Anne Meara, Actress/Comedian and Half of Stiller & Meara, Dead at 85

Anne Meara Dead

Anna Meara, an actress and comedian whose career spanned 61 years — as long as her marriage to husband and comedy partner Jerry Stiller — died on Saturday of undisclosed causes. She was 85.

As part of the Stiller & Meara comedy team, Meara appeared on such variety series as The Ed Sullivan Show. She and Stiller, among the first graduates of the Second City comedy troupe, also partnered in appearances on Rhoda, for the eponymous The Stiller and Meara Show, and on King of Queens (where Stiller was a regular).

Meara’s myriad solo credits include the short-lived 1975 CBS legal drama Kate McShane (Emmy-nominated in the title role), Archie Bunker’s Place (where she earned two more Emmy nods), All My Children (as Erica Kane’s maid Peggy Moody), Homicide, ALF and Sex and the City (as Steve’s mother).

Meara won a Writers Guild Award for co-writing the 1983 TV-movie The Other Woman.

Her film credits include Night at the Museum, where she shared scenes with son Ben Stiller.

“Anne’s memory lives on,” reads a statement issued by her family, “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.”

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21 Comments
  1. MorroccoMole says:

    A very talented lady who handled dramatic roles as easily as comedy. As a teenager, I remember laughing anytime Stiller and Meara performed: Sullivan, Carson, or on record.

  2. Mr. Tran K says:

    Sad loss and a true comedic legend. RIP Anne Meara :-(

  3. lori says:

    Comedy legend. Rest in peace

  4. Joey says:

    Very sad day today. Here’s to you, Anne.

  5. LADY_in_MD says:

    So sad loved her in everything she did
    Sorry to the family for their loss

  6. dan says:

    She played the English teacher in the movie Fame. She was excellent and was considered a possible Oscar nominee for supporting actress (she wasn’t nominated, unfortunately). A funny lady with her husband and on her own. RIP!

  7. Dean says:

    And so another legend passes.

  8. N says:

    RIP. I loved her

  9. Nitemar says:

    The legends of a generation are going fast..RIP.

  10. MIKE says:

    Comedy or drama she had the talent for both.

  11. Christy says:

    Great actress. Loved her on All My Children. RIP.

  12. Carm says:

    So talented. I loved watching her in anything. RIP Anne.

  13. bar says:

    I’m going out for a nice dinner with my family tonight. I’m going to get a picture of us and caption the instagram “RIP Veronica Olchin family dinner”

  14. A multi-talented woman who will be missed. RIP lovely lady.

  15. Gwenna says:

    So very sad to be saying goodbye to someone who, over the years, brought
    laughter into my life. Condolences to her family and friends. She will be missed.
    R.I.P. Anne…

  16. Maria M says:

    I loved them when they guest starred in Mercy, and it’s heartbreaking that life imitated art in this instance (with a sadder outcome). RIP.

  17. sherrym2 says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family in the passing of Anne Meara. What a talented wonderful entertainer. I will miss her.

  18. Pat says:

    A beautiful woman and actress who will be sadly missed. I always considered her to be the rock of that family. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Stiller family and May She Rest in Peace.

  19. Madoqua says:

    Goodbye Anne. Thanks for all the laughs.

  20. Ro says:

    So very sad…. I absolutlely loved Stiller & Meara.