Anne Meara: Mom of Ben Stiller, Wife of Jerry Stiller Dies at 85 on Saturday

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Anne Meara, the mother of Ben Stiller and wife of Seinfeld and King of Queens star Jerry Stiller, died Saturday at the age of 85.

Along with husband Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara was half of the comedy duo known as Stiller and Meara. They appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show 36 times over the years, and did nightclubs in big cities all over the U.S., including Las Vegas.

Anne Meara appeared in several films, too, including The Out-of-Towners, Fame, Awakenings, and Reality Bites, which was directed by Ben Stiller. She starred alongside her son in Night at the Museum.

Neither Ben nor Jerry Stiller said much about Anne Meara's death, but issued a statement to the Associated Press on Sunday, saying she had passed away on Saturday.

The statement described Jerry Stiller as Anne Meara's "husband and partner in life," and went on to say, "The two were married for 61 years and worked together almost as long."

"Anne's memory lives on in the hearts of daughter Amy, son Ben, her grandchildren, her extended family and friends, and the millions she entertained as an actress, writer and comedienne," the family statement concluded.

Besides her husband and son, Anne Meara is survived by her daughter, Amy, and several grandchildren.

Kimberly Ripley

Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and ‘Nana’ to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.