1. She was also featured on stage, television, in numerous films, and later became a playwright.
2. During her career, Meara was nominated for four Emmy Awards and a Tony Award, and won a Writers Guild Award as a co-writer for the TV movie, The Other Woman.
3. Meara was born in Brooklyn, New York, An only child, she was raised in Rockville Centre, New York on Long Island.
4. When she was 18, Meara spent a year studying acting at the Dramatic Workshop at The New School in Manhattan.
5. The following year, 1948, she began her career as an actress in summer stock.
6. Meara met actor-comedian Jerry Stiller in 1953 and they married the following year.
7. Until he suggested it, she had never thought of doing comedy.
8. “He always thought I would be a great comedy partner.” They joined the improvisational company The Compass Players , and after leaving, formed the comedy team of Stiller and Meara.
9. In 1961 they were performing in nightclubs in New York, and by the following year were considered a “national phenomenon,” said the New York Times.
10. Their often-improvised comedy routines brought many of their real-life relationship foibles to live audiences.
11. Their skits focused on domestic themes, as did Nichols and May, another comedy team during that period.
12. “They were Nichols and May without the acid and with warmth,” notes author Lawrence Epstein. After Nichols and May broke up as a team in 1961, Stiller and Meara were the number one couple comedy team by the late 1960s.
13. And as Mike Nichols and Elaine May were not married, Stiller and Meara became the most famous married couple comedy team since Burns and Allen.
14. After some years honing the act, Stiller and Meara became regulars on The Ed Sullivan Show, with 36 appearances, and other TV programs, including The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
15. They released their first LP in 1963, “Presenting America’s New Comedy Sensation: Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara Live at The Hungry I,” which became a hit.
16. During the 1970s, Meara and Stiller wrote and performed many radio commercials together for Blue Nun Wine.
17. She also had a small role as “Mrs Curry” opposite Laurence Olivier in The Boys from Brazil .