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  Lear, Norman
Norman Lear had one of the most powerful and influential careers in the history of U.S. television.
Lear first teamed with Ed Simmons to write comedy (he tells numerous stories relating how he persisted in seeking the attention of comedians like Danny Thomas, trying to convince them he could write their kind of material).
Still, Lear saw the show as depicting "the worst of what was going on in society." At the other end of the spectrum Lear collaborated with Alex Haley and brought a classy drama, Palmerstown, USA, to the air in 1980.
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  Norman Lear - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Norman Lear (born July 27, 1922) is a Jewish-American television writer and producer who produced such popular sitcoms as All in the Family, Sanford and Son, One Day at a Time, Good Times and Maude.
However, Lear was successful as a businessman, especially with his leveraged acquisition vehicle Act III Communications, founded in 1986 and led initially by Tom McGrath (who met Lear while negotiating on behalf of Coca-Cola the acquisition of Lear's old company) and later by Hal Gaba, a former Embassy executive.
Lear is unofficially credited with giving Rob Reiner, son of Carl Reiner (and a star of All in the Family) his start as a director by financing the mockumentary This is Spinal Tap.
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 Norman Lear Center - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Based at the USC Annenberg School for Communication, the Norman Lear Center is a multi-disciplinary research and public policy center exploring implications of the convergence of entertainment, commerce, and society.
The Center is named for benefactor Norman Lear, the social activist and philanthropist, and television producer of such shows as "Maude," "All In The Family," "The Jeffersons," and "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman."
The Norman Lear Center was founded and is directed by Marty Kaplan, associate dean of the USC Annenberg School, who has been a political speechwriter, Hollywood studio executive, and screenwriter-producer.
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 Forum: A Conversation with Norman Lear   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Norman Lear, you are a force of nature and a wonder.
Lear, I wondered why you focus on the Declaration of Independence, which is not part of our basic law, instead of promoting understanding of the Constitution, which is our basic law, and that doesn’t contain any part of the Declaration of Independence.
Lear, that you said that you don’t see the establishment taking responsibility in helping people understand their dual capacities, I think, is one of the symptoms of what we’re seeing -- I think of the prisoners at Abu Ghraib -- and I just wanted to get a comment from both of you.
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 Norman Lear | Participate.net
Norman Lear has enjoyed a long career in television and film, and as a political and social activist and philanthropist.
Lear, noting that “Norman Lear has held up a mirror to American society and changed the way we look at it.” He has the distinction of being among the first seven television pioneers inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame (1984).
Lear is married to Lyn Davis Lear and resides in Los Angeles, California.
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 Norman Lear > backstory > biography
Lear then created and is currently chairman of Act III Communications, a multimedia holding company with interests in the recording, motion picture, broadcasting, publishing, and licensing industries, including Concord Music Group and Village Roadshow Pictures Group.
Lear, noting that “Norman Lear has held up a mirror to American society and changed the way we look at it.” He has the distinction of being among the first seven television pioneers inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame (1984).
Lear is married to Lyn Davis Lear and resides in Los Angeles, California.
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 Norman Lear's Not Laughing
Lear started the Trust to counter what he saw as the extreme shortsightedness of 1980s corporate moguls.
Lear's agenda made it difficult to embrace the Trust, say academic sources: University researchers tend to avoid anything that smacks of advocacy.
Still, Lear hopes that businesspeople were affected in ways that might, years from now, foster change: "My grandfather used to tell me, 'Norman, if you throw a pebble into a pond, physicists will tell you that the lake rises.
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 Liberal producer Norman Lear hopes to register young voters=The Hill.com=   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Norman Lear, the famously liberal creator of the 1970s sitcom “All in the Family,”; is embarking on a national crusade to get young voters to the polls.
Lear will draw on an array of Hollywood celebrities, rock stars, athletes and corporate sponsors to bring his cause to 25 college campuses and register, he hopes, millions of Americans ages 18-29 in time for the 2004 election.
Lear hopes his efforts “energize a new movement of young voters,” says a spokesman.
www.thehill.com /campaign/110503_lear.aspx   (321 words)

