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Actress And Comedian Anne Meara Dies At 85

Actress and comedian Anne Meara, mother of Ben Stiller and wife of Jerry Stiller, died Saturday according to her family.

By Steven Sparkman | May 24, 2015

Comedian Anne Meara, one half of the comedy duo Stiller and Meara and mother of actor Ben Stiller, died Saturday at the age of 85 according to a statement from her family. 

Meara and husband Jerry Stiller were married for an astonishing 61 years and played off each other's jokes for decades. (Video via NBC / "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson")

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"Terrific, listen, I mean, it takes all the guesswork out of meeting someone." 

Meara made extensive appearances on TV and worked in both stand-up comedy and theater, and was always known for her warmth and her quick wit. 

"You like older women, right?" Meara asked MSNBC's Donny Deutsch in a 2012 appearance on "Morning Joe."

"You know, that, yes, you can tell," said Deutsch. ... 

"How did you know that about him, because he does," said host Mika Brzezinski.

"Really? I saw it scrawled on a bathroom wall," Meara said. 

Fellow actors and comedians like Gilbert Gottfried, Steve Martin and Rosie O'Donnell saluted Meara on Twitter Sunday. In addition to Jerry and Ben, she leaves behind her daughter Amy and several grandchildren. 

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