Short Info

Date Of BirthSeptember 20, 1929
DiedMay 23, 2015, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
SpouseJerry Stiller
FactHad a recurring role as "Veronica Olchin" on The King of Queens (1998), which also starred her husband Jerry Stiller as "Arthur Spooner", with whom Veronica had a love interest.

Anne Meara (September 20, 1929 – May 23, 2015) was an American actress and comedian. She was the wife of actor and comedian Jerry Stiller and the mother of actor Ben Stiller.

Meara was born in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Mary (née Dempsey) and Edward Joseph Meara, both first-generation Irish Americans. She was raised Catholic. Her mother was a homemaker, and her father was an insurance salesman. She had four brothers: Richard, Robert, Edward and Gerald.

Meara was educated at Catholic schools, including the all-girls Sacred Heart Academy in Brooklyn. She graduated from high school in 1947. She attended Hunter College for one semester before dropping out to pursue a career in acting.

Meara began her career as an actress in the 1950s. She appeared in episodes of the television series Studio One (1955) and The Philco Television Playhouse (1955). She made her film debut in The Private Lives of Adam and Eve (1959).

Meara met her future husband, Jerry Stiller, while both were auditioning for an Off-Broadway play called The Third Best Sport. They married in 1954 and became a comedy team. They worked together on The Ed Sullivan Show (1961), The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1964), and The Mike Douglas Show (1966). They also appeared in films such as The Out-of-Towners (1970), The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974), and Hairspray (1988).

Meara and Stiller co-wrote two books: Married to Laughter: A Love Story Featuring Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller (2000) and Stiller & Meara: From Brooklyn to Hollywood (2005).

Meara was nominated for an Emmy Award for her work on the television series Rhoda (1974–1978). She also received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in the play Anna Christie (1993).

Meara’s final film appearance was in the film Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014), in which she played Rosie, the wife of Larry Daley (played by her son, Ben Stiller).

Meara died on May 23, 2015, at the age of 85. Her cause of death was not immediately known.

General Info

Full NameAnne Meara
Date Of BirthSeptember 20, 1929
DiedMay 23, 2015, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
ProfessionScreenwriter, Television producer, Comedian, Actor, Teacher


SpouseJerry Stiller
ChildrenBen Stiller, Amy Stiller
ParentsEdward Joseph Meara, Mary Dempsey


AwardsOuter Critics Circle Award for John Gassner Playwriting Award, Writers Guild of America Award for Best Comedy Anthology - Original or Adapted
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play, Golden Globe Award for Best Supportin...
MoviesNight at the Museum, Reality Bites, Awakenings, Lovers and Other Strangers, Heavyweights, The Daytrippers, Like Mike, The Out-of-Towners, Planes: Fire & Rescue, The Boys from Brazil, Fame, Southie, A Fish in the Bathtub, Kiss of Death, Judy Berlin, Chump Change, Another Harvest Moon, What Makes a Fa...
TV ShowsALF, Archie Bunker's Place, Kate McShane, The Corner Bar, The Paul Lynde Show, The Greatest Gift

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1She studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.
2Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller were awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television at 7018 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
3Had a recurring role as "Veronica Olchin" on The King of Queens (1998), which also starred her husband Jerry Stiller as "Arthur Spooner", with whom Veronica had a love interest.
4Was named as "Queen of Brooklyn" at the Welcome Back to Brooklyn Festival in 2000. Her husband, Jerry Stiller, was named "King of Brooklyn" at the same festival.
5Born and raised an Irish Catholic, she converted to Judaism after marrying Jerry Stiller
6Although Anne converted to Judaism upon their marriage, the main source of Stiller & Meara's material was the differences in their ethnic backgrounds, epitomized by their famous "Hershey Horowitz/Mary Elizabeth Doyle" routines.
7Won an Obie for the 1955 off-Broadway production "Mädchen in Uniform."
8She and husband Jerry Stiller appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) (aka The Ed Sullivan Show) as Stiller & Meara every two months for a total of 36 times.
9Mother-in-law of actress Christine Taylor (wife of son Ben Stiller).
10Was of Irish descent.
11Wrote and starred in the hit off-Broadway play "Afterplay" (1995), which also starred, at various times, Jerry Stiller, Rita Moreno, Rue McClanahan and Barbara Barrie.
12Earned a 1993 Tony nomination as Best Actress (Featured Role - Play) for a revival of Eugene O'Neill's "Anna Christie."
13Grandmother of Ella Olivia Stiller and Quinlin Dempsey Stiller (daughter and son of Ben Stiller and wife Christine Taylor).
14Mother of actress Amy Stiller.
15Mother of actor Ben Stiller.