  
 Norman Lear information - Search.com
Lear and talent agent Jerry Perenchio founded T.A.T. Communications (T.A.T. stood for "Tokas-Adamn-Tokin", which is Yiddish for "Putting one's butt on the line") in 1975, which co-existed with Tandem Productions and was often referred to in periodicals as Tandem/T.A.T. The Lear organization was one of the most successful independent TV producers of the 1970s.
Lear attempted to return to TV production in the 1990s with the shows Sunday Dinner, The Powers that Be, and 704 Hauser, the last one putting a different family in the house from All in the Family.
However, Lear was successful as a businessman, especially with his leveraged acquisition vehicle Act III Communications, founded in 1986 and led initially by Tom McGrath (who met Lear while negotiating on behalf of Coca-Cola the acquisition of Lear's old company) and later by Hal Gaba, a former Embassy executive.
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 NPR : Norman Lear: Empowering the Youth Vote
In July 2001, Norman Lear announces the kick-off of a three-and-a-half year cross-country tour of the Declaration of Independence.
Morning Edition, November 13, 2003 · Norman Lear, one of Hollywood's leading television and film producers, is launching a drive to encourage young people to vote in next year's election.
Lear cites studies that show the importance of getting young adults to vote as soon as they turn 18.
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 NOW: Printable Transcript - Bill Moyers Interviews Norman Lear | PBS
LEAR: Because I had read that it was going to be auctioned off by Sotheby's, and learned that it was three blocks away in Los Angeles.
LEAR: All men are created equal, endowed by their creator with the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
LEAR: The protection of the individual conscience, of the right to speak, of the right to gather, the right to protest.
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 USATODAY.com - TV icon Norman Lear is goin' down to 'South Park'   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Lear, 80, a TV legend, doesn't need another writing gig, but he doesn't see this as a job.
Lear, who wove political and social issues into his many hits, including Maude and The Jeffersons, says the Emmy-nominated series is both serious and hilarious in the way it "deals with the foolishness of the human condition."
Lear initially was going to help with one episode about a traveling Declaration of Independence display visiting South Park, mirroring a real national program Lear sponsors.
www.usatoday.com /life/television/news/2003-03-17-south-park_x.htm   (697 words)

  
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Lear attended Emerson College in Boston for a short time before leaving school in 1942 to serve as a bomber radio operator during World War II.
This was the first TV show to deal openly with such social issues as race relations, politics, the Vietnam War, and feminism.
In 1981 Lear was planning to produce a movie whose main character was a religious figure, and for research he began watching televangelists like Jerry Falwell, Jimmy Swaggert, and Pat Robertson.
www.discoverthenetwork.org /individualProfile.asp?indid=1945   (777 words)

  
 Norman Lear
Since 1984 I have worked with Norman Lear on a variety of projects involving politics, public policy, cultural change and philanthropy.
After acquiring one of the original printed copies of the Declaration of Independence -- only 25 copies are known to exist, most of which are owned by institutions -- Lear organized a national tour to exhibit the "people's Declaration." The tour was part of a larger effort to promote civic engagement.
Lear founded this center in 2000 to host the multidisciplinary study of entertainment as a force in so many aspects of contemporary culture.
www.bollier.org /lear.htm   (238 words)

  
 Norman Lear Biography and Summary
While much of television's history is filled with banality, writer/producer Norman Lear (born 1922) is credited with enlarging the scope of the medium.
Norman Lear (born July 27, 1922) is a Jewish-American television writer and producer who produced such popular sitcoms as All in the Family, Sanford and Son, One Day at a Time, Good Times and Maude.
I accuse Lear of being a closet scholar.
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 The Norman Lear Picture Pages
After wartime air force service, Lear became a radio and TV comedy writer, gaining his first "fame" when he was publicly fired by Martin and Lewis.
During his glory years, Lear became a convenient target for clean-up-TV brigades and political extremists; he also came under fire from some of his own stars, who accused Lear of stifling their artistic potential.
In the last fifteen years, Norman Lear has been justifiably canonized as a pioneer and innovator in the world of socially conscious television; but his most recent TV projects, such as the very shortlived Sunday Dinner, tend to be sourly reactionary efforts, lacking the cutting-edge brilliance of his best work.
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 An Interview with Norman Lear
Norman Lear is a producer, director, comedy writer, screenwriter, social activist, and philanthropist, best known as the pioneer of candid, socially realistic television programming.
Lear's non-profit activities include founding of People for the American Way, The Business Enterprise Trust, the American Civil Liberties Foundation of Southern California, and most recently, of The Lear Center, a multidisciplinary research and public policy center exploring implications of the convergence of entertainment, commerce, and society.
Lear is married to Lyn Davis Lear and has six children: Maggie, Ellen, Kate, Benjamin, Brianna, and Madeline.
www.aish.com /societyWork/work/An_Interview_with_Norman_Lear.asp   (2240 words)

