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Actress Anne Meara dies at 85

Actress and comedian Anne Meara, mother of Ben Stiller, has died. She was 85.

Her husband, Jerry Stiller, and Ben Stiller say she died on Saturday. No other details were provided.

The Stiller family released a statement to The Associated Press on Sunday describing Jerry Stiller as Meara's "husband and partner in life".

"The two were married for 61 years and worked together almost as long," the statement said.

The couple performed as Stiller & Meara on The Ed Sullivan Show and other programmes in the 1960s. Meara also appeared in dozens of films and TV shows, including recurring roles on All My Children and The King of Queens. She also starred in Sex in the City.

Besides Jerry Stiller and Ben Stiller, Meara is survived by her daughter, Amy, and several grandchildren.

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