Planes: Fire & Rescue2014Winnie (voice)
Simpler Times2014/IShortGloria
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2004-2012TV SeriesIrene Kerns / Ida Becker
Rip City2011TV MovieMyrt
Another Harvest Moon2010Ella
Gravity2010TV SeriesMrs. Talbot
Mercy2009TV SeriesEstelle Thalberg
The Queen of Greenwich Village2009ShortViolet Arlotta
When the Evening Comes2009Marion Corrado
Wonder Pets!2009TV SeriesGranny Jenny / Linny's Grandmother
The Shallow End of the Ocean2007ShortEllen (voice)
The King of Queens1999-2007TV SeriesVeronica Olchin / Veronica / Mary Finnegan
Night at the Museum2006Debbie
Four Kings2006TV SeriesRuth
Sex and the City2002-2004TV SeriesMary Brady
Crooked Lines2003Hard Boiled
Charlie Lawrence2003TV SeriesCharlie's Mother
Good Morning, Miami2003TV SeriesClaire's Friend
The Yard Sale2002ShortHank
Like Mike2002Sister Theresa
Oz1999-2002TV SeriesAunt Brenda O'Reily
Get Well Soon2001Linda
Will & Grace2001TV SeriesMrs. Friedman
Zoolander2001Protestor (uncredited)
Ed2001TV SeriesBarbara Gennacarro
What Makes a Family2001TV MovieEvelyn Cataldi
Chump Change2000Casting Director
The Independent2000Rita
Brooklyn Thrill Killers1999ShortMrs. Perrett
The Diary of the Hurdy-Gurdy Man1999
A Fish in the Bathtub1999Molly
Judy Berlin1999Bea
The Thin Pink Line1998Mrs. Langstrom
Southie1998Mrs. Quinn
All My Children1993-1998TV SeriesPeggy Moody
Jitters1997TV MovieLouise Domino
Homicide: Life on the Street1996TV SeriesDonna DiGrazi
The Daytrippers1996Rita Malone
Kiss of Death1995Bev's Mother
Heavy Weights1995Alice Bushkin
Murphy Brown1994TV SeriesReena Bernecky
The Search for One-eye Jimmy1994Holly Hoyt
Great Performances1994TV Series
Good Advice1994TV Series
In the Heat of the Night1994TV SeriesRoda
Reality Bites1994Louise
Murder, She Wrote1988-1993TV SeriesMae Shaughnessy / Winnie Tupper Banner
CBS Schoolbreak Special1987-1993TV SeriesPatricia Lennon / Mrs. Salters
Through an Open Window1992ShortMadeline Jason
Sesame Street1978-1991TV SeriesSilent 'Help' Film Narrator
Highway to Hell1991Medea, Waitress in Pluto's
American Playhouse1991TV SeriesBernice Shapiro (segment "The Detective")
The General Motors Playwrights Theater1991TV SeriesRose Finkler
Monsters1990TV SeriesGreta
ALF1987-1989TV SeriesDorothy Halligan
That's Adequate1989Charlene Lane
Saturday Night Live1987TV SeriesBartender
The Hustler of Money1987TV ShortBarmaid
My Little Girl1986Mrs. Shopper
The Stiller & Meara Show1986TV MovieAnne Bender
The Perils of P.K.1986
The Longshot1986Madge
The Love Boat1979-1983TV SeriesMinnie Dunlop / Rose Vitelli / Margaret Hanrahan
The Other Woman1983TV MoviePeg Gilford
Archie Bunker's Place1979-1982TV SeriesVeronica Rooney
Fame1980Mrs. Sherwood
Time Express1979TV SeriesGloria Chernoff
The Boys from Brazil1978Mrs. Curry
'Twas the Night Before Christmas1977TV Movie
Nasty Habits1977Sister Geraldine
Rhoda1976-1977TV SeriesSally Gallagher
Kate McShane1975TV SeriesKate McShane
The New Temperatures Rising Show1974TV SeriesHarriet
Medical Center1974TV SeriesRose Miller
Love, American Style1971-1973TV SeriesJanet Ferguson (segment "Love and the Clinical Problem") / Martha (segment "Love and the Conjugal Visit")
The Corner Bar1972-1973TV SeriesMae / Jennifer Bradley
The Paul Lynde Show1972-1973TV SeriesGrace Dickerson
The Courtship of Eddie's Father1971-1972TV SeriesAnnie Dempsey / Bunny Sterling
The ABC Comedy Hour1972TV Series
Irish Whiskey Rebellion1972Goldie Fain-Follies Star
Dames at Sea1971TV MovieJoan
Lovers and Other Strangers1970Wilma
The Out of Towners1970Woman in Police Station
Linus! The Lion Hearted1964-1965TV Series
Ninotchka1960TV MovieAnna
The DuPont Show of the Month1959TV Series
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse1954TV SeriesBetty Blake
The Greatest Gift1954TV SeriesHarriet


Stiller & Meara2010-2011TV Series executive producer - 26 episodes


After Play1999TV Movie
ALF1989TV Series written by - 1 episode
The Stiller & Meara Show1986TV Movie pilot
The Other Woman1983TV Movie


Dames at Sea1971TV Movie performer: "Good Times Are Here to Stay", "Let's Have a Simple Wedding"


