Date of Birth: September 20, 1929
Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
Date of Death: May 23, 2015
Place of Death: Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
Anne was the daughter of Mary T. (Dempsey) and Edward Joseph Meara. She was born to a family of Irish descent. She converted from Catholicism to Judaism early on in her marriage to Jerry Stiller, around 1961. The decision to convert was her own.
Anne’s paternal grandfather was named James Meara. James was born in Ireland.
Anne’s paternal grandmother was named Annie Breslin. Annie was born in Ireland.
Anne’s maternal grandfather was John Joseph Dempsey (the son of Cornelius Dempsey and Ellen Driscoll). John was born in New York, to Irish parents.
Anne’s maternal grandmother was Mary Elizabeth Shine (the daughter of Timothy Shine and Mary Reilley/Reilly/Riley). Anne’s grandmother Mary Elizabeth was born in New York, to an Irish father and to a New York-born mother, whose own parents, Michael Reilley/Reilly/Riley and Catherine Garrity/Gerety, were Irish immigrants.
Sources: Family history of Anne Meara, by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, at The Huffington Post – http://www.huffingtonpost.com
Genealogy of Anne Meara (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://www.geni.com
Anne’s father on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Anne’s mother on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org