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Also Known As: Died:
Born: September 20, 1929 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor, comedian, writer, playwright

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As one-half of the country's most renowned and universally beloved comedy duos, Anne Meara charmed millions with her hilarious and sometimes absurd banter with real-life husband Jerry Stiller. Known by many simply as Stiller and Meara, the pair incorporated their personal anecdotes - from relationship squabbles, to personality differences and cultural clashes - into their decades-long comedy act. Stiller and Meara's routine garnered national attention after numerous appearances on the seminal variety series "The Ed Sullivan Show" (CBS, 1948-1971). Apart from her husband, Meara also established a successful career as a hardworking actress, appearing in feature films and making memorable guest appearances on shows such as "The King of Queens" (CBS, 1998-2007) and "Sex and the City" (HBO, 1998-2004) throughout her career. Dedicated not only to her craft, but also to her family - raising their son, blockbuster movie star Ben Stiller - Meara shared her life with the world and made it collectively laugh, a feat that could only be accomplished by a true comedy legend.

As one-half of the country's most renowned and universally beloved comedy duos, Anne Meara charmed millions with her hilarious and sometimes absurd banter with real-life husband Jerry Stiller. Known by many simply as Stiller and Meara, the pair incorporated their personal anecdotes - from relationship squabbles, to personality differences and cultural clashes - into their decades-long comedy act. Stiller and Meara's routine garnered national attention after numerous appearances on the seminal variety series "The Ed Sullivan Show" (CBS, 1948-1971). Apart from her husband, Meara also established a successful career as a hardworking actress, appearing in feature films and making memorable guest appearances on shows such as "The King of Queens" (CBS, 1998-2007) and "Sex and the City" (HBO, 1998-2004) throughout her career. Dedicated not only to her craft, but also to her family - raising their son, blockbuster movie star Ben Stiller - Meara shared her life with the world and made it collectively laugh, a feat that could only be accomplished by a true comedy legend.

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 Fired! (2006)
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 Crooked Lines (2003)
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 Like Mike (2002) Sister Theresa
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 What Makes a Family (2001) Evelyn Cataldi
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 Independent, The (2000) Rita
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1950:
Apprenticed in summer stock in Long Island and Woodstock, NY
1954:
Made off-Broadway debut in "A Month in the Country"
1954:
Made TV debut as regular on short-lived series "The Greatest Gift" (NBC)
1958:
Appeared in Broadway debut in "Ulysses in Nighttown"
1959:
Joined St. Louis improvisational theater The Compass with husband Jerry Stiller
1960:
Made her TV-movie debut in ABC's "Ninotchka"
1962:
Formed comedy act with husband Stiller and made first of many appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" (CBS)
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Formed own production company writing, producing and recording award-winning radio and TV commercials
1969:
Appeared as a regular on TV game show, "You're Putting Me On"
1970:
Made feature film debut in "The Out of Towners" as a woman in a police station
1970:
Starred on Broadway in award-winning play "House of Blue Leaves"
1972:
Cast as a TV series regular on the ABC sitcom "The Paul Lynde Show"
1972:
Starred in the drama feature "Irish Whiskey Rebellion"
1975:
Starred in the first network dramatic series to feature a woman lawyer, playing the title role on CBS' "Kate McShane"
1976:
Joined the cast as a regular on the sitcom spin-off "Rhoda" (CBS)
1979:
Cast as a regular on "Archie Bunker's Place" (CBS)
1986:
Co-starred with husband Stiller in the TV-movie "The Stiller & Meara Show"
1987:
Landed recurring role of Grandma Dorothy on the NBC sitcom "ALF"
1990:
Acted opposite Robert De Niro and Robin Williams in Penny Marshall directed drama "Awakenings"
1994:
Directed by son Ben Stiller in his first feature "Reality Bites"
1995:
Made off-Broadway debut as a playwright with "After-Play"
1997:
Co-starred as Hope Davis' mother in "The Daytrippers"
1999:
Starred opposite husband Stiller and Mark Ruffalo in the comedy film "A Fish in the Bathtub"
1999:
Made cameo appearance in "Judy Berlin"
1999:
Second play, "Down the Garden Paths" premiered at New Jersey's George Street Playhouse; daughter Amy had featured role in play; produced Off-Broadway in 2000 with Anne Jackson and Eli Wallach
1999:
Acted opposite her husband Stiller, Kevin James, and Leah Remini on "The King of Queens" (CBS)
2001:
Made a cameo as a protestor in son Ben Stiller's comedy feature "Zoolander"
2002:
Landed a recurring role on HBO's "Sex and the City" as Miranda Hobbes' (Cynthia Nixon) quirky mother-in-law Mary Brady
2006:
Directed once again by her son Stiller in the family comedy "Night at the Museum"
2010:
Co-starred with husband Stiller on the Web series "Stiller & Meara"
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Education

Herbert Berghof Studio: New York , New York - 1953 - 1954

Notes

Meara has been nominated for four Emmy awards

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husband:
Jerry Stiller. Comedian; actor. Born June 8, 1927; performing partner whom she married September 14, 1954.

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father:
Edward Joseph Meara.
mother:
Mary Meara.
daughter:
Amy Stiller. Actor. Born c. 1963.
son:
Ben Stiller. Director, actor. Born on November 30, 1965.
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