Over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the entertainment community grieved the loss of the passing of the brilliant comedian and actress Anne Meara. She was 85-years-old. Meara, whose husband is actor Jerry Stiller, and is the mother to Ben Stiller, died on Saturday. Most amazing, and yet heartbreaking is to think that Anne’s partner in show business and in life, Jerry Stiller and her shared 61 wonderful years together.
“Anne’s memory lives on in the hearts of daughter Amy, son Ben, her grandchildren, her extended family and friends, and the millions she entertained as an actress, writer and comedienne,” the family statement said.
In the 60′s, “Stiller & Meara” made the variety show circuits including being a frequent guest on The Ed Sullivan Show. Meara became a regular on the game show circuit in the 70′s before landing the role of Sally Gallagher on Rhoda. She went on to play hundreds of TV roles in the 1980s and 1990s in shows like Archie Bunker’s Place, The Love Boat, ALF, Sex and the City and The King of Queens.
Meara is best known to soap fans for her recurring role as Peggy Moody on All My Children from 1993 to 1998. Former AMC cast member Cady McClain (Ex-Dixie, more recently Kelly, Y&R ) took to her Twitter account when news broke of the death of Meara relating this message: “So sorry to hear Anne Meara died. I had the great pleasure of working with her on AMC. She was a real “pissa” with a beautiful heart.”
Eva LaRue, who played Maria Santos on AMC, also tweeted on the passing of Meara: “Worked w/ Anne Meara on AMC-What stories,what a life,what laughs,what a wonderful human being! Will miss her Xmas Baileys!
Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica Kane, AMC) also took to social media and offered up this sentiment on having worked with Meara: “So sad to hear of Anne Meara’s passing–such happy memories of working with her on All My Children. My heart goes out to her family.” And finally, Sarah Michelle Gellar, the first Kendall Hart of AMC also took to Twitter to share this: “I had the honor of working with
#AnneMeara on #AllMyChildren. I always knew I was in the presence of greatness when she was around #RIP”
And on Monday, Ben Stiller tweeted out this to his followers: “Thank you so much for all the kind words about Anne. All of us in our family feel so lucky to have had her in our lives.”
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