Anne Meara

Lowest Rated: 29% Heavyweights (1995)
Birthday: Sep 20, 1929
Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
Anne Meara started out and ended up a distinguished dramatic actress--and in between, scored high marks as a comedienne, playwright and screenwriter. Launching her career in summer stock in 1950, Meara won an Obie Award for her intensely dramatic performance in the 1955 off-Broadway production Maedchen in Uniform; during this period, she was also a semi-regular on the NBC TV daytime soaper The Greatest Gift. Auditioning for an opera in 1954, she met another struggling actor, Jerry Stiller; they were married the following year. Forming the comedy team of Stiller & Meara, The team skyrocketed to stardom via their many appearances on such 1960s variety series as The Ed Sullivan Show and The Steve Allen Show. One of their richest sources of material was the difference in their ethnic backgrounds, especially in their famous "Hershey Horowitz/Mary Elizabeth Doyle" routines (an Irish Catholic, Meara converted to Judaism upon her marriage to Stiller). They also appeared together on Broadway, in the supporting cast of the 1971 sitcom The Paul Lynde Show, and in an obscure 1975 syndicated TV comedy "filler" series Take Five With Stiller and Meara. On her own, Meara has provided comic and noncomic support to several films, including Lovers and Other Strangers (1970), The Out-of-Towners (1970) and Fame (1980). She starred in the 1975 TV lawyer series Kate McShane, and co-starred as tavern owner Mae on The Corner Bar (1973), divorced airline stewardess Sally Gallagher on the 1976-77 season of Rhoda, acid-tongued cook Veronica Rooney on Archie Bunker's Place (1979-83), and mother-in-law Dorothy Halligan on Alf (1987). In 1983, Meara won the Writers Guild "outstanding achievement" award for her script for the made-for-TV feature Another Woman, and ten years later was nominated for a Tony Award for her portrayal of Marthy in the Broadway revival of Eugene O'Neill's Anna Christie. Anne Meara is the mother of comic actor Ben Stiller and worked with her son in his directorial feature debut, Reality Bites (1994), Zoolander (2001) and Night at the Museum (2006). She recurred on Sex and the City, playing Miranda's mother-in-law, Mary, and later reprised the role in the feature film. Meara died in 2015, at age 85.


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No Score Yet Marsha Hunt's Sweet Adversity Actor 2018
43% Planes: Fire And Rescue Winnie $42.7M 2014
No Score Yet Another Harvest Moon Ella 2011
43% Night at the Museum Debbie $249.4M 2006
44% Fired! Actor 2006
40% F**k the Disabled Actor 2002
57% Like Mike Sister Theresa $51.4M 2002
60% The Independent Rita 2001
64% Zoolander Heckler $44.8M 2001
No Score Yet What Makes a Family Evelyn Cataldi 2001
No Score Yet Chump Change Casting Director 2000
77% Judy Berlin Bea 1999
No Score Yet A Fish in the Bathtub Molly 1999
38% Southie Mrs. Quinn 1998
75% The Daytrippers Rita Malone 1997
No Score Yet Crooked Lines Actor 1997
No Score Yet Search for One-Eye Jimmy Actor 1996
68% Kiss of Death Bev's Mother 1995
29% Heavyweights Alice Bushkin 1995
No Score Yet The Search for One-Eyed Jimmy Holly Hoyt 1994
66% Reality Bites Louise 1993
No Score Yet Highway to Hell Medea 1991
88% Awakenings Miriam 1990
No Score Yet That's Adequate Charlene Lane 1989
No Score Yet My Little Girl Mrs. Chopper 1987
No Score Yet The Longshot Madge 1986
No Score Yet In Our Hands Actor 1984
83% Fame Mrs. Sherwood 1980
72% The Boys from Brazil Mrs. Curry 1978
No Score Yet Nasty Habits Geraldine 1977
100% Lovers and Other Strangers Wilma 1971
60% The Out-of-Towners Woman In Police Station 1970
40% For Love of Ivy Actor 1968
No Score Yet When The Evening Comes Actor


No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Mrs. Ida Becker
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45% Gravity
  • 2010
27% Mercy
Estelle Thalberg
  • 2009
No Score Yet The King of Queens
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71% Sex and the City
Mary Brady
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95% Futurama
  • 2003
89% Oz
Aunt Brenda
  • 2002
No Score Yet Ed
Barbara Gennacarro
  • 2001
No Score Yet Will & Grace
Mrs. Friedman
  • 2001
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
  • 1996
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No Score Yet Murphy Brown
  • 1994
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
Mae Shaughnessy Winnie Banner
  • 1993
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No Score Yet ALF
Screenwriter Dorothy Halligan
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No Score Yet Rhoda
Sally Gallagher
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No Score Yet American Playhouse


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