Comedian Anne Meara, mother of actor Ben Stiller, dies at 85

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Actress Anne Meara, who launched comedy career with Jerry Stiller, dead at 85.

LOS ANGELES — Anne Meara, the loopy, lovable comedian who launched a standup career with husband Jerry Stiller in the 1950s and found success as an actress in films, on TV and the stage, has died.Actress Anne Meara — half of the comedy duo “Stiller and Meara” who forged a career spanning more than six decades on Broadway, TV and film — has died.

Warren Reyburn was a staff sergeant stationed in the Pacific with the 25th Infantry Division nicknamed “Tropic Lightning.” His division earned recognition for fighting 165 days without rest during the liberation of the Philippine Islands. Born in Brooklyn on Sept. 20, 1929, she was a red-haired, Irish-Catholic girl who struck a vivid contrast to Stiller, a Jewish guy from Manhattan’s Lower East Side who was two years older and four inches shorter. Klobuchar’s office worked with Reyburn’s family to get a replacement – and learned that Reyburn should have received seven additional war medals, including the Bronze Star. They logged 36 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and were a successful team in Las Vegas, major nightclubs, on records and in commercials (scoring big for Blue Nun wine with their sketches on radio).

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) – A conservationist group is encouraging the public to stay away from some areas of Duluth’s Park Point beach, after two endangered piping plovers were spotted there earlier this month. That’s all I could afford,” Stiller said. “Then I said, ‘Can I pick up the check?’ She said, ‘Forget the check, pick up some silverware, stick it in your pocket and let’s get the hell out of here.’ ” Stiller and Meara married in 1954 and became a top comedy act in the 1960s, appearing on “The Ed Sullivan Show” 36 times.

She appeared in such films as “The Out-of-Towners,” ”Fame,” ”Awakenings” and, directed by her son, “Reality Bites.” 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.” She also appeared in dozens of films and TV shows, including a longtime role on “All My Children” and appearances on “Rhoda,” ”Alf” and “The King of Queens.” She shared the screen with her son in 2006’s “Night at the Museum.” Meara also had a recurring role on CBS’ “Murphy Brown” and on HBO’s “Sex and the City.” In 1975, she starred in CBS’ “Kate McShane,” which, though short-lived, had the distinction of being the first network drama to feature a woman lawyer. Meara worked steadily throughout the past six decades, whether it was on Broadway in the Eugene O’Neill play “Anna Christie,” for which she received a 1993 Tony nomination, or on the TV soap opera “All My Children,” where she played Peggy Moody from 1993 to 1998. The two birds were seen in the area on May. 5. “When we see two of them on our beach here, it’s a pretty big deal, because generally we will see one for a couple of days, and then it will leave,” said Kris Eilers, of the St. She made her off-Broadway debut in 1971 in John Guare’s award-winning play “The House of Blue Leaves.” A quarter-century later, she made her off-Broadway bow as a playwright with her comedy-drama, “After-Play.” Meara was an aspiring 23-year-old actress in 1953 when she responded to a “cattle call” by a New York agent casting for summer stock. After the agent chased her around his office, she burst into the waiting room, crying and out of breath, where she found Stiller, a fellow out-of-work actor then 25. “I took her out for coffee,” Stiller recalled decades later for The Associated Press. “She seemed to sense I had no money, so she just ordered coffee.

In a 2012 interview with the Daily News, her husband — who played George Costanza’s father, Frank, in “Seinfeld” — shared the secret of his long marriage to Meara. “Our marriage has lasted because we have the same feelings of insecurity about being an actor. I picked up her check for 10 cents and thought, ‘This is a girl I’d like to hang out with.'” But this was a mixed marriage — referring to their respective families, Meara said, “Nobody was thrilled when we got married, absolutely nobody.” But they accepted it, she added with perfect comic timing: “Nobody sat shiva.” Despite her theater background, Meara, with her bright eyes and cheeky smile, was a quick study as a comedian when she and Stiller performed in improv groups. We needed stability,” Stiller told The News, adding that stability was more important than sex. “I don’t miss sex, if you want to know the truth,” he confessed. “The sex in my life was always being on stage and performing. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – More boat inspectors are on patrol at Minnesota lakes and rivers to help stop the spread of invasive species, including zebra mussels, and authorities say they will be more aggressive about issuing fines to violators as they try to change boater behavior.

The Star Tribune reported ( ) that counties are also beefing up inspections, thanks to $10 million in state funds. Greg Salo, of the Department of Natural Resources’ enforcement division, said the state’s 148 conservation officers are out issuing tickets over the holiday weekend. KSTP-TV reports there were no injuries in the Saturday evening attack, but six people were arrested on charges ranging from disorderly conduct to assault to terrorist threats. You think, during the Renaissance, people called it ‘The Renaissance’?” The husband-and-wife act was born of desperation shortly after the birth of their first child, Amy, in 1961. They created routines and began touring, as well as landing gigs in New York clubs and coffee houses. “He scared the stuff out of me,” Meara recalled in a 2010 interview. “I wasn’t the only one.

In one routine, which Stiller considered “a breakthrough,” they played two single people (a Jewish lad and Catholic gal) matched by a computer — and discovering what, in those days, were the sort of problematic differences they had surmounted in real life: Then quickly the pair realize they have plenty in common: They live on the same New York City block, and both love to dance. In 2010, the pair reunited on-screen for “Stiller & Meara: A Show About Everything,” a chatty Web series produced by their son and shot in their longtime home on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Their off-the-cuff banter was informed by their lifetime partnership: Mearer: “A person who is very bright, and figured a lot of people want to share the mundane, miserable moments of their lives with other people: ‘I’m your friend, and I just came back from going to the john.

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