According to Billboard, Anne Meara, who was famous as the lead comedian of “Stiller & Meara,” passed away at the age of 85. Read on for more details.
Meara’s husband, Jerry Stiller said in an official statement to the Associated Press that, Meara died on Saturday, May 23, 2015. Apart from this, no news has been provided. Meera and Stiller were married for 61 years and they both worked together for almost that long.
Stiller and Meara were a mismatched pair. Stiller was a 5-foot-4, Jewish guy whereas she was two inches taller than him, an Irish-American Catholic. This dissimilarities in the couple gave an idea to Jerry and while playing the role of Hershey Horowitz and Mary Elizabeth Doyle, it became their signature routine.
The couple hit the road in 1960s and ever since then they remained the most loved comedians for decades to come. Meara has also worked in many films, her most notable roles has been in “The Out of Towners,” “Nasty Habits,” “The Boys From Brazil,” and “Night at the Museum.” She was also nominated for playing the role of Marthy Owen in “Anna Chirstie” by Eugene O’Neill.
Meara, a four-time Emmy Award nominee, was survived by son, actor-director Ben Stiller and actress Amy Stiller. Ben Stiller remembered his mother over twitter and said that the entire family feels very lucky to had her in their lives.
Yet another one of comedy’s greats is gone! She was a pioneer for female comics–like Joan Rivers and Phyllis Diller. Television and movies will never be the same. Anne, you will be missed. Rest in Peace.