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Wed Dec 6, 2023, 09:06 AM Dec 6

Norman Lear, TV Legend, Dies at 101 [View all]

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Source: Variety.com


Writer-producer-developer Norman Lear, who revolutionized American comedy with such daring, immensely popular early-'70s sitcoms as "All in the Family" and "Sanford and Son," died on Tuesday. He was 101.

Lear's publicist confirmed to Variety that he died at his home in Los Angeles of natural causes. A private service for immediate family will be held in the coming days.

"Thank you for the moving outpouring of love and support in honor of our wonderful husband, father, and grandfather," Lear's family said in a statement. "Norman lived a life of creativity, tenacity, and empathy. He deeply loved our country and spent a lifetime helping to preserve its founding ideals of justice and equality for all. Knowing and loving him has been the greatest of gifts. We ask for your understanding as we mourn privately in celebration of this remarkable human being."


Lear's shows were the first to address the serious political, cultural and social flashpoints of the day - racism, abortion, homosexuality, the Vietnam war -- by working pointed new wrinkles into the standard domestic comedy formula. No subject was taboo: Two 1977 episodes of "All in the Family" revolved around the attempted rape of lead character Archie Bunker's wife Edith.

Read more: https://variety.com/2023/tv/news/norman-lear-dead-dies-tv-legend-all-in-the-family-1235823995/https://variety.com/2023/tv/news/norman-lear-dead-dies-tv-legend-all-in-the-family-1235823995/

"Legend" doesn't really say enough. We owe him a lot for the maturity of TV.


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Was just going to post this. Very sad news. highplainsdem Dec 6 #1
A US Army Air Corp vet he flew 52 mission over Germany on a B-17. Historic NY Dec 6 #2
"" i was in school still when all in the fam and sanford and son hit the air. AllaN01Bear Dec 6 #3
Damn. 50 Shades Of Blue Dec 6 #4
I grew up on his shows. Susan Calvin Dec 6 #5
As a child during the 1970s Xavier Breath Dec 6 #6
Lear's off-screen activism was also important. Eugene Dec 6 #7
I've been a longtime contributor to PFAW. Wednesdays Dec 6 #17
RIP. ms liberty Dec 6 #8
R.I.P. Marthe48 Dec 6 #9
Rest in power, brave spirit. niyad Dec 6 #10
Rest in light, Mr Lear. You spoke truth to power. sarge43 Dec 6 #11
Thanks for all you did. People loved you. Who could ask for more. twodogsbarking Dec 6 #12
Incredible legacy. He made America better. n/t SpankMe Dec 6 #13
Liberal activist: founded People for the American Way, created Archie Bunker, Maude, George Jefferson andym Dec 6 #14
He created brilliant characters The Contrarian Dec 6 #15
Wow. BumRushDaShow Dec 6 #16
ificandream............ Upthevibe Dec 6 #18
Truly great Wild blueberry Dec 6 #19
America and the world lost a gift. He as a man way ahead of his time. sjr2323 Dec 6 #20
Peace and thank you for all the laughs and insights world wide wally Dec 6 #21
His shows had such a major impact on our society. IrishAfricanAmerican Dec 6 #22
This country benefited from this man's BigmanPigman Dec 6 #23
Post removed Post removed Dec 7 #25
Volcron, what kind of pizza do you like? irisblue Dec 7 #26
This guy is posting rightwing garbage all over on DU. Swede Dec 7 #28
Not anymore. marble falls Dec 7 #29
Good riddance. Swede Dec 7 #30
You double posted the URL SouthBayDem Dec 6 #24
RIP Mr. Lear bdamomma Dec 7 #27
Rest in Power, and Peace, Mr Lear. And ty! electric_blue68 Dec 7 #31
Thought this bit O news was interesting.....Lear was said to have stolen some ideas from a Eric Monte a kennedy Dec 8 #32
President Biden is attending Shiva service for Norman Lear LetMyPeopleVote Dec 9 #33
May Norman Lear Rest in Peace and May his Memory be a Blessing. iluvtennis Dec 9 #34
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