Ben Stiller on Mom's Death

Actor tweets about Anne Meara's passing for first time
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 25, 2015 5:00 PM CDT
Ben Stiller on Mom's Death
An Oct. 7, 2008, file photo, shows, from left, Anne Meara, Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, and Jerry Stiller, attending the 11th annual Project ALS "Tomorrow Is Tonight" benefit gala in New York.   (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, File)

Ben Stiller spoke out for the first time today on the death of his mother, Anne Meara, reports USA Today. "Thank you so much for all the kind words about Anne," her son tweeted. "All of us in our family feel so lucky to have had her in our lives." Other celebrities responded to the passing of the comedian and actress who worked in Hollywood for decades, sometimes with her son Ben and husband Jerry Stiller. Among other celeb tweets, per People and the New York Times:

  • "I did 2 films with Anne Meara, a lovely, gracious & Funny Lady. We lost one of the Good Ones! RIP Ms Anne."—Samuel L. Jackson
  • "I had the honor of meeting Anne Meara a few times. It was a life highlight. RIP"—Sarah Silverman
  • "Stiller and Meara have been a wonderful presence in comedy my whole life. Now Anne Meara is gone, and I salute her."—Steve Martin
  • "Aww man….RIP to a national treasure Anne Meara. She was timelessly funny."—Josh Groban
  • "RIP Anne Meara…had the pleasure of meeting her once, she had me doubled over laughing. A comedy LEGEND. So many condolences @RedHourBen"—Chris Hardwick
(Read more celebrity death stories.)

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