Monday, May 25, 2015

Anne Meara Passes Away

Anne Meara, mother of Ben Stiller, passed away on May 25, 2015.
Ben Stiller and Anne Meara (Life and Style magazine)
There are a lot of headlines posted in the last few days that the mother of Ben Still, Anne Meara, passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2015. She was 85. While this news is true, the headlines really should have read that Anne Meara, mother of Bill Stiller has passed away. What's the difference? Ben wouldn't be the comedian he is if it wasn't for his mother and father, Jerry Stiller.

Long before Ben or his sister, Amy, was born, Jerry and Anne were married in 1954 and worked together in comedy acts on stage, TV and movies ever since, known as Stiller and Meara and they were brilliant together. Here is a clip of the pair working with Carol Burnett and Harvey Korman for The Carol Burnett Show

Meara appeared in a number of her son's movies including Heavyweights (1995), Zoolander (2001), and Night at the Museum (2006). Her last acting role was for the short film, Simpler Times, that she did with her husband in 2014. She and Jerry also voiced two characters in Disney's Planes: Fire & Rescue, also in 2014.

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