On September 22nd, ABC will air a special to honor Norman Lear on the occasion of his 100th birthday. When Norman Lear and his celebrity guests arrived at the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel earlier this month to film “Norman Lear: 100 Years of Music and Laughter,” I was there to do exclusive interviews with them.
Laughter, according to Lear, who turned 100 on July 27, is the secret to a long life. Equally crucial, he stressed to me, is focusing on the here and now. We don’t give the phrases “over” and “next” enough consideration, he said. When one thing ends, we all move on to the next. I think the greatest way I can describe being present is as a hammock suspended in the middle of life.
Who Is Norman Lear?
American film and television producer, writer, and screenwriter Norman Milton Lear (born July 27, 1922) are responsible for more than a hundred original series. All in the Family, Maude, Sanford and Son, One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons, and Good Times are just a few of Lear’s award-winning sitcoms from the ’70s.
The 2017 adaptation of One Day at a Time and the 2022 Netflix revival of Good Times are just two examples of Lear’s ongoing involvement in television production. Lear has been honored with a plethora of accolades during his career, including the National Medal of Arts, the Kennedy Center Honors, and five Emmys. The Television Academy inducted him into its Hall of Fame.
Early Life and Education
Jeanette (née Seicol) and Hyman “Herman” Lear, a traveling salesman, gave birth to Lear in New Haven, Connecticut. In addition to his parents, he also had a younger sister named Claire Lear Brown (1925–2015). Lear had a Bar Mitzvah because he was raised in a Jewish environment in Connecticut.
His Russian father and Ukrainian mom had different backgrounds. Lear’s dad went to jail for peddling phony bonds when he was nine years old and the family was living in Chelsea, Massachusetts. Lear described his father as a “rascal” and claimed that he drew inspiration for the show’s white Protestant character Archie Bunker from his own father, while Edith Bunker was based on Lear’s mother.
Lear Went Into Public Relations After Wwii. His Uncle Jack Was a Major Influence on His Career Path “jack, My Dad’s Brother, Used to Always Give Me a Quarter when We Saw Each Other. Because He Was a Pr Guru, I Resolved to Follow in His Footsteps. for Me, that Was the Only Example of What to Do. All I Ever Wanted to Be When I Grew up Was an Adult Who Could Give My Nephew a Quarter.”Lear Packed up His Daughter and Drove Across the Country to California so He Could Start Again in The Public Relations Industry.
Lear Saw a Presentation of Major Barbara by George Bernard Shaw on His First Night in Los Angeles at The Circle Theater, a Theater-In-The-Round Off Sunset Boulevard with Seating for 90. Sydney Chaplin, the Son of Charlie Chaplin and Lita Grey, Also Appeared in The Play. He Was Seated in Front of Chaplin, Alan Mowbray, and Dame Gladys Cooper, and Chaplin Gave a Performance After the Show Ended.
Elaine, Lear’s First Cousin, Was Married to Aspiring Comedy Writer Ed Simmons in Los Angeles. Simmons and Lear Worked Together to Promote the Gans Brothers’ Line of Home Furniture and Eventually Sold Family Photographs Through the Same Method. Throughout the 1950s, Martin and Lewis, Rowan and Martin, and Others Relied on Lear and Simmons to Provide Comic Skits for Their Television Appearances.
When Todd Bridges, Then 11 Years Old, Auditioned for The Tv Show “Different Strokes,” Norman Polmar Asked Him Whether He Was Ready to “Have Fun on The Show.” So, I Agreed with Them and Said, “yeah.” I Was the Pure Set-Up Guy for Gary Coleman, and The Rest, as They Say, Is History, Because He Told Me What I Had to Do.
The Role of Tootie in “facts of Life” Made Kim Fields a Household Name, Although She and Her Family Had Known Lear for A Long Time Before the Show Even Aired. as A Matter of Fact, Fields Calls Him “uncle Norman.” “I First Met Him when My Mother [actor Chip Fields] Produced a Landmark Series of Episodes on ‘good Times‘ About Child Abuse,” Fields Remarked.
According to Highincomesource.Com, Norman Lear Will Have an Estimated Net Worth of $200 Million in 2022. the Bulk of Lear’s Wealth Comes from His Two Production Companies: T.A.T. Communications, One of The Most Successful Producers of Prime-Time Television Entertainment in The 1970s, and Act Iii Communications, Which Produced a String of Successful Movies in The 1980s, Including Rob Reiner‘s the Sure Thing, Stand by Me, and The Princess Bride.
Also, in 1985, Lear Traded Millions of Dollars Worth of Shares in The Coca-Cola Company for Columbia Pictures’ Acquisition of Avco Embassy Pictures. Anthony Anderson, Star of “black-Ish,” Sang in The Live Tv Version of “all in The Family.” when “black-Ish” Was Being Put Together, He and Kenya Barris Discussed Their Shared Influences, Including “all in Family,”
“The Jeffersons,” “Good Times,” “Maude,” and “Facts of Life.” All those performances with their social criticism and such still have a place in today’s culture; that was the brilliance of what he created. Everything about them made an impression and continues to do so.