Too bad she's known primarily as Ben Stiller's mother and Jerry Stiller's wife. Anyone who caught this odd little film saw Anne Meara prove her extraordinary talent as an actress. She captures the complexities of a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown as skillfully as any of our leading character actresses -- Sally Field, Sissy Spacek, Jane Alexander. Look again at those little comic sketches she and Jerry Stiller did on Ed Sillivan back in the 60's -- they were wonderful character pieces.
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