Actress and comedian Anne Meara dies at 85

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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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)
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 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.
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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