Anne Meara
American actress, comedienne
Anne Meara
Anne Meara is an American actress and comedian. She and Jerry Stiller were a prominent 1960s comedy team, appearing as Stiller and Meara, and are the parents of actor/comedian Ben and actress Amy Stiller.
Biography
Anne Meara's personal information overview.
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2015 Year in Review: Notable Deaths
Wall Street Journal - about 1 year
Former Gov. Mario Cuomo, actress Anne Meara, football great Frank Gifford and Victor Gotbaum, who helped save New York City from bankruptcy in the 1970s, were some of the well-known New Yorkers who died in 2015.
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ArtsBeat: Tough, Ribald Anne Meara Is Recalled at Tribute
NYTimes - over 1 year
Family members Jerry, Amy and Ben Stiller recall Anne Meara, who died in May.
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ArtsBeat: Tough, Ribald Anne Meara Is Recalled at Tribute
NYTimes - over 1 year
Family members Jerry, Amy and Ben Stiller recall Anne Meara, who died in May.
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'Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley' review
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Look at any YouTube clip of her working shows like "The Ed Sullivan Show" and "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour," and for a white audience, she may seem like an odd throwback to the way African Americans used to be portrayed in Hollywood films. Taking the name Jackie Mabley, she became a megastar on vaudeville's "chitlin circuit" and in 1939 became the first female comic to play Harlem's Apollo Theater. In spite of her immense popularity with African American audiences, she was barely known to the general public until she played Carnegie Hall in 1962 and began appearing on TV variety shows. What audiences saw was a woman dressed in a baggy print house dress, with a shapeless hat on her head, a pronounced shuffle and no teeth. Interviews with Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers, Sidney Poitier, Kathy Griffin, Harry Belafonte, Anne Meara, Bill Cosby and others provide ample evidence of Moms' enduring influence.
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Liz Smith: Barbara Walters on the Mend in Manhattan
Huffington Post - about 4 years
"Mr. Sinatra... I am an Italian!" said the comedienne Kaye Ballard, currying favor way back when. "And I'm an American," harrumphed Sinatra right back. (Funny, the things that turn up in old files.) OUR friend Cindy Adams of the Post settled it once and for all about the popular Barbara Walters. She is back in New York at home recovering from chicken pox with her pet people, Ikadel and George,  watching over her. But Barbara sounds just great according to her pal Suzanne Goodson and she is so glad to be home among her "things." Hoping to see her soon and sending "get well quick" love. A special pet goes to Cha Çha, her ever faithful dog. Theater's national treasure, the musical comedy star and very good actress Elaine Stritch and I celebrated our Groundhog birthdays the other night at Swifty's emporium. Our combined ages were so horrific that Robert picked up the check and brought us a blazing birthday cake. Miss Stritch says she will do a one-week show in the Bob ...
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Patricia Arquette Heading To 'SVU'
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Patricia Arquette is returning to TV with a guest role on "Law & Order: SVU." According to NBC, the "Medium" star will guest alongside Anne Meara. The two will play mother and daughter in "Dreams Deferred," an episode airing later in November. In the episode, a man goes on a killing spree across New York City and the last person he calls is Jeannie (Arquette), a prostitute he sees on a weekly basis. Jeannie goes missing and it's up to the SVU detectives to convince other officers that Jeannie should be saved. Meara will play Irene, Jeannie's mother. Jason Gedrick and PJ Brown also guest star. In other casting news ... Pedro Pascal has joined the "Graceland" cast. The "Good Wife" actor has landed a multi-episode arc as an FBI agent on the USA drama. [THR] Gillian Vigman is en route to "Cougar Town." The "Suburgatory" actress is headed to the TBS comedy as Bobby's (Brian Van Holt) new love interest. [TVLine] "Phys Ed" has added two new cast members." Samm ...
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"Another Harvest Moon" showing Friday in Bethel
Stamford Advocate - almost 5 years
"Another Harvest Moon" showing Friday in Bethel "Another Harvest Moon" is a drama about four elderly Americans coping with life in a nursing home. The film, directed by Greg Swartz and written by Jeremy T. Black, will be screened as part of the Connecticut Film Festival at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Bethel Cinema. The characters, Frank (Ernest Borgnine), Ella (Anne Meara), Alice (Doris Roberts) and June (Piper Laurie) gather each morning for a game of cards. The film was shot over a four-week period in 2008 near Harrisburg, Pa., at closed state mental hospital, said Robert Black, one of the producers. Can you tell me about the plot and why you got involved in the film? Did any of the actors do research or something else to prepare for their role? Piper Laurie plays someone who has a form of dementia so she actually went and visited someone with the condition that her character has.
