Photo Flash: Remembering Anne Meara

As BroadwayWorld reported over the weekend, Anne Meara passed away on Saturday. She was 85. Meara appeared in five Broadway shows and was Tony-nominated for her performance as Marthy Owen in ANNA CHRISTIE in 1992, opposite Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson.

Anne Meara was an American actress and comedian. She and Jerry Stiller were a prominent 1960s comedy team, appearing as Stiller and Meara, and are the parents of actor and comedian Ben and actress Amy Stiller.

Meara was born in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of parents of Irish descent, Mary (née Dempsey) and Edward Joseph Meara, a lawyer. Meara was raised as a member of the Catholic Church, and converted to Reform Judaism six years after marrying Jerry Stiller. She has long stressed that she did not convert at Stiller's request, but because "Catholicism was dead to me." She took the conversion seriously and studied the faith in such depth that her Jewish-born husband quipped, "Being married to Anne has made me more Jewish."

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Anne Meara in New York City. June 1, 1979

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Anne Meara in New York City. October 1, 1980

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Anne Meara, Christopher Reeve and Dana Reeve on April 12, 1990 in New York City.

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Anne Meara in New York City, May 1, 1993

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Anne Meara attends a party at Gracie Mansion, June 1, 1993 in New York City.

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Anne Meara attends a party at Gracie Mansion, June 1, 1993 in New York City.

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Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara attends a party at Gracie Mansion, June 1, 1993 in New York City.

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Anne Meara attends a party at Gracie Mansion, June 1, 1993 in New York City.

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Anne Meara & Jerry Stiller attend the MTC Spring Gala at the Hilton Hotelon 5/15/1995 in New York City.

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Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller attend the Drama League Awards at the Plaza Hotel, on May 1, 1996 in New York City.

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Anne Meara attends 'A Broadway Frolic' A benefit for the National Actors Theater at the Plaza Hotel on 10/19/1998 in New York City.

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Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller attend 'A Broadway Frolic' A benefit for the National Actors Theater at the Plaza Hotel on 10/19/1998 in New York City.

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Ben Stiller with his parents Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara Attending the opening night performance of THREE SISTERS at the Roundabout Theatre in New York City. May 21, 1998

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Ben Stiller with his parents Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara Attending the opening night performance of THREE SISTERS at the Roundabout Theatre in New York City. May 21, 1998

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Ben Stiller with his parents Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara Attending the opening night performance of THREE SISTERS at the Roundabout Theatre in New York City. May 21, 1998

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Ben Stiller with his parents Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara Attending the opening night performance of THREE SISTERS at the Roundabout Theatre in New York City. May 21, 1998

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Anne Meara attending the Signature Theatre Company Honors Event at the Essex House, New York City. May 5, 2003

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Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller Attending the Signature Theatre Company Honors Event at the Essex House, New York City. May 5, 2003

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Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller attending the Signature Theatre Company Honors Event at the Essex House, New York City. May 5, 2003

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Anne Meara Attending the Opening Night Performance of TWENTIETH CENTURY at the American Airlines Theatre in New York City. March 25, 2004

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Anne Meara Attending the Opening Night Performance of TWENTIETH CENTURY at the American Airlines Theatre in New York City. March 25, 2004

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Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller Attending the Opening Night Performance of TWENTIETH CENTURY at the American Airlines Theatre in New York City. March 25, 2004

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Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller Attending the Opening Night Performance of TWENTIETH CENTURY at the American Airlines Theatre in New York City. March 25, 2004

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Anne Meara Attending the Opening Night Performance of WELL at the Longacre Theatre in New York City. March 30, 2006

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Anne Meara attending the Opening Night Performance of WELL at the Longacre Theatre in New York City. March 30, 2006

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Anne Meara & Christine Taylor Miller attending the Broadway Opening Night Performance of 'The House Of Blue Leaves' at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York City.

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Anne Meara & Christine Taylor Miller attending the Broadway Opening Night Performance of 'The House Of Blue Leaves' at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York City.

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Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller attending the Opening Night Performance of WELL at the Longacre Theatre in New York City. March 30, 2006

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Anne Meara & Jerry Stiller attending the Broadway Opening Night Performance of 'The House Of Blue Leaves' at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York City.

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Anne Meara & Jerry Stiller attending the Broadway Opening Night Performance of 'The House Of Blue Leaves' at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York City.

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Anne Meara attending the Actors Company Theatre 15th Annual Crystal Gala Honoring Julie Harris at The Hudson Theatre in New York City. March 3, 2008

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Anne Meara attending the Actors Company Theatre 15th Annual Crystal Gala Honoring Julie Harris at The Hudson Theatre in New York City. March 3, 2008

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Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara attending the Opening Night Performance of WELL at the Longacre Theatre in New York City. March 30, 2006

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Anne Meara Attending the Opening Night Performance of WELL at the Longacre Theatre in New York City. March 30, 2006

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Anne Meara & Jerry Stiller arriving for the New York Premiere Screening of "HAIRSPRAY" at the Ziegfeld Theatre. July 16, 2007

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Stew & Anne Meara atttending the Opening Night Performance After Party for PASSING STRANGE at ESPACE in New York City. February 28, 2008

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Anne Meara arriving for the Broadway Opening Night performance of Manhattan Theatre Club's TIME STANDS STILL at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in New York City. January 29, 2010

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Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara arriving for the Broadway Opening Night performance of Manhattan Theatre Club's TIME STANDS STILL at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in New York City. January 29, 2010

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Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara arriving for the Broadway Opening Night performance of Manhattan Theatre Club's TIME STANDS STILL at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in New York City. January 29, 2010

Photo Flash: Remembering Anne Meara
Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara arriving for the Broadway Opening Night performance of Manhattan Theatre Club's TIME STANDS STILL at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in New York City. January 29, 2010

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Anne Meara arriving the the Broadway Opening Night performance of "Next Fall" at the Helen Hayes Theatre in New York City. March 11, 2010

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Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara arriving the the Broadway Opening Night performance of "Next Fall" at the Helen Hayes Theatre in New York City. March 11, 2010

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Anne Meara & Jerry Stiller.attending the Actors Fund Gala honoring Harry Belafonte, Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara & David Steiner at the Mariott Marquis Hotel in New York City on 5/21/12

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Anne Meara attending the Actors Fund Gala honoring Harry Belafonte, Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara & David Steiner at the Mariott Marquis Hotel in New York City on 5/21/12

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Anne Meara & Jerry Stiller attending the Actors Fund Gala honoring Harry Belafonte, Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara & David Steiner at the Mariott Marquis Hotel in New York City on 5/21/12

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Anne Meara attending the Actors Fund Gala honoring Harry Belafonte, Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara & David Steiner at the Mariott Marquis Hotel in New York City on 5/21/12

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Anne Meara attends the Tony Award Nominations at Sardi's on 5/6/1996 in New York City.

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