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(CNN)’s a look at the life of award-winning Norman Lear, the creator of some of ’s most shows of his , including “ in ,” “Sanford and Son” and “The Jeffersons.”

place: Haven, Connecticut
name: Norman Milton Lear
    Father: Hyman “Herman” Lear, a securities /man
    M: Jeanette (Seicol) Lear
    Marris: Charlotte Rosen, (1943-d); Frances Loeb (1956-1986, d); Lyn Davis (1987-present)
    ren: With Lyn Davis: , Madelne and Benjamin; with Frances Loeb: Maggie and Kate; with Charlotte Rosen:
    Education: Attended Emerson College
    Military service: Served in the Army r Corps, 1942-1945; r Medal recipient
    s:
    Has won four Primetime Emmys out of 14 nominations, plus was inducted into the Academy .
    His works are con groundbreaking because he did not shy away from issues that were controversial at the , including premarital , bigotry, abortion, misogyny and homouality.
    Well-kn to be a . He has written that the character he created who most resembles him is “Maude,” who he sd s “my passion, my social concerns, and my politics.”
    At one point, he had nine on simultaneously.
    in ” was the most comedy on after its son and consistently shows up on polls ing the best shows of .
    in ” had 57 nominations and won 22 of them.
    line:
    1945 – Is hi by and Dorothy Ross as a ist in City, making $40 a week.
    1949 – Moves to with his wife and daughter and works as a freelance comedy .
    1950-1959 – Comedy for .
    1958 – Creates Tandem Productions with “Bud” in.
    1963 – “Come Blow r Horn,” for which Lear wrote the play, is released. It s Frank Sinatra.
    1967 – Writes and produces “ n .” The script receives an Academy Award nomination.
    1968 – Produces the , “The Night They Rded Minsky’s.”
    1970 – Co- of the , “t the Revolution Without Me.”
    January 12, 1971-1979 – in rs on CBS.
    1971 – Produces and directs the movie “C ,” which s Dick Van Dyke.
    1971 – in ” wins a for Outstanding .
    1971-1973 – Wins three consecutive s for Outstanding Comedy for “ in .”
    January 1972-1977 – “Sanford and Son” rs.
    September 1972-1978 – “Maude” rs, the spinoff from “ in .”
    1973 – Becomes of n Civil Liberties Union of Southern .
    1974 – Founds the T.A.T. s (Embassy s) with Jerry Perenchio.
    1974-1979 – “Good s,” a spinoff from “Maude,” rs.
    January 1975-1985 – “The Jeffersons,” an in ” spinoff, rs.
    1975-1984 – of “.”
    1977 – Wins a Personal Peabody Award for creating “ in ,” a “comedy with social con.”
    July 16, 1975 – Receives a on the Hollywood Walk of .
    January 1976-1977 – “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman” rs.
    1979-1983 – “Archie Bunker’s Place,” a spinoff of “ in ,” rs.
    1981 – Founds for the n Way, with Congresswoman Barbara and s. The organization’s goals ucing social tension and polarizations, encouraging participation, fostering understanding among different segments of our society, and increasing the level and quality of dialogue.”
    1982-1983 – “Gloria,” a spinoff of “ in ,” rs.
    1984 – Is inducted into the Academy .
    1985 – He and Jerry Perenchio sell Embassy s to the for $485 million in cash and stock. Founds Act III Productions from the proceeds of the sale.
    1989 – Founds the Enterprise Trust. Its pur is to “eplore specific acts of b, creative ership that combine(d) manment with social con.” Warren Buffett serves on the board of directors.
    September 29, 1999 – Receives the National Medal of the Arts by the National Endowment for the Arts from President Bill Clinton.
    January 2000 – The Norman Lear Center at the Annenberg of s at the University of Southern opens.
    June 2000 – Buys a signed copy of the Declaration of Independence, and in the following years s with it to 50 states on a self-decla “Declaration of Independence Road Trip,” including stops at the 2001 Super Bowl and the 2002 Olympic Games in City. The m is to bring the document directly to the and spark civic activism.
    2003 – Is of Benjamin on South Park’s “I’m a Little Bit Country” episode.
    October 2014 – His memoir, “Even This I Get to Eperience,” is published.
    2016 – “Norman Lear: Just An Version of ,” a biopic of Lear’s life and work, is released.
      August 3, 2017 – Tells the New York Times that he not attend the reception for Kennedy Center honorees in of President Donald Trump.


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