Watch Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller in This Vintage Ed Sulllivan Clip

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Anne Meara, Actress and Ben Stiller’s Mother, Dies at 85.

Actors Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara,Ben Stiller and 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 December 17, 2006 in New York City. 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 at age 85. Born in Brooklyn on 20 September, 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. The couple starred together as Stiller and Meara on The Ed Sullivan Show five decades ago and took home several awards for the TV and radio commercials they recorded together.

The statement issued to the Associated Press described Jerry Stiller as Meara’s “husband and partner in life.” “The two were married for 61 years and worked together almost as long,” the statement said. 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.

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. Their act often played off on their differences, and they created the “uber-Jewish guy” Hershey Horowitz and “uber-Irish girl” Mary Elizabeth Doyle, which they later described as caricatures of themselves, notes CNN. Meara and Stiller also took the time to pursue purely commercial endeavors and they “made a handsome living endorsing everything from banks to disposable lighters to moving companies—and wine,” notes the Hollywood Reporter. The pair broke up their act in 1970, saying it was a necessary step if they hoped to save their marriage. “I love Anne, but if I had depended on her in my professional life, I would have lost her as a wife. 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.

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. 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.

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