• Anne Meara Dead At Age 85; What Happened To Ben Stiller’s Mother And Jerry’s Wife?

    Comedian Anne Meara has died, according to her husband, Jerry Stiller, and son Ben Stiller. She was 85 years old, and it’s still unclear exactly what happened.

    In a press release,  the family described Jerry Stiller as Meara’s “husband and partner in life,” before she died.

    “The two were married for 61 years and worked together almost as long,” the statement added.

    Anne Meara partnered with Jerry Stiller throughout the 1960s, most notably on The Ed Sullivan ShowThey also appeared together as part of the improv troupe Compass Players, which later became Second City.Anne_Meara_1975

    But before her death, Anne Meara also branched out on her own. She recurred as the cook on Archie Bunker’s Place (a role that earned her two Emmy nominations) and had recent guest roles on Sex And The City and King Of Queens. In the latter series, her character eventually married Doug’s (Kevin James) father Arthur, played by Jerry Stiller.

    And Anne Meara did not just limit herself to comedy. She had a recurring role on the soap opera All My Children and earned another Emmy nod for playing a teacher trapped in a hostage situation on Homicide: Life On The StreetShe also guest-starred as two different characters on Law & Order: SVUonce in 2004 and again in 2012. She and her husband received stars on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in 2007.

    Meara continued acting into her 80s, starring in a web series with her Jerry Stiller and voicing Winnie in the film Planes: Fire & Rescue

    Besides Jerry and Ben Stiller, Anne Meara also leaves behind daughter Amy and several grandchildren.

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    Melissa Siegel

    Melissa Siegel is a writer and journalist based in a suburb of New York City.

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