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playwright , writer , Actress

Anne Meara, American actress, playwright, writer. Recipient Outer Critic's Circuit Playwriting award for After-Play, 1995, 4th annual Alan King award in Jewish Humor, 2003, Productive Aging award Jewish Council Aging, 2004, Thalia award (w/ Jerry Stiller) Humbert College Toronto; received joint star with husband on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 2007.


Meara, Anne was born on September 20, 1929 in Brooklyn. Daughter of Edward Joseph and Mary (Dempsey) Meara.


Student, Herbert Berghoff Studio, 1954.


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  • Other Work

    • Apprentice in summer stock, Southold, Long Island and Woodstock, New York, 1950-1953. Off-Broadway appearances include A Month in the Country, 1954, Maedchen in Uniform, 1955 (Show Business off-Broadway award), Ulysses in Nightown, 1958, The House of Blue Leaves, 1970, Bosoms and Neglect, 1986, After-Play, 1996. Shakespeare Company, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Central Park, New York City, 1957, Romeo and Juliet, 1988.

      Broadway plays: Spookhouse, 1982, Eastern Standard, 1989, Anna Christie, 1993 (Tony nomination Best Supporting Actress). Film appearances include The Out-of-Towners, 1968, Lovers and Other Strangers, 1969, The Boys From Brazil, 1978, Fame, 1979, Nasty Habits (with husband Jerry Stiller), 1976, An Open Window, 1990, Mia, 1990, Awakenings, 1991, Reality Bites, 1994, Daytrippers, 1997, The Fish in the Bathtub, 1998, Southie, 1999, The Independent, 2001, Like Mike, 2002, comedy act, since 1963. Appearances Happy Medium and Medium Rare, Chicago, 1960-1961, Village Gate, Phase Two and Blue Angel, New York City, 1963, The Establishment, London, 1963, QE II, 1990.

      Syndicated television series Take Five with Stiller and Meara, 1977-1978. Numerous appearances on television game and talk shows, also specialists and variety shows. Recording numerous commercials for television and radio (co-recipient Voice of Imagery award Advertising Bureau New York ).

      Star television series Kate McShane, 1975, Archie Bunker's Place, 1979, Alf, 1986-1988. Other television appearances The Sunset Gang, 1990, Avenue Z Afternoon, 1991, Murphy Brown, 1994, Homicide, 1996 (Emmy nomination), Will and Grace, 2002, Sex in the City, 2002-2004, The King of Queens, 2003-2005, Good Morning Miami, 2003. (television movie) Jitters, 1997, All My Children, 1994-1999, (television movie) What Makes a Family, 2001.

      Writer, actress television movie The Other Woman, 1983 (co-recipient Writer's Guild Outstanding Achievement award 1983), Alf, To Make Up to Break Up, The Stiller and Meara pilot. Author, actor (play) After-Play, 1996. Author (play) Down the Garden Paths, 2000.

      Video host (with Jerry Stiller) So You Want to Be an Actor?.


Married Gerald Stiller, September 14, 1954. Children: Amy, Benjamin.

Edward Joseph Meara

Mary (Dempsey) Meara

Gerald Stiller

Amy Meara

Benjamin Meara