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Monday, May 25, 2015

Remembering Anne Meara 1929 - 2015

Actress and comedian Anne Meara, who died Saturday at age 85, began her career performing with her husband, Jerry Stiller, as the comedy team, Stiller and Meara. They broke up their act in 1970 because it was affecting their marriage, and both of them went on to have successful acting careers.

Meara's film credits include The Out-of-Towners (1970), Lovers and Other Strangers (1970), Nasty Habits (1977), The Boys from Brazil (1978), Fame (1980), Awakenings (1990), Reality Bites (1994), The Daytrippers (1996) and Night at the Museum (2006). She also appeared on many television series, including the ABC sitcom, The Corner Bar (1973), the 1975 CBS drama, Kate McShane (for which she received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series), Rhoda (for which she received a 1977 Golden Globe nomination), Archie Bunker's Place (for which she received two Emmy Award nominations in 1981 and 1982), ALF (1987-89), All My Children (1992-99) as maid Peggy Moody, and four episodes of the HBO series, Sex and the City, as Miranda's mother-in-law.

Meara's Broadway credits include Richard Greenberg's 1988 play, Eastern Standard, and the 1992 revival of Anna Christie, for which she received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play. She also appeared as Bunny Flingus in the original 1971 Off-Broadway production of John Guare's The House of Blue Leaves. Other Off-Broadway shows include Harvey Fierstein's 1984 play, Spookhouse, and the 1995 comedy, After-Play (which she also wrote).

Meara is survived by Stiller (her husband of 61 years) and their children, actor Ben Stiller and actress/comedian Amy Stiller.

Below I've selected some videos to celebrate Anne Meara's life and career.

Stiller and Meara were the Mystery Guests on an episode of What's My Line?, which was taped on March 11, 1969.

Stiller and Meara appeared on the game show, He Said, She Said, in June 1970.

She appeared on the unsold game show pilot, Says Who?, in 1971.

Stiller and Meara were guests on The Carol Burnett Show on November 1, 1972.

Stiller and Meara were on the premiere episode of the game show, Tattletales, on February 18, 1974.

She made her first appearance as divorced airline stewardess Sally Gallagher on Rhoda on October 11, 1976.

She played English teacher Mrs. Sherwood in the 1980 film, Fame.

Stiller and Meara appeared together in a 1980 Windex commercial.

She played Parker Posey's mother in the 1996 film, The Daytrippers.

Stiller and Meara were interviewed on Theater Talk on October 29, 2010.


joel65913 said...

This was a sad surprise. She, and Jerry, were everywhere in the 70's & 80's, more infrequently afterwards but always around and a delightful presence. For some reason, probably my surprise that she could sing, I remember a commercial she made where she musically asked for you to give to your heart association. Loved her in so many things but especially as the flustered, pushy mother in the oddly amusing The Daytrippers. That What's My Line appearance is so cute, talking about their little boy Benjy!, although that version was never a patch on the fabulous original. So many memories, Tattletales!-I watched it everyday! She will be missed.

Marc Harshbarger said...

Thanks for your comment, Joel. Ms. Meara will definitely be missed.