Norman Lear

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Biography

  • 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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Norman Lear Fast Facts:
  • As a high-school senior, won an American Legion oratorical contest for a speech about what the U.S. Constitution meant to him.
  • Was an Army Air Force radioman during WWII; flew 56 missions and received an Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters.
  • Began his show-business career in the early 1950s writing gags for Danny Thomas; later wrote Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin's material for NBC's Colgate Comedy Hour.
  • Modeled Bea Arthur's Maude character after his ex-wife Frances Lear.
  • Cofounded People for the American Way, a civil-liberties advocacy organization, in 1981.
  • Was an inaugural inductee into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1984 (along with Lucille Ball, Milton Berle, Paddy Chayefsky, Edward R. Murrow, William S. Paley and David Sarnoff).
  • Purchased a Dunlap broadside, an original copy of the Declaration of Independence, for $8.1 million in 2001; it has been on display around the U.S. ever since.
  • In 2004, founded Declare Yourself, a nonprofit, nonpartisan campaign to encourage young adults to vote in political elections.
  • In 2009, started the Born Again American campaign, which promotes citizenship and activism.
  • Owns Act III Communications, a multimedia holding company.
  • Supports a variety of nonprofit organizations (including Habitat for Humanity, Heal the Bay and Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles) through the Lear Family Foundation.
  • Norman Lear Relationships:
  • Madeline Rose Lear - Daughter
  • Brianna Elizabeth Lear - Daughter
  • Frances Loeb Lear - Ex-wife
  • Benjamin Davis Lear - Son
  • Herman Lear - Father
  • Maggie B. Lear - Daughter
  • Jeannette Seicol Lear - Mother
  • Charlotte Rosen - Ex-wife
  • Ellen Lear - Daughter
  • Kate B. LaPook - Daughter
  • Lyn Lear - Wife
  • Katey Sagal - Godchild
  • Norman Lear Awards:
  • 1977 Peabody: Personal Award - Winner
  • 1973 Emmy: Outstanding Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1976 Emmy: Outstanding Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1973 Emmy: Outstanding New Series - Nominee
  • 1967 Oscar: Best Writing (Story and Screenplay--written directly for the screen) - Nominee
  • 1971 Emmy: Outstanding Series - Comedy - Winner
  • 1972 Emmy: Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy - Nominee
  • 1991 Emmy: Outstanding Informational Special - Nominee
  • 1971 Emmy: Outstanding New Series - Winner
  • 1972 Emmy: Outstanding Series - Comedy - Winner
  • 1974 Emmy: Outstanding Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1972 Emmy: Outstanding Single Program--Drama or Comedy - Nominee
  • 1973 Emmy: Outstanding Comedy Series - Winner
  • 1982 Emmy: Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program - Nominee
  • 1985 Emmy: Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special - Nominee
  • 1971 Emmy: Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy - Nominee
  • College:
  • Attended Emerson College, Boston, MA

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