meara
Anne Meara 1975.JPG
Meara in 1975.
Born(1929-09-20)September 20, 1929
DiedMay 23, 2015(2015-05-23) (aged 85)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress
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 natural causes.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Actress Anne Meara, Mom of Ben Stiller, Dies". Associated Press.
  2. Bloom, Nate (March 17, 2009). Interfaith Family.com: "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
  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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