Monday, May 25, 2015
R.I.P., Anne Meara
I particularly recall a skit in which their "How Much I Love You" talk turned into "How Much I Hate You." Anne had a great line I remembered my lifetime: "If, on a beach, every grain of sand had 'hate' written on it, that's how much I hate you!" This was edgy stuff back then and I saw new directions from this regarding where comedy can go.
Stiller & Meara had, especially, an appeal to the working class. Anne and Jerry were married for 63 years and are the parents, of course, of Ben Stiller. The Irish-American was a Method actress and also did serious roles, like on tv's Law and Order. Though she was best known as a comedian. She was a regular on "Archie Bunker's Place" and "The King of Queens."
She guested several times on "Sex & the City" and "Will & Grace," She had a recurring role on the daytime soap, "All My Children" and now-classic sitcom "Murphy Brown."
She is missed by the public and entertainment community alike.