While Anne Meara will always be best known for her long comedy partnership with her husband Jerry Stiller, I will always remember her for her recurring role as the mother of Spence Olchin (Patton Oswalt) on the classic sitcom The King of Queens.
the part was originally played by Eileen Brennan in one episode,
Meara made it her own, especially as she was once again playing
opposite Jerry, who starred on the show as cantankerous senior Arthur
Spooner, father of Carrie Heffernan (Leah Remini), father-in-law of
Doug Heffernan (Kevin James), and the usually unwilling object of
Mrs. Olchin's desire.
fact, The King of Queens became quite a family affair for the
Stiller-Meara brood, with son Ben Stiller guest-starring in one
episode as the father of his father's character (!) and daughter Amy
Stiller (Ben's sister) making cameo appearances in several episodes
as a flustered coffee store employee continually heckled by Arthur.
Sometime after the show ended, Amy appeared in one of Jerry's Capital
for the laughs, Ms. Meara.