Actress and comedian Anne Meara dies at 85

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Actress Anne Meara Dies At 85

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Actress and comedian Anne Meara, whose comic work with husband Jerry Stiller helped launch a 60-year career in film and TV, has died. She was 85.

Jerry Stiller and son Ben Stiller say Meara died Saturday. No other details were provided.

The Stiller family released a statement to The Associated Press on Sunday describing Jerry Stiller as Meara's "husband and partner in life."

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Jerry Stiller, left, and his wife Anne Meara pose on the set of "The King of Queens," at Sony Studio in Culver City, Calif., Nov. 6, 2003. After 50 years of marriage, with both their careers still going strong, Meara and Stiller remain each other's biggest fan. (AP Photo/Stefano Paltera)
Photo by: Raoul Gatchalian/starmaxinc.com ©2008 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Telephone/Fax: (212) 995-1196 11/12/08 Ben Stiller with Anne Meara, Christine Taylor and Jerry Stiller at the 24th Annual Museum of the Moving Image Gala. (Cipriani, NYC) (Star Max via AP Images)
Photo by: Raoul Gatchalian/starmaxinc.com ©2008 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Telephone/Fax: (212) 995-1196 11/12/08 Ben Stiller with Anne Meara, Christine Taylor and Jerry Stiller at the 24th Annual Museum of the Moving Image Gala. (Cipriani, NYC) (Star Max via AP Images)
From left, Anne Meara, Christine Taylor and Jerry Stiller attend the Museum of the Moving Image Salute to Ben Stiller at Cipriani's 42nd Street on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2008 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Honoree Ben Stiller, center, poses with, from left, his mother Anne Meara and his wife Christine Taylor at the Museum of the Moving Image Salute to Ben Stiller at Cipriani's 42nd Street on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2008 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Entertainers Jerry Stiller, right, and his wife, Anne Meara, arrive for Walter Cronkite's funeral at St. Bartholomew's Church on Park Ave. in New York, Thursday, July 23, 2009. Cronkite died last Friday at his Manhattan home at age 92. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Jerry Stiller, left, and Anne Meara arrive at the premiere of "The Heartbreak Kid" in Los Angeles on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Actor Frank Langella, right, shown with the comedy team, Anne Meara, left, and Jerry Stiller, following the opening performance of the play, "Passione," at the Morosco Theater in New York on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1980. Langella, known to audiences for his role as Dracula, made his directing debut with the new Albert Innaurato comedy. Stiller stars in the play. (AP Photo/ER)
Jerry Stiller and wife Anne Meara dance at the ?American Hot Wax? premiere party, March 1978. (AP Photo/Bob Wands)
** FILE ** Jerry Stiller, right, and Anne Meara, center, appear with host Ed Sullivan in this May 29, 1970 file photo. After 50 years of marriage, with both their careers still going strong, Meara and Stiller remain each other's biggest fan. (AP Photo/File)
Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara read nominations for the American Theater WIng's 58th Annual Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards, in New York Monday May 10, 2004. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Anne Meara, Whoopi Goldberg and Amy Stiller attend the 2012 Made In NY Awards at Gracie Mansion on June 4, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara perform to celebrate their lifetime acheivement award at the 2012 Made In NY Awards at Gracie Mansion on June 4, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Actors/comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara attend the 2012 Made In NY Awards at Gracie Mansion on June 4, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Jerry Stiller, left, and Anne Meara arrive at the premiere of "I Love You, Man" in Los Angeles on Tuesday, March 17, 2009. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Actors Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara joke around, Friday Feb. 9, 2007, as they are honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. Stiller and Meara are the fourth married couple to receive a joint star on the Walk of Fame, joining Sonny and Cher, television's Ozzie and Harriet Nelson and radio's Fibber McGee and Molly (Jim and Marian Jordan). (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Actors Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara attend The 80th Annual Academy Awards Official Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences New York Oscar Night Party at The Carlyle in New York City, USA
Actors Jerry Stiller, far left, and Anne Meara, second from right, pose with their children, Ben Stiller and Amy Stiller Friday, Feb. 9, 2007, as they are honored with a star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. Stiller and Meara are the fourth married couple to receive a joint star on the Walk of Fame, joining Sonny and Cher, television's Ozzie and Harriet Nelson and radio's Fibber McGee and Molly (Jim and Marian Jordan). Honorary Mayor of Hollywood, Johnny Grant is shown in background at right. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Actors Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara laugh Friday, Feb. 9, 2007, as they are honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. Stiller and Meara are the fourth married couple to receive a joint star on the Walk of Fame, joining Sonny and Cher, television's Ozzie and Harriet Nelson and radio's Fibber McGee and Molly (Jim and Marian Jordan). (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Actors Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller arrive at the world premiere of 'Night at the Museum' and official launch of the Natural History Museum's sleepover program at the Natural History Museum on Sunday, December 17, 2006 in New York.
(left-right) Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara, Ben Stiller and his wife Christine Taylor arrive at the world premiere of 'Night at the Museum' and official launch of the Natural History Museum's sleepover program at the Natural History Museum on Sunday, December 17, 2006 in New York.
Actor Jerry Stiller leaves the the Riverside Memorial Chapel with his wife Ann Meara after attending a funeral service for actor Tony Randall in New York on Friday, May 21, 2004. (AP Photo/Dean Cox)
Anne Meara and husband Jerry Stiller arrive to celebrate the release of the first three seasons of Seinfeld on DVD, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004, in New York. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 24: Actors Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller attends the 62nd Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards at Sardi's on May 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 07: Actor Dean Winters, actress Anne Meara and TV personality Aasif Mandvi attend the 61st Annual Writers Guild Awards New York Ceremony at the Hudson Theatre inside the Millennium Broadway Hotel on February 7, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller pose backstage at the Jerry Stiller show at the Hilton Hotel & Casino on January 17, 2009 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
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"The two were married for 61 years and worked together almost as long," the statement said.

The couple performed as Stiller & Meara on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and other programs in the 1960s and won awards for the radio and TV commercials they made together. Meara also appeared in dozens of films and TV shows, including a longtime role on "All My Children" and recurring appearances on "Rhoda," `'Alf," `'Sex and the City" and "The King of Queens." She shared the screen with her son in 2006's "Night at the Museum."

Meara was twice nominated for an Emmy Award for her supporting role on "Archie Bunker's Place," along with two other Emmy nods, most recently in 1997 for her guest-starring role on "Homicide." She won a Writers Guild Award for co-writing the 1983 TV movie "The Other Woman."

Besides her husband and son, Meara is survived by her daughter, Amy, and several grandchildren.

The family statement said: "Anne's memory lives on 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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