Comedian Anne Meara has passed away at the age of 85 years-old. Mother of actor Ben Stiller, Meara was married to Jerry Stiller for 61 years, according to the Stiller’s family statement to The Associated Press on Sunday.
In the 1950’s, Meara and Stiller launched their standup careers, performing together as “Stiller & Meara” in Las Vegas, night clubs, in commercials and appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” for an impresive 36 appearances.
Meara was successful in TV, film and on stage. She was nominated twice for an Emmy Award for her supporting role on “Archie Bunker’s Place,” as well as in 1997 for her guest-starring role on “Homicide.” In 1983, Meara won a Writers Guild Award for co-writing the TV movie “The Other Woman.”
Other TV appearances included projects from “All My Children,” to “Rhoda,” ”Alf, “The King of Queens, “Murphy Brown” and on HBO’s “Sex and the City” as Steve’s mother.