Norman Lear

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  • Birth Name: Norman Milton Lear
  • Birth Place: New Haven, CT
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 07/27/1922, Leo
  • Profession: Producer; writer; director
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VIDEO: Which All in the Family Scene Still Makes Norman Lear Cry?

TV writer-producer Norman Lear is a true pioneer — not only in the sense that he created such legendary sitcoms as All in the FamilyMaude and The Jeffersons, but also because he tackled topics such as menopause, impotence and even transgender issues when they were still taboo.

In an interview with Katie Couric, Lear, 92, says he still chokes up when watching the All in the Family scene in which Edith (Jean Stapleton) discusses her friend Beverly — whom Lear describes as "a transsexual, a man who'd become a woman" — getting murdered.

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VIDEO: GMA 10/15: 2nd Ebola Patient Diagnosed in Dallas

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GMA 10/15: 2nd Ebola Patient Diagnosed in Dallas
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Length: 01:07:26
Aired: 10/15/2014

Health and Human Services Head on 'Full-Court Press' to Fight Ebola; Connecticut State Trooper Kills Alleged Casino Bus-Stabber watch

VIDEO: Mike's Graduation

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Mike's Graduation
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Length: 19:11:45
Aired: 3/16/1974

Mike graduates from college, an occasion that to Archie means Mike will soon be moving out of the house. watch

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Sherman Hemsley Discusses His Screen Test for Norman Lear
TV Legend has no time to binge watch
All In The Family
Only Privately Owned Copy of the Declaration of Independence Goes on Road Trip

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Pete Seeger: The Power of Song
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Way Past Cool

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Everybody Loves Raymond: The First Six Years

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Credits

Year Title Description
2009 Make 'Em Laugh TV Show Series, Remarks by
2007 Pete Seeger Movie, Exec. Producer
2003 Way Past Cool Movie, Exec. Producer
1992 The Powers That Be TV Show Series, Executive Producer
1992 Color Adjustment Movie, Actor

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How Scripted TV Is Covering the Election

Norman Lear's ears must be burning. Rather than shy away from the most contentious presidential race in recent memory, a handful of TV shows are addressing the November election head-on — all while using Lear's groundbreaking 1970s sitcoms, like All in the Family, as a template for how to incorporate politics.... read more

Shonda Rhimes and the Private Practice Cast Celebrate 100!

When Private Practice spun off from Grey's Anatomy in 2007, few thought it would make it this long — including the brain trust behind the series — but on Tuesday night, the ABC medical drama will hit 100 episodes, a rare feat in television these days. 

Private Practice Gallery: The cast shares their favorite episodes

"For me, I think it's amazing that something that spun off of something ended up being so successful," creator Shonda Rhimes tells TVGuide.com. "I'm... read more

Keck's Exclusives: One Day at a Time Vet to Guest on Hot in Cleveland

This past April's TV Land Awards reunited the cast of the 1975-84 Norman Lear sitcom One Day at a Time. During the reunion, Valerie Bertinelli told me she was campaigning hard for her old co-star Pat Harrington Jr. (a.k.a. Dwayne Schneider) to guest star on her current TV Land sitcom, Hot in Cleveland. read more

Are You There, God? Glee's Twist on Faith

When Ryan Murphy was an altar boy, he was obsessed with the Shroud of Turin, a centuries-old piece of cloth said to bear the face of Jesus. On Tuesday's episode of Glee, Finn will see God in his grilled cheese sandwich. (He proceeds to ask the "Cheesy Lord" to grant him three wishes.)

Having the glee club wrestle with matters of faith could be controversial. Outside of 7th Heaven and similarly earnest shows, religion is a rare presence in primetime television. Could Glee, with its brand of biting, often politically incorrect humor, be sensitive enough to do justice to the hot-button topic?

On the surface, Finn's divine discovery is just another way to mock the sweetly dim character. But in the same episode, Glee delves deeper into serious questions of faith when a tragedy prompts Kurt to reveal that he doesn't believe in God... read more

Outlaw's David Ramsey: Justice Isn't Red or Blue, but Someplace in the Middle

If Outlaw's Cyrus Garza is on one side of a case, then best friend Al Druzinsky is on the other — even though they're on the same team. David Ramsey, who plays Druzinsky, tells TVGuide.com that although Garza, played by Jimmy Smits, may be conservative and Druzinsky liberal, the new NBC series is not about Red States vs. Blue States. Ramsey talks about why highly politicized, current legal issues make the show relevant, and how he hopes it'll open up people to conservations.

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