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Ben Stiller Pays Tribute to Late Mother Anne Meara

”All of us in our family feel so lucky to have had her in our lives,“ actor writes

Ben Stiller has offered a heartfelt tribute to his mother, Anne Meara, saying that he and his family are “so lucky to have had her in our lives.”

The “Zoolander” actor also thanked the public for their “kind words” about Meara, who died Saturday at age 85.

“Thank you so much for all the kind words about Anne,” Stiller wrote early Monday on Twitter. “All of us in our family feel so lucky to have had her in our lives.”

Actress and comedian Anne Meara was the wife and performing partner of Ben’s father Jerry Stiller, who performed with the elder Stiller as Stiller & Meara on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and other programs in the 1960s. Meara also appeared in films and TV shows including “All My Children,” “Rhoda,” “Alf,” “Sex and the City” and the CBS comedy “The King of Queens,” which counted Jerry Stiller among its stars.

A statement released by Ben and Jerry Stiller released on Sunday described the latter as Meara’s “”husband and partner in life” and said “the two were married for 61 years and worked together almost as long.”

The statement provided no further details regarding Meara’s death.

Meara, who was also a successful writer,  is survived by her daughter, Amy, and several grandchildren in addition to Jerry Stiller and Ben Stiller.