Norman Lear Obituary: Legendary Writer And Film Producer Dead At 101

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Norman Lear obituary has been released as the famous film producer and legendary writer passed away at the age of 101. 

The writer, filmmaker, and producer who introduced topical hits like “All in the Family” and “Maude” to prime-time television and who brought social and political unrest into the previous haven of sitcoms passed away. He was 101 years old.

He peacefully passed away in his sleep on Tuesday night at his Los Angeles home, as confirmed by his family’s spokeswoman, Lara Bergthold.

Lear, a liberal activist with a taste for mass entertainment, created daring and controversial comedies that TV comedy fans, who had to watch the evening news for news updates for a long time, loved.

Norman Lear obituary

Lear’s representative informed Variety that he passed away naturally at his home in Los Angeles. In the upcoming days, the close family will hold a private service.

Furthermore, her family expressed gratitude for the love and support received in memory of their beloved husband, father, and grandfather.

The statement continued, “Norman had a creative, resilient, and empathic existence. He had a great passion for our nation and dedicated his life to upholding its core values of equality and fairness for everyone. The best present of all has been getting to know and love him. We are celebrating this amazing human being and grieving individually. We kindly ask for your understanding.”

Norman’s early life

On July 27, 1922, in New Haven, Connecticut, Norman Milton Lear was born to his parents Hyman “Herman” Lear, a traveling salesman, and Jeanette (née Seicol).

He had a Bar Mitzvah and, moreover, growing up in a Jewish family in Connecticut, he shared his childhood with his sister Claire Lear Brown.

Additionally, in 1940, Lear completed his diploma at Weaver High School in Hartford, Connecticut.

Following that, he joined the US Army Air Forces in 1942, leaving his studies at Boston’s Emerson College. Norman Lear joined the US Army in September of that same year.

Norman Lear Obituary

During World War II, Lear was a radio operator and gunner, flying Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft in the 772nd Bombardment Squadron, stationed in the Mediterranean Theater.

Norman Lear’s major work

Lear created “The Martha Raye Show,” an NBC sitcom. He wrote the opening monologues for “The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show,” an NBC variety show (1956–61).

Henry Fonda starred in the TV series “The Deputy,” created by Lear and Roland Kibbee. Additionally, the show aired from 1959 to 1961.

Lear’s career reached new heights with popular television sitcom series such as “Sanford and Son” (1972–77), “Maude” (1972–78), “Good Times” (1974–79), “The Jeffersons” (1975–85), and “One Day at a Time” (1975–84), along with its spin-off that has been airing since 2017.

Moreover, in 2001, Lear and his spouse Lyn purchased one of the first printed copies of the Declaration of Independence for $8.1 million.

His personal life

Lear and Charlotte Rosen were married from 1943 to 1956. However, in 1947, their daughter Ellen Lear, a sex therapist, was born.

He married Frances Loeb for a second time. Subsequently, their marriage lasted from 1956 to 1986.

According to reports, Frances received one of the highest divorce payments ever recorded, totaling $112 million.

In 1987, Lear married Lyn Davis. Furthermore, their son Benjamin Davis Lear was born on July 10, 1988, as stated in “Even This I Get to Experience.”