Legendary TV Producer And Screenwriter Dies At 101

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Legendary TV producer and screenwriter Norman Lear is the man behind TV series including “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons,” “Good Times,” “Maude,” “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman,” “Sanford and Son,” “The Facts of Life” and many more. He also worked on films, including “Fried Green Tomatoes” and “The Princess Bride.” His most recent project was a 2023 documentary called “I Got a Monster.”

Now comes the sad news that Lear’s epic career is officially over. He died on Tuesday, December 5, 2023, at his home in Los Angeles. He was 101 years old, and the cause of death was natural causes.

During Lear’s seven decade career in Hollywood, he won 4 individual Emmy awards for “All in the Family,” 2 Peabody Awards, a National Medal of Arts Award, the Kennedy Center Honors, and a Carol Burnett award at the Golden Globes.

Lear was born in Connecticut and fought in World War II, flying combat missions before starting his career in Hollywood. Before producing TV series, he started writing for TV shows, including “The Colgate Comedy Hour.” He also wrote screenplays for films including “Cold Turkey” and “Come Blow Your Horn.”

In 1984, he was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame. In 1999, President Bill Clinton awarded him the National Medal of Arts, and said of Lear, “Norman Lear has held up a mirror to American society and changed the way we look at it.”

Watch the video below to learn more about Lear’s long and influential TV and film career.

Beyond his career, Lear was also a family man. He was married three times. His first wife was Charlotte Rosen. They tied the knot in 1943, had one child together and later divorced in 1947. His second wife was Frances Lear. They got married in 1956 and had two children together, but their marriage ended in divorce as well in 1986. His third and final wife was Lyn Davis Lear who he married in 1987. They had three children together and their marriage lasted until Lear’s death.

Lear is survived by his wife and children.