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 Show. They also appeared together as part of the improv troupe Compass Players, which later became Second City.
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 Street. She also guest-starred as two different characters on Law & Order: SVU, once in 2004 and again in 2012. She and her husband received stars on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in 2007.
Besides Jerry and Ben Stiller, Anne Meara also leaves behind daughter Amy and several grandchildren.