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Anne Meara, mother of actor Ben Stiller, dies at 85

Anne Meara, who rose to stardom with her husband, Jerry Stiller, portraying what People magazine called “anxiety comedy’s top couple,” died Saturday in New York City. She was 85.

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    Two documentaries: '1971' on PBS, 'Southern Rites' from HBO

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    On the morning after the end of 'Mad Men'

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