I Am Divine2013Documentary thanks


Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin' to Tell You2013DocumentaryHerself
Nantucket Film Festival's Comedy Roundtable2012TV MovieHerself (uncredited)
The 2012 Annual Actors Fund Gala Awards2012TV SpecialHerself - Honoree
Stiller & Meara2010-2011TV SeriesHerself
Theater Talk2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Let It Begin! A Filmmaker's Journey2010Documentary short
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2010TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart2010TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Live from the NYPL: A Tribute to George Carlin2010VideoHerself
Head Case2009TV SeriesHerself
Legends: Rodney Dangerfield2006TV MovieHerself
#1 Single2006TV SeriesHerself
Distinguished Artists2005TV SeriesHerself
Sex and the City: A Farewell2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
Funny Already: A History of Jewish Comedy2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 58th Annual Tony Awards2004TV SpecialHerself - Presenter 'Big River'
Larry King Live2004TV SeriesHerself - Guest
I Love the '70s2003TV Series documentaryHerself
Ruby Wax with...2003TV Series documentaryHerself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Robert De Niro2003TV MovieHerself
Hollywood Squares2002-2003TV SeriesHerself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Passions: America's Greatest Love Stories2002TV Special documentaryHerself
Keeping It Real: The Adventures of Greg Walloch2001DocumentaryRestaurant Patron 1
Biography2001TV Series documentaryHerself
Ben Stiller Uncensored2001TV Movie documentaryHerself
Amy Stiller's Breast2000ShortHerself
Comedy Central Presents: The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Rob Reiner2000TV MovieHerself
Comedy Central Presents: The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Jerry Stiller1999TV MovieHerself
The 1998 Annual Muse Awards1998TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The 49th Annual Creative Arts Emmy Awards1997TV SpecialHerself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1997TV SeriesHerself
So You Want to Be an Actor1993Herself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1993TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 47th Annual Tony Awards1993TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Featured Actress in a Play
Super Password1988TV SeriesHerself
The New Hollywood Squares1988TV SeriesHerself
The 13th Annual People's Choice Awards1987TV Special
In Our Hands1984DocumentaryHerself
Breakaway1983TV SeriesHerself
CBS Early Morning News1983TV SeriesHerself
The 33rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1981TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Variety or Music Series
This Is Your Life: 30th Anniversary Special1981TV Movie documentaryHerself
On Location with: FAME1980Documentary shortHerself (uncredited)
Password Plus1980TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Contestant
The Hollywood Squares1977-1979TV SeriesHerself
Super Night at the Super Bowl1978TV MovieThemselves
The Mike Douglas Show1967-1978TV SeriesHerself / Guest / Herself - Co-Host
Good Old Days1977TV MovieHerself
Good Morning America1977TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Sonny and Cher Show1977TV SeriesHerself
Shoot for the Stars1977TV SeriesHerself
The Diahann Carroll Show1976TV SeriesHerself
Rhyme and Reason1976TV SeriesHerself
Celebration: The American Spirit1976TV MovieHerself
Caught in the Act1976TV MovieHerself
Tony Orlando and Dawn1975TV SeriesHerself
Celebrity Sweepstakes1974-1975TV SeriesHerself
Blankety Blanks1975TV SeriesHerself
The (New) $25,000 Pyramid1974-1975TV SeriesHerself
The $25,000 Pyramid1974TV SeriesHerself
Tattletales1974TV SeriesHerself
Match Game 731974TV SeriesHerself - Guest Panelist
Flip1972-1973TV SeriesHerself
The Who, What or Where Game1973TV SeriesHerself
Jeopardy!1973TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1969-1973TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
Alan King Looks Back in Anger: A Review of 19721973TV MovieHerself - Comedian
Don Rickles: Alive and Kicking1972TV MovieHerself
The Carol Burnett Show1972TV SeriesHerself
The Galloping Gourmet1972TV SeriesHerself
The David Frost Show1969-1972TV SeriesHerself
The Kraft Music Hall1968-1971TV SeriesHerself
The Ed Sullivan Show1963-1971TV SeriesComedian / Herself - Comedian / Herself - Comedienne / ...
He Said, She Said1970TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
The Engelbert Humperdinck Show1970TV SeriesHerself
The Merv Griffin Show1962-1970TV SeriesHerself
That's Life1969TV SeriesHerself
The Skitch Henderson Show1968TV SeriesHerself
The Summer Brothers Smothers Show1968TV SeriesHerself
Today1967TV SeriesHerself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1966TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Danny Kaye Show1964TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

ALF1987TV SeriesDorothy Halligan


Won Awards

2012MINYMade in NY AwardsLifetime Achievement Award
2007Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevision
1984WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USAOriginal/Adapted Comedy AnthologyThe Other Woman (1983)

Nominated Awards

2016Festival AwardGolden Door International Film Festival of Jersey CityBest Actress in a ShortSimpler Times (2014)
1997Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesHomicide: Life on the Street (1993)
1982Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Variety or Music SeriesArchie Bunker's Place (1979)
1981Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Variety or Music SeriesArchie Bunker's Place (1979)
1977Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Supporting Actress - TelevisionRhoda (1974)
1976Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesKate McShane (1975)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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