Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Remembering Anne Meara

One of the greats and a member of Hollywood royalty has died. Emmy and Tony award nominated actress and comedian Anne Meara, the long-time wife and stand-up partner Jerry Stiller and mother of director/actor/producer Ben Stiller was an early pioneer of television stand-up alongside her husband and one of the early creators of the comedy known as improvisation.

Without Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller it is likely there would have been no Second City TV, the Groundlings, the Not Ready For Prime Time Players and every other famed improvisational group of note. She helped lay the foundation for that style of comedy.

Anne also was quite the dramatic actress having starred in HBO’s “Oz,” as well as other TV projects and film. She made her sci-fi/fantasy debut in her son Ben’s film “Night At The Museum” and even starred in the horror feature “Highway To Hell.”

Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller were married for 61 years. She was 85 at her passing.

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