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Težko je biti smešen: nagrada za Bena Stillerja - RTV Slovenija
Google News - over 5 years
Petinštiridesetletni Stiller - sin legendarnih komikov Jerryja Stillerja in Anne Meara - se je pri občinstvu in kritikih uveljavil ne le kot igralec, ampak tudi kot pisatelj, režiser (spomnimo se samo Tropske nevihte) in producent
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Βραβείο BAFTA στον Ben Stiller - Nooz.gr
Google News - over 5 years
Ο 46χρονος ηθοποιός θα παραλάβει το βραβείο του στην τελετή απονομής των βραβείων Britannia, που θα πραγματοποιηθεί στις 30 Νοεμβρίου. Ο Ben Stiller, γιος του κωμικού διδύμου της δεκαετίας του '60 Jerry Stiller και Anne Meara, ασχολήθηκε από πολύ
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Ed Sullivan Comedy Special airing on witf TV - witf.org
Google News - over 5 years
The retrospective also features remembrances by Joan Rivers, Carol Burnett, Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, Ray Romano, Rich Little, Jackie Mason, Arsenio Hall, John Byner, Kathy Griffin, Carl Reiner and Richard Lewis. George Carlin performed on "The Ed
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PHOTO CALL: Marylouise Burke and Ann Harada Step Into Love, Loss, and What I ... - Playbill.com
Google News - over 5 years
Upcoming cast members will include Love, Loss alumnae Anne Meara ("Sex and the City") and Ashley Austin Morris ("The Electric Company"), who will appear Sept. 7-Oct. 2. Karen Carpenter directs Nora and Delia Ephron's production based on Ilene
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Love, Loss, and What I Wore welcomes new cast - New York Theatre Guide
Google News - over 5 years
From the 7 Sep the cast will feature Anne Meara (“Sex and the City”), Ashley Austin Morris (“The Electric Company”) and Zuzanna Szadkowski (“Gossip Girl”) - with two more to be announced. From the 5 Oct the cast will feature La La Anthony (MTV's “TRL”)
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Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, et al. Set for Ed Sullivan Show Tribute on PBS, 8/6 - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
... this captivating retrospective features poignant new remembrances from some of the brightest stars in comedy, including Ed Sullivan veterans Joan Rivers, Carol Burnett, Jackie Mason, Rich Little, Carl Reiner, Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara - as well
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Love, Loss... to Welcome Emmanuelle Chriqui, Roslyn Ruff and Zuzanna Szadkowski - Playbill.com
Google News - over 5 years
7 (through Oct. 2), joining fellow Love, Loss alumnae Anne Meara ("Sex and the City") and Ashley Austin Morris ("The Electric Company"). Karen Carpenter directs Nora and Delia Ephron's production based on Ilene Beckerman's book of the same name that
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How Did Your Parents Meet? - The Frisky (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
[Ed Note: FYI, the photo at left is of Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, not Julie's parents. But close enough!] “My parents met at summer camp when they were 16 and 17 respectively. My mom had another boyfriend back home but she had her eye on my dad,
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16th Nantucket Film Festival Breaks Records - Blast
Google News - over 5 years
... Ben Stiller and Jerry Seinfeld, and a Screenwriting Tribute to Academy Award winner Paul Haggis. Other events such as Late Night Storytelling with co-hosts Mike O'Malley and Anne Meara and In Their Shoes panels with Paul Haggis were also well attended
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'To Be Heard,' 'Being Elmo,' and 'Thief' Take the Nantucket Film Festival - Indie Wire (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
... Late Night Storytelling with co-hosts Mike O'Malley and Anne Meara; In Their Shoes panels with Paul Haggis, moderated by MSNBC's Chris Matthews, and Vera Farmiga, moderated by TIME Magazine Senior Writer Richard Corliss; and the return of the Teen
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Anne Meara
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 85
    Meara died on May 23, 2015, at her home in Manhattan, at the age of 85.
    More Details Hide Details No exact cause was provided but some sources cite "natural causes." She is survived by her husband, two children, and two grandchildren.
  • 2009
    Age 79
    In 2009, Meara wrote her personal life reflections in a New York-focused online blog, Mr. Beller's Neighborhood -- New York City Stories.
