Ben Stiller Posts Vintage Photo of His Mom: ‘She Was an Extraordinary Person’

27 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

9 Celebrity Twitter Tributes to Comedy Legend Anne Meara.

Since the weekend, thousands of the actor’s fans – and many celebrity friends and acquaintances – have wished Ben, and his father Jerry Stiller, well in their time of bereavement. She received four Emmy Award nominations, was nominated for a Tony Award, and won a Writer’s Guild Award for “The Other Woman.” Her son, actor Ben Stiller, wrote on his Twitter account: “Thank you so much for all the kind words about Anne.

Set in a chic restaurant of the era (probably Orso), “After-Play” centers on two aging showbiz couples who, after attending the play everybody in New York is talking about, spend the evening drinking martinis and opening old wounds. When I interviewed her, Meara told me the play was the result of a bout of stage fright she experienced in a 1993 Broadway production of “Anna Christie.” “I just couldn’t do it anymore,” she said. “I would arrive at the theater two hours before curtain and sit in my dressing room terrified that I was going to screw up. So I decided to focus on playwriting, and after about a year I completed ‘After-Play.’ ” Rue McClanahan and Barbara Barrie were in the original cast, but when McClanahan had to leave to work on a movie, Meara, with the help of her therapist, mustered the courage to take over the role. “Personal issues I never dealt with in my childhood,” she said.

The festival also showed some of Meara’s films over the years, including Greg Mottola’s “The Daytrippers,” which screened during the second annual Nantucket Film Festival in 1997. Then she added: “The death of my mother by her own hand when I was 11 — I think that had a lot to do with it.” Things seemed fine in the Meara household until her mother had a hysterectomy. Then she spiraled into a depression — “which today could be taken care of with therapy or Prozac,” Meara said — and killed herself. “If you have any questions of your parents, you’d better ask them now,” she told me. “Because sooner or later they are going to end up in the boneyard, and you’ll spend the rest of your life in the dark.”

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