20 Facts About Anne Meara


Anne Meara Stiller was an American comedian and actress.


Anne Meara was featured on stage, on television, and in numerous films and later became a playwright.


Anne Meara was born on September 20,1929, in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of parents of Irish descent, Mary and Edward Joseph Anne Meara, a corporate lawyer for American Standard.


When she was 18, Anne Meara spent a year studying acting at the Dramatic Workshop at The New School and at HB Studio under Uta Hagen in Manhattan.


Anne Meara met actor-comedian Jerry Stiller in 1953, and they married in 1954.


Anne Meara had a recurring role on the sitcom Rhoda as airline stewardess Sally Gallagher, one of the title character's best friends.


Anne Meara was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 1976; however, the show was canceled after ten episodes.

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Also, in the 1970s, Anne Meara provided narration for segments of the educational television series Sesame Street consisting of scenes from silent films.


Anne Meara costarred with Carroll O'Connor and Martin Balsam in the early 1980s hit sitcom Archie Bunker's Place, which was a continuation of the influential 1970s sitcom All in the Family.


Anne Meara played the role of Veronica Rooney, the bar's cook, for the show's first three seasons.


Anne Meara appeared as the grandmother in the TV series ALF in the late 1980s.


The Stiller and Anne Meara Show, her own 1986 TV sitcom, in which Stiller played the deputy mayor of New York City and Anne Meara portrayed his wife, a television commercial actress, was unsuccessful.


From 1999 to 2007, Anne Meara guest starred in The King of Queens, first as Mary Finnegan, then as Veronica Olchin.


Anne Meara accepted a role in the off-Broadway play Love, Loss, and What I Wore with Conchata Ferrell, AnnaLynne McCord, Minka Kelly, and B Smith.


Anne Meara taught a technique and scene study class at HB Studio until her death.


In 1995, Anne Meara wrote the comedy After-Play, which became an off-Broadway production.


Anne Meara converted to Judaism six years after marrying Stiller.


Anne Meara insisted that she did not convert at Stiller's request, explaining, "Catholicism was dead to me".


Anne Meara took her conversion seriously and studied the Jewish faith in such depth that her Jewish-born husband quipped, "Being married to Anne has made me more Jewish".


Anne Meara died on May 23,2015, at her home in Manhattan at the age of 85, having suffered multiple strokes.