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The obits said first, obnoxiously, Jerry Stiller's wife! Ben Stiller's mother!
When the obits were a little better, they said Jerry Stiller's wife and comedy partner. There are so many
wonderful memories I have of Anne Meara, actress! Anne Meara, comedian! And now,
when I look her up to write this thing, I am surprised at things I had
forgotten. The wonderful indie film The
Daytrippers. Fame and Lovers and Other Strangers, New York
films that used her talents wisely. Those nights on Ed Sullivan. Those Blue Nun
commercials. Then there are the things I never knew. That she had stage fright,
which led her to writing plays. That her mother committed suicide. That she had
a gaggle of Irish girlfriends from St. Agnes High School whom she kept up with
her whole life. I've heard wonderful, hilarious stories from people who knew
her well. And even one from someone who met her at an industry function. Being
congratulated on her new granddaughter, Ella Olivia Stiller, she said, "Too
many L's, don't you think?" You can hear her saying it. Anne Meara was 85.
Don't go to the light, ma.
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