|A much younger Anne|
Anne Meara, part of Stiller and Meara and mother of Ben Stiller, he of the Night at the Museum series, died on Saturday in Manhattan. She was 85. They did not provide the cause.
She was a tall redhead with a brassy Long Island accent and a self-confident demeanor, Her partner and husband, was a much shorter New York Jew, known to most people as George Costanza’s wacky father who invented “Festivus for the the rest of us.”
Born in Brooklyn on Sept. 20, 1929, Anne was raised in Rockville Centre, Nassau country, Long Island. She was an only child, and daughter of Edward Meara, a lawyer, and the former Mary Dempsey, who committed suicide when her daughter was 11.
In the 1960s Stiller and Meara were regular guests on the variety and talk shows of Ed Sullivan and many others, and performed in nightclubs all over the country. In the 1970s their voices were heard on radio commercials for Blue Nun wine and other products.
In addition to her husband and her son, Ms. Meara is survived by a daughter, the actress and comedian Amy Stiller, and two grandchildren of Ben’s.