Newswire: R.I.P. Anne Meara, actress and comedian

According to a statement released to the Associated Press, actress and comedian Anne Meara died on Saturday, May 23. She was 85.

Meara was a groundbreaking comedian and a part of one of the longest personal/professional duos imaginable; according to the AP statement, Meara and her husband Jerry Stiller “were married for 61 years and worked together almost as long.” Stiller and Meara began their comedy partnership as part of the improv group The Compass Players, which pre-dated Second City in the 1960s. In their act, Meara and Stiller played up the differences in their marriage (the Brooklyn-born, Irish Meara converted to Judaism when she married Stiller in 1954), most famously in their “Hershey Horowitz/Mary Elizabeth Doyle” routine. The popular duo appeared in radio comercials and on The Ed Sullivan Show 36 times.

Apart from Stiller, Meara also acted independently on TV, screen, and stage. On TV, Meara …

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