ANNE MEARA (Rita Malone) is well known as half of the comedy team Stiller and Meara, but also has an impressive solo career as an actress and playwright. After studying acting with Alfred Linder and Uta Hagen, she appeared with Zero Mostel in "Ulysses in Nighttown" and in the first season of the New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park. She appeared off-Broadway in John Guare's "The House of Blue Leaves," and went on to appear on Broadway in "Eastern Standard" and as Marty in the recent Roundabout production of Eugene O'Neill's "Anna Christie" (with Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson), for which she was nominated for a Tony Award.
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Meara's film roles include "Lovers and Other Strangers," Arthur Hiller's "The Out of Towners" (as "Irate Woman"), Michael Lindsay-Hogg's "Nasty Habits" (as a nun), and "The Boys From Brazil," Alan Parker's "Fame," Ben Stiller's "Reality Bites," Barbet Schroeder's "Kiss of Death," as well as independent films like "The Search for One-Eyed Jimmy" and "An Open Window" (shown at Sundance and Cannes).
With her husband Jerry Stiller, Meara performed in nightclubs, regional theatres and on record and on television, most notably with 34 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show. They also wrote and starred in an NBC pilot "The Stiller and Meara Show," and Meara was co-writer (with Lila Garrett) and star of "The Other Woman," a CBS movie-of-the-week which won a Writer's Guild Award. She starred in two network series: "Kate McShane" (1975, the first series to feature a woman lawyer), and the "The Comer Bar" (1973). Meara has also had recurring roles on "Archie Bunker's Place," "Rhoda," "Alf," and "Murphy Brown," and, currently, on the daytime drama "All My Children." She and Jerry were featured in the American Playhouse presentation of "The Sunset Gang," and Meara also starred with Lou Diamond Phillips in "Ave. Z Afternoon" on the A&E Network. She has been nominated for four Emmy Awards.
Meara made her off-Broadway debut as a playwright with "After-Play," a comedy/drama of two couples (1994-1995), which was produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club and enjoyed a sold out run. Meara and her husband joined the cast when it moved to Theatre Four.
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