Anne Meara, Actress & Ben Stiller's Mother, Dies

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Actress and comedian Anne Meara has died, The Huffington Post reports. She was 85. 

She gained fame with her husband Jerry in the 60s as half of the comedy team Stiller & Meara. The talented and charismatic Meara also appeared in more films and TV shows than we can count, including recurring roles on All My ChildrenSex and the City and The King of Queens.

Meara was nominated for five Emmy Awards over her career, including her supporting role on Archie Bunker's Place, and most recently in 1997 for her guest-starring role on Homocide.

Married to Jerry Stiller (you may remember him as Frank Costanza, George's father on Seinfeld) for 61 years, Meara was mother to actors Ben and Amy Stiller. 

The Stiller family released a statement to The Associated Press on Sunday describing 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.
Our hearts go out to Jerry for the loss of his wife, and Ben and Amy for the loss of their mother.
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And, f you've ever wondered where Ben gets his sense of humor, watch this classic stand up bit from Stiller & Meara, "The Last Two People In The World."

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