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Norman Lear

Birth Place: New Haven, CT, USA

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Norman Milton Lear (July 27, 1922 – December 5, 2023) was an American screenwriter and producer who produced, wrote, created, or developed over 100 shows. Lear created and produced numerous popular 1970s sitcoms, including All in the Family (1971–1979), Maude (1972–1978), Sanford and Son (1972–1977), One Day at a Time (1975–1984), The Jeffersons (1975–1985), and Good Times (1974–1979). His shows introduced political and social themes to the sitcom format.

Lear received many awards, including six Primetime Emmy Awards, two Peabody Awards, the National Medal of Arts in 1999, the Kennedy Center Honors in 2017, and the Golden Globe Carol Burnett Award in 2021. He was a member of the Television Academy Hall of Fame.

Lear was known for his political activism and funding of liberal and progressive causes and politicians. In 1980, he founded the advocacy organization People for the American Way to counter the influence of the Christian right in politics, and in the early 2000s, he mounted a tour with a copy of the Declaration of Independence.

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Theater Resources Unlimited Town Hall: Adding Accessibility To The D.E.I. Conversations In-Person & Virtual

Join Theater Resources Unlimited for their live monthly panel discussion on adding accessibility to D.E.I. conversations. The event, held both in-person and virtually, will be co-hosted by actor Carey Cox.


I don’t think you are going to find a funnier TAMING OF THE SHREW easily. Director Dana Bowman has lucked out to get the cast and crew that could pull this off, and she had extreme insight into how to handle the problems the show represents to women today. You will laugh, and you will find it a delight. Sitting through TAMING OF THE SHREW was never a chore, and I was enchanted from start to finish.

Austin Film Festival Announces Ronald D. Moore To Receive The 2024 Outstanding Television Writer Award

Renowned television writer Ronald D. Moore will be honored with the Outstanding Television Writer Award at the 2024 Austin Film Festival.

Meg Gilbert of Parity Productions Joins TRU Town Hall: The Steps Taken Towards Gender Parity

Join Meg Gilbert of Parity Productions and other co-hosts at Theater Resources Unlimited's Town Hall event, discussing the steps taken towards achieving gender parity in theater.

Actor Jeffrey Wright Delivered The 35th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture On Arts And Public Policy

Renowned actor Jeffrey Wright gives an insightful address at the 35th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy, discussing the importance and impact of arts in society.

�¿Theater Resources Unlimited to Present Town Hall 'The Steps Taken Towards Gender Parity'

Join Theater Resources Unlimited for their first Live Town Hall of 2024, focusing on steps towards gender parity in the arts. Learn more!

The Invisible Theatre's Susan Claassen to Step Down as Managing Artistic Director

The Invisible Theatre Managing Artistic Director Susan Claassen will pass “the torch” of Artistic Leadership to Betsy Kruse Craig, Associate Managing Artistic Director.

Rachel Brosnahan, Alfred Molina, J. Harrison Ghee, and More Will Present Artios Awards

Rachel Brosnahan, Alfred Molina, J. Harrison Ghee and more will present casting winners at the Artios Awards in New York on March 7. Find out who takes home the honors at this prestigious event celebrating casting excellence in the industry.

Rita Moreno to Join Pink Martini for 30th Anniversary Concert at Carnegie Hall

Rita Moreno will join Pink Martini in celebrating its 30th anniversary in concert on Friday, November 1 at 8:00 p.m. at Carnegie Hall. Learn how to purchase tickets.

Jason Alexander to Star in JUDGMENT DAY at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Chicago Shakespeare Theater has revealed the full company of Judgment Day, a world premiere comedy starring Tony and Emmy Award winner Jason Alexander in his Chicago stage debut.

MAGIC HOUR IN LOS ANGELES Comes to The Mark Taper Forum in March

 MUSE/IQUE's 2024 season, themed Make Some Noise: Music and Stories of American Defiance and Hope, opens on March 15 at 7:30 pm, March 16 at 2:30 pm and March 17 at 7:30 pm, 2024.

Sigourney Weaver, David Hyde Pierce & More to Reunite for VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE

Bartlett Sher will direct a staged reading of Christopher Durang’s Tony Award-winning play VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE, featuring original cast members. See who is starring and learn how to purchase tickets!

Sir Patrick Stewart To Receive ICG Publicists 2024 Television Showperson Of The Year Award

Stewart's career spans over six decades. A classically trained theater artist who got his start at the Royal Shakespeare Company before breaking into film and television, Stewart's legendary performances have garnered him three Olivier Awards plus Emmy, Golden Globe, SAG, Critics Choice and Tony Award nominations, among countless honors.

Alex Edelman to Host The 39th Artios Awards New York Ceremony

Alex Edelman will host the New York ceremony for the 39th Artios Awards. Learn more about the awards ceremony and see who is nominated!

THE FOLKS AT HOME Comes to the Alleyway Theatre

Alleyway Theatre starts the second half of its 44th season with THE FOLKS AT HOME, a love letter to the great sitcoms of the 1970s. The comedy is written by R. Eric Thomas and directed by Daniel F. Lendzian. Pay-What-You-Can-Previews begin February 9, with an opening night set for Wednesday February 14, 2024.

Jessica Vosk, Tracie Thoms, and More Will Lead Industry Reading of inhale-EXHALE

Rodney Hicks' latest play, inhale-EXHALE, will receive an NYC-invited industry reading presentation on Wednesday, January 31, 2024, at 4:30 pm.  Learn more about the play here!

Roundabout's 2024-2025 Season Will Include New Orleans-Style PIRATES OF PENZANCE with Ramin Karimloo and David Hyde Pierce, YELLOW FACE Starring Daniel Dae Kim, and More

Roundabout Theatre Company has just announced the 2024-2025 season on Broadway and Off-Broadway, including initial casting. Check out all of the details here!

Anthony Anderson to Host the Emmys in January

Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actor Anthony Anderson is the host of new FOX game show We Are Family, from executive producer Jamie Foxx, premiering Wednesday, January 3 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. He starred for eight seasons in the multi-award nominated sitcom black-ish, where he portrayed Andre “Dre” Johnson and served as executive producer.

CBS to Honor Norman Lear With A LIFE ON TELEVISION Special

This one-hour special features new interviews with stars of the long-running comedies Lear created, including Jimmie Walker from GOOD TIMES and Mackenzie Phillips from ONE DAY AT A TIME, in addition to never-before-seen interviews from the ET vault. Also included with this new footage and interviews is an in-depth sit-down interview with Lear.

City Of Los Angeles Department Of Cultural Affairs Reveals Grant Recipients Of The 2023/24 City Of Los Angeles Independent Master Artist Project

City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs announces the grant recipients of the 2023/24 City of Los Angeles Independent Master Artist Project.


How many shows has Norman Lear written?

Norman Lear has written 1 shows including Cold Turkey (Source Material).

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