Norman Lear, Producer of ‘All in the Family,’ Dead at 101

Norman Lear, Producer of ‘All in the Family,’ Dead at 101

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One of the most prolific produces in the United States television history, Norman Lear, has died; he was 101 years old.

In a statement from his family, it said Lear deeply loved the US and discovered a passion for writing the real lives of Americans.

Lear dropped out of Boston’s Emerson College in 1942 to join the military. He later served in World War II as a B-17 radio operator and gunner.

Flew 52 combat missions, he was awarded the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters.

In 1950, Lear’s television career started when he and Ed Simmons, his writing partner, got a job writing for The Ford Star Revue.

Interestingly, after just four shows, Jerry Lewis recruited the duo to write for him on The Colgate Comedy Hour.

Norman Lear also wrote for the big screen and was nominated for the Academy Award in 1976 for Divorce, American Style.

1970s television belonged to him, beginning with his debut in 1971 All in the Family.

The sitcom marked Lear’s trademark: using comedy to examine hot issues like the Vietnam War, race relations, and abortion.

Experts have said, one of the show’s success secrets was that each of the political sides had someone to cheer for.

Therefore, All in the Family gave Norman Lear a handful of awards, including four Emmys for Best Comedy Series.

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