Ben Stiller's Mother Anne Meara Passes Away At 85, But The Comedian & Actress Will Be Remembered

BEL AIR, CA- NOVEMBER 11: (l-r) Ben Stiller and mother Anne Meara pose for a photo at the Yves Saint Laurent Grand classics Screening of 'Sweet Smell of Sucess' hosted by Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor at the Playboy Mansion on November 11, 2004 in Bel Air, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Actress and comedian Anne Meara passed away at the age of 85 on Saturday. The sad news was announced on Sunday afternoon in a statement given to the Associated Press, although no further details were provided. Not only is she known for her own acting roles, but Meara gave birth to another famous actor: Ben Stiller. She even appeared in a few of her son's movies, including Heavy WeightsZoolander, and Night At The Museum.

Meara is survived by her husband, actor Jerry Stiller. The two were married for 61 years. Early in their careers, the couple was an improv comedy team called "Stiller and Meara" and became regulars on The Ed Sullivan Show in the 1960s. The AP statement described Stiller as her "husband and life partner." Their daughter Amy Stiller is an actress as well.

Throughout her prolific career, Meara had wide array of roles in television and film. She received an Emmy nomination for the short-lived CBS series Kate McShane. A few of her more recognizable characters include recurring roles on The King of Queens and All My Children. She also played Steve's mother, Mary Brady, on Sex And The City. Other appearances include Law & Order: Special Victims UnitThe Love Boat, and ALF... The list goes on and on.

Meara will surely be missed but undoubtably remembered. 

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