Norman Lear, TV Extraordinaire, Passes Away at 101

UNSPECIFIED - MARCH 04: In this screengrab, Caucus Co-founder Norman Lear makes a special appearance at The Caucus of Producers, Writers and Directors 38th Annual Caucus Awards Gala on March 4, 2021.
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Norman Lear, TV legend, passed away at 101 years old. 

Lear was known as the man who revolutionized American television starting in the early 70s with shows such as “Sanford and Son,” and “All in the Family.” His publicist confirmed that Lear died of natural causes in his Los Angeles home. A small and private service will happen in the coming days. 

The Lear family said, “Thank you for the moving outpouring of love and support in honor of our wonderful husband, father, and grandfather.” The statement also said, “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.”

Norman Lear became the first to acknowledge the serious issues that continue to happen in today’s society. His shows touched on topics such as homosexuality, racism, abortion, and political, social, and cultural issues. 

After the success of his first two shows, Lear went on to create “One Day at a Time,” “Diff’rent Strokes,” and so much more. He has also had some big-time movie credits attached to his name. The movies included, “Stand By Me,” “The Princess Bride,” and “Fried Green Tomatoes,” as well as other classics. 

Throughout his career, Norman Lear has won multiple awards and received various honors. He was placed in the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame, was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Producers Guild of America, and was the recipient of the 1999 National Medal of Arts. In 2017, he was honored at the Kennedy Center Honors. 

We will keep his family and loved ones in our thoughts and prayers. What was your favorite show or movie created by Norman Lear?