Anne Meara

Anne Meara

Meara in 2007, photo by Prphotos

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.

Ethnicity: Irish
*convert to Judaism

Anne Meara was an American actress and comedian. She was married to comedian Jerry Stiller, until her death. They have two children, actors Ben Stiller and Amy Stiller.

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 grandparents were James Meara and Annie Breslin. James and Annie were 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 named Mary Elizabeth Shine. Mary Elizabeth was born in New York, to an Irish father, and to a New York-born mother, Mary Riley (born c. 1847), whose own parents were Irish immigrants.

Sources: Family history of Anne Meara, by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, at The Huffington Post –

Genealogy of Anne Meara (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Anne’s father on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Anne’s mother on the 1920 U.S. Census –


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1 Response

  1. MaYaYaYa says:

    She died on the 23rd. Should be changed from May 13, 2015 to May 23rd, 2015.

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