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Fast Facts

  • Shared a house in Flatbush with her father and her father's sister after her mother's suicide in 1940.
  • Studied acting under Uta Hagan and at the New School's Dramatic Workshop before beginning her career in summer stock in 1948.
  • Met comedy partner and husband Jerry Stiller in 1953, after both were turned down by the same theatrical agent. They got married 2 months after meeting and stayed married for 61 years.
  • Born Catholic but converted to Judaism after the birth of her daughter Amy.
  • Jerry Stiller had to convince her to move away from dramatic acting in favor of comedy. Their duo Stiller & Meara developed while at Chicago's The Compass Players, a cabaret that preceded The Second City improv troupe.
  • Much of the humor in Stiller & Meara's act came from the difference in their ethnic backgrounds and heights (Meara was taller).
  • Performed with Jerry Stiller on The Ed Sullivan Show 36 times, even though Ed Sullivan terrified her.
  • Appeared in cameos in many of son Ben Stiller's films.
  • After developing stage fright later in life, she became a playwright and garnered positive reviews for her Off-Broadway plays After-Play and Down The Garden Paths.


  • 1981, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Variety or Music Series: Nominee
  • 1977, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1993, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Play): Nominee
  • 1976, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1997, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1982, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Variety or Music Series: Nominee


  • Edward Joseph Meara — Father
  • Jerry Stiller — Husband
  • Mary T. Meara — Mother
  • Amy Stiller — Daughter
  • Ben Stiller — Son

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  • Birth Name: Anne Therese Meara
  • Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Died: May 23, 2015
  • Profession: Actor, Comedian, Voice-overs

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BONES:  When an affluent prep school student is found dead Brennan (Emily Deschanel, R) proves that it was indeed murder, not suicide in the BONES episode "A Boy In A Tree" airing Tuesday, Sept. 20 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  Also pictured:  David Boreanaz (C).  ™©2005 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Sam Urdank/FOX.
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