  
 Truthdig - Reports - Norman Lear: ‘Bring Them to Their Knees’
And, finally, there was “One Day at a Time.”; Although it may not be best remembered for scathing social commentary, this author still keeps it near to her heart—for serenading a single mother living in a small apartment with a laugh track instead of a pity bell.
Sheerly Avni’s conversation with Norman Lear is refreshing and pleasant.
Lear and his ilk unfortunately(unwittingly???) are using the time-worn tactic of shooting(hurling hate-embossed invectives and ad hominums) the messenger...and IGNORING the truth of love and forgiveness of others and understanding we are ALL in need of that…
www.truthdig.com /report/item/20060314_norman_lear   (4095 words)

  
 Norman Lear - Biography, Photos, and more - Moviefone
American writer/director/producer Norman Lear was a graduate of Emerson College.
Norman Lear and fellow crewmembers during WWII are featured in the book "Crew Umbriago" by Daniel P.Carroll(tailgunner) and also in another book 772nd Bomb...
Norman Lear - Filmography, Biography, News, Photos, Birth date, Relationships, Norman Lear Film Clips, and Fun Facts on Moviefone.
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 The Norman Lear Center
Norman Lear, the pioneering television and film producer, political and social activist and philanthropist is being honored by the University of Southern California with the establishment of the Norman Lear Chair in Entertainment, Media and Society, Geoffrey Cowan, dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication announced today.
The inaugural holder of the Norman Lear Chair is Martin Kaplan, founding director of the Norman Lear Center at the USC Annenberg School.
The mantra driving the Lear Center's Grand Avenue Intervention is that effective urban planning requires direct civic engagement by diverse and disparate communities.
blog.learcenter.org   (2891 words)

  
 Norman Lear | The A.V. Club
In the '70s, Norman Lear's name was practically synonomous with television: After his groundbreaking sitcom All In The Family became an Emmy-winner and a runaway hit in 1971, he followed it up with a string of social dramas that redefined TV comedy.
Lear followed it with the spin-offs Maude and The Jeffersons, simultaneously producing shows like Sanford And Son, Good Times, and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, among many others.
He was known for his close involvement with his shows, even at the height of his popularity, when he was working on half a dozen or more programs at once.
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 KLRU: Texas Monthly Talks > Norman Lear > Bio   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Norman Lear, probably best known as the creator of the groundbreaking television series All in the Family, is an accomplished screenwriter, producer, and director, as well as a political and social activist and philanthropist.
Lear began his career in the early 1950s as a comedy writer.
In 2000, Lear and his wife bought one of the few remaining original copies of the Declaration of Independence.
www.klru.org /texasmonthlytalks/archives/lear/bio.asp   (285 words)

  
 Norman Lear — FactMonster.com
Norman Lear was the most influential television producer of the 1970s, scoring a string of hits including
In 1981, Lear left television to found People for the American Way, a lobbying organization that fought against the political right wing, but he returned to the entertainment business in the 1990s.
July 27 Birthdays: Alexandre Dumas - July 27 birthdays: Alexandre Dumas, Norman Lear, Peggy Fleming, Bharati Mukherjee, Leo Durocher
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 Extratv.com : Norman Lear
But in 1971, writer turned producer Norman Lear launched a TV revolution with "All in the Family."
Lear's spin off hit "Maude," featuring TV's first take-charge female lead, pushed the envelope again.
Today, his sitcom career behind him, Lear recently bought a rare original copy of the Declaration of Independence, which he's been featuring on a cross-country tour with the help of some famous friends.
extratv.warnerbros.com /dailynews/extra/07_02/07_02d.html   (284 words)

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