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Anne Meara



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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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
44% Planes: Fire And Rescue
  • Winnie
2014
No Score Yet Another Harvest Moon
  • Ella
2011
43% Night at the Museum
  • Debbie
2006
44% Fired!
  • Actor
2006
40% F**k the Disabled
  • Actor
2002
57% Like Mike
  • Sister Theresa
2002
60% The Independent
  • Rita
2001
64% Zoolander
  • Heckler
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
74% 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 (Heavy Weights)
  • Alice Bushkin
1995
No Score Yet The Search for One-Eyed Jimmy
  • Holly Hoyt
1994
65% 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
70% The Boys from Brazil
  • Mrs. Curry
1978
No Score Yet Nasty Habits
  • Geraldine
1977
54% The Out-of-Towners
  • Woman In Police Station
1970
40% For Love of Ivy
  • Actor
1968
No Score Yet When The Evening Comes
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Futurama
1999
  • Voice
45% Gravity
2010
  • Actor
29% Mercy
2009-2010
  • Estelle Thalberg
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Mrs. Ida Becker
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998-2006
  • Mrs. Friedman
Oz
1997-2003
  • Aunt Brenda

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