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Norman Lear, Legendary TV Sitcom Producer And Screenwriter, Dies At 101

Producer Norman Lear attended the 33rd Imagen Awards Ceremony held at JW Marriott Los Angeles LA LIVE on August 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JC Olivera/Getty Images)

OAN’s James Myers
12:00 PM – Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Television production icon Norman Lear died Wednesday at the age of 101.

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The producer of the 1970s comedies “All in the Family,” “Maude” and “The Jeffersons” has died, family spokeswoman Lara Bergsold told reporters Wednesday.

“Norman lived his life with curiosity, tenacity, and empathy,” his family said in a statement. “He deeply loved our country and spent his life upholding our founding ideals of justice and equality for all. , I found a passion for writing about the real lives of Americans.”

Born in New Haven, Conn., Lear left Emerson College in Boston in 1942 to join the military and flew more than 30 missions as a B-17 radio operator and gunner in World War II.

Lear’s show was nominated for 17 Emmy Awards and won six of them, including four for “All in the World,” starring Carroll O’Connor and Jean Stapleton, which aired from 1971 to 1979. Awarded for “Family”.

Tony Vinciquerra, chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, said in an interview with Variety just before Lear’s 100th anniversary in 2022, “Even though he’s over 100 years old, he’s still working hard. It speaks of passion.” , some of his shows were controversial when they aired, but he inspired people to think differently about issues like race and prejudice when they needed it most. His vision and ideas are always spot on. ”

Leah was also inducted into the Emmy Hall of Fame in 1984 and won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special Award in 2019 and 2020.

In 2019, Lear brought back iconic sitcoms such as All in the Family, The Jeffersons, and Good Times, performing in front of a live audience for the first time.

Just before turning 100 years oldth On her birthday in 2022, Leah looks back on her more than 60-year career and says she has no plans to slow down.

“I think the biggest secret is just remembering to wake up in the morning. That starts with getting out of bed,” Leah told Variety in a 2022 interview. “But not a day goes by without a story to tell. An exciting, relevant and topical story.”

Leah was married three times and is survived by his third wife, Lynne Davis, whom he married in 1987. He was the father of six children: Ellen, Kate, Maggie, Benjamin, and twins Madeline Rose and Brianna Elizabeth.

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