Anne Meara became a household name in the 1960s when she partnered with her husband Jerry Stiller in their now classic Stiller and Meara comedy routine. They brought their real-life relationship foibles to their act. They were among the earliest graduates of Chicago’s Second City improvisational group to become famous, making frequent appearances in the ‘60s and ‘70s on television shows such as The Ed Sullivan Show.
As classic as their act were their radio commercials, including a routine they did for Blue Nun wine.
When variety series became scarce both Jerry and Anne moved on to successful acting careers. Anne has been nominated for Emmys® in three different series—Homicide: Life on the Streets, Archie Bunker’s Place (twice) and Kate McShane. She received a Golden Globe nomination as Best Supporting Actress in Rhoda and won a Writers Guild of America Award for her work on The Other Woman.
Anne has had roles in numerous films, including Night at the Museum, Kiss of Death, Reality Bites, Awakenings, Fame and The Boys from Brazil. She has had recurring roles in the television series Sex and the City and King of Queens and has appeared in numerous other successful shows including Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Will & Grace, Murphy Brown and Murder She Wrote.
Anne and Jerry have been married for more than 50 years and are the parents of comedy movie star Ben Stiller and comedienne/actress Amy Stiller.