Anne Meara’s Son Ben Stiller Steps Out After Mom’s Death, Thanks Friends and …

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Anne Meara, mom of Ben Stiller, dies.

No matter where they went, Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara could charm just about anyone, and if they couldn’t, they usually had a witty retort at the ready.“[This bit] came out of a need to find another piece of ourselves [for our act],” Jerry Stiller said of this clip of he and wife Anne Meara performing the bit for comedy shows hosted by Johnny Carson and Ed Sullivan. “We were running out of ‘tall woman and short guy.’ ” That exchange, part of an interview with the Archive of American Television, captures Stiller and Meara’s chemistry wonderfully, as does the bit they’re talking about, a riff on computer dating that sees the tall, Irish Catholic Meara’s character Mary Elizabeth Doyle matched with Stiller’s “Hershey Horowitz.” “We wrote every one of those sketches for that show between the two of us” Stiller continued, talking about the pair’s run on Sullivan. “Broke up the marriage, almost,” he continues jokingly. Stiller offered to take Meara out for coffee, and rather than picking up the check, Meara asked him to pilfer the silverware. “I lived in the Village and my roommate, Joyce Arbuckle and me, we needed another set of silverware,” Meara explained when she and Stiller appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” in 2012. The Stiller family released a statement to The Associated Press on Sunday describing Jerry Stiller as Meara’s “husband and partner in life.” 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.” Much of Meara and Stiller’s early humor was rooted in the ways that they made an odd couple: She was tall and Irish Catholic, and he was short and Jewish. Ben Stiller made his first movie with a Super 8 camera Jerry bought him, and would later go on to “direct” his parents in their Yahoo Web series, “Stiller and Meara,” where they would discuss everything from Lady Gaga and “Jersey Shore” to Jerry’s lying about Meara’s father to get the New York Times to publish his obituary. It wasn’t the first time Meara acted opposite Nixon — in 1988, Nixon played Juliet opposite Meara’s nurse in a production of “Romeo and Juliet” at the Public Theater in New York. We’re shooting you from the shoulders.’” Not only was King able to assuage her concerns, he brought her around full-circle. “I thought it was a terrific scene,” she said. “They did more with great economy.

Sitting alongside her husband, she generously began to explain Stiller’s societal contributions outside of acting because she’d grown weary of talking about their personal lives. “He can’t stop talking, but he doesn’t tell you some of the really great things he’s done,” Meara said. “And one of the really great things he’s done is he fought … he fought for the COBRA bill which extends health insurance for actors and performers.” The actress and comedian did comedy work with her husband, Jerry Stiller, that helped launch a 60-year career in film and TV.

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