Anne Meara, the well-known Emmy/Tony-nominated actress and comedian, wife of longtime partner Jerry Stiller (personally and professionally) and mother to Ben Stiller, has passed away at the age of 85. AP has confirmed. No other details are known yet, but a statement released from the Stiller family noted that Jerry and Anne were “married for 61 years and worked together almost as long,” and that’s one hell of a partnership that’s come to an end. Truly tragic.
Anne and Jerry have been working together since the 60s (The Ed Sullivan Show), and she was nominated for a Tony for Anna Christie and multiple Emmy’s for her supporting role on Archie Bunker’s Place. She also won a Writers Guild Award for the 1983 TV movie The Other Woman and appeared in countless TV shows and films, including Sex and the City, The Kings of Queens, Awakenings and Fame and even some of Ben Stiller’s like Night At The Museum and a personal all-timer for me, Zoolander.
“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,” added the Stiller family.