    More Details Hide Details In it, Meara recalled her mother's death and her childhood experiences at Catholic boarding school. Meara was raised a Roman Catholic. She converted to Reform Judaism six years after marrying Stiller. She insisted that she did not convert at Stiller's request, explaining, "Catholicism was dead to me." She took her conversion seriously and studied the Jewish faith in such depth that her Jewish-born husband quipped, "Being married to Anne has made me more Jewish." They discussed how they met and their early career during a guest appearance on the TV game show, What's My Line? in 1968. Together, Meara and her husband had two children, Amy (born 1961) and Ben (born 1965).
  • 2007
    Age 77
    She was the consulting director of J.A.P. – The Jewish American Princesses of Comedy, a 2007 Off-Broadway production that featured live stand-up routines by four female Jewish comics juxtaposed with the stories of legendary performers from the 1950s and 1960s: Totie Fields, Jean Carroll, Pearl Williams, Betty Walker and Belle Barth.
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  • 2004
    Age 74
    During 2004–05 season series run, she appeared in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
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  • 1995
    Age 65
    In 1995, Meara branched out to writing with the comedy, After-Play, which became an Off-Broadway production.
    More Details Hide Details In her later years she portrayed recurring roles on the television shows Sex and the City (as Mary Brady) and The King of Queens (as Veronica Olchin).
  • FIFTIES
  • 1986
    Age 56
    Her own 1986 TV sitcom, The Stiller and Meara Show, in which Stiller played the deputy mayor of New York City and Meara portrayed his wife, a television commercial actress, was unsuccessful.
    More Details Hide Details Starting in October 2010, Meara and her husband Jerry Stiller began starring in a Yahoo! web series called Stiller & Meara produced by Red Hour Digital, a production company owned by their son Ben Stiller. She accepted a role in the Off-Broadway play Love, Loss, and What I Wore for an April 27 through May 29, 2011, run with Conchata Ferrell, AnnaLynne McCord, Minka Kelly and B. Smith. She continued actively developing the next generation as demonstrated by teaching a technique and scene study class at HB Studio up until her death.
  • FORTIES
  • 1975
    Age 45
    In 1975 she starred in her own series Kate McShane on CBS, for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award, but the series was cancelled after only 10 episodes.
    More Details Hide Details Meara costarred with Carroll O'Connor and Martin Balsam in the early 1980s hit sitcom Archie Bunker's Place, which was a continuation of the influential 1970s sitcom All in the Family. She played the role of Veronica Rooney, the bar's cook, for the show's first three seasons (1979–1982). During that time, she acted in the movie Fame (1980), in which she played English teacher Elizabeth Sherwood. She also appeared as the grandmother in the TV series ALF in the late 1980s.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1963
    Age 33
    They released their first LP in 1963, "Presenting America’s New Comedy Sensation: Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara Live at The Hungry I," which became a hit. By 1970, however, they broke up their act because it was affecting their marriage: "I didn't know where the act ended and our marriage began," complained Meara in 1977.
    More Details Hide Details Stiller agreed, fearing "I would have lost her as a wife." During the 1970s, Meara and Stiller wrote and performed many radio commercials together for Blue Nun Wine. She had a recurring role on the sitcom Rhoda as airline stewardess Sally Gallagher, one of the title character's best friends. She also had a small role as "Mrs Curry" opposite Laurence Olivier in The Boys from Brazil (1978).
  • 1961
    Age 31
    After Nichols and May broke up as a team in 1961, Stiller and Meara were the number one couple comedy team by the late 1960s.
    More Details Hide Details And as Mike Nichols and Elaine May were not married, Stiller and Meara became the most famous married couple comedy team since Burns and Allen. After some years honing the act, Stiller and Meara became regulars on The Ed Sullivan Show, with 36 appearances, and other TV programs, including The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1953
    Age 23
    Meara met actor-comedian Jerry Stiller in 1953 and they married the following year.
    More Details Hide Details Until he suggested it, she had never thought of doing comedy. "Jerry started us being a comedy team," she said. "He always thought I would be a great comedy partner." They joined the improvisational company The Compass Players (which later became The Second City), and after leaving, formed the comedy team of Stiller and Meara. In 1961 they were performing in nightclubs in New York, and by the following year were considered a "national phenomenon," said the New York Times. Their often-improvised comedy routines brought many of their real-life relationship foibles to live audiences. Their skits focused on domestic themes, as did Nichols and May, another comedy team during that period. "They were Nichols and May without the acid and with warmth," notes author Lawrence Epstein. They also added a new twist to their comedy act, he adds, by sometimes playing up the fact that Stiller was Jewish and Meara was Catholic.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1948
    Age 18
    The following year, 1948, she began her career as an actress in summer stock.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1929
    Born
    Born on September 20, 1929.
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