Anne Meara gained fame in the 1960’s alongside husband Jerry Stiller as one-half of the much-loved comedy duo, Stiller and Meara, winning over the hearts of Americans nationwide as the prominent appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
Meara went on to have her own Emmy-nominated but short-lived television show, Kate McShane, in 1975 before appearing in numerous films and TV sitcoms, including Fame, Archie Bunker’s Place, ALF, Sex and the City, and The King of Queens.
While acting in the Off-Broadway production Love, Loss, and What I Wore, Anne Meara engaged in another of her many passions and lasting legacies of teaching and developing young actors. In the 90’s and beyond, Meara continued writing comedy and served as consulting director on the 2007 Off-Broadway production, The Jewish-American Princesses of Comedy.
Since her passing, media outlets and celebrities around the globe have paid tribute to Meara, praising her pioneering work in comedy and her willingness to give back to and teach young actors and actresses.
Today, Meara’s son, actor/producer/director/writer Ben Stiller, currently away in Europe filming Zoolander 2, took to Instagram to pay tribute to his mother, posting a black-and-white photo of his mother with a simple and touching caption of: “My mom Anne. She was an extraordinary person. Miss her.”
PCM extends our condolences to the Stiller family.