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November 30, 1991 | By Jay Sharbutt, Associated Press Inquirer wire services contributed to this report
For some producers, a new series isn't quite like a second marriage, the triumph of hope over experience. Consider Norman Lear. In the '70s, he came forth with such network hits as All in the Family and Maude, hailed then as landmarks in social sitcommentary, and Sanford and Son, Good Times and The Jeffersons. He produced some attention-getting syndicated series, too - such as Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, a takeoff on soap operas, and Fernwood 2-Night, a talk- show spoof now rerun on cable's Nick at Nite (2 a.m. weeknights)
NEWS
October 17, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
*  EVEN THIS I GET TO EXPERIENCE. By Norman Lear. Penguin Press. NORMAN LEAR'S led a big life, and at 92, he's ready to talk about it. The legendary producer and activist, whose 1970s taboo-busting comedy "All in the Family" was the first in a string of Lear-produced hits that included "Maude" and "Sanford and Son," has a new project, a memoir he's called Even This I Get to Experience. "It's the first time I've written thoroughly about myself. Although I have learned in the course of the years that I was writing about myself and putting it other characters," said Lear in a phone interview Tuesday.
NEWS
October 17, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
The title of Norman Lear's new memoir, Even This I Get to Experience , doesn't exactly roll off the tongue. What's this this the visionary creator of All in The Family and The Jeffersons gets to experience? Can we have it, too? The phrase, Lear said, is a sort of mantra. Speaking on the phone from a book-tour stop in Washington, D.C., Lear says he's been able to get through life's challenges, disappointments, and tragedies by remembering that even the worst event is an experience, an opportunity for learning, for growing.
NEWS
June 5, 2012
THE MOST RECENT recipients of the Marian Anderson Award are actress Mia Farrow in 2011, actor and comedian Bill Cosby in 2010, author Maya Angelou and screenwriter Norman Lear in 2008, actor Richard Gere in 2007 and actor Sidney Poitier in 2006. No award was given in 2009. n
NEWS
November 18, 2008
Congratulations to Maya Angelou and Norman Lear, who shared the 10th annual Marian Anderson Award at a gala in Philadelphia last night. The award - named for the late South Philadelphia contralto who was the first African American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera - honors entertainers who work for social change. Angelou, 80, a poet, actress and civil rights activist, has written many plays, books and poetry. She is perhaps best known for her memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
NEWS
May 21, 2005 | By Stephan Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Only 25 copies of the original broadside printing of the Declaration of Independence are known to exist. One of them, owned by television producer Norman Lear, will be displayed at the National Constitution Center next weekend, Friday through Memorial Day. The opening of the display coincides with a breakfast program that the center has put together featuring David McCullough, author of the new book 1776. The Lear Declaration is one of the 25 known remaining copies of the 200 or so printed by John Dunlop of Philadelphia, who received the freshly passed document from the Continental Congress.
NEWS
August 5, 2010
Bernie West, 92, a writer and producer on such TV shows as All in the Family, The Jeffersons , and Three's Company during a wide-ranging show-business career, died Thursday at his home in Beverly Hills of complications from Alzheimer's disease. Mr. West started as a vaudeville and nightclub performer after graduating from college and acted on stage and early television before turning to writing and producing. His television credits included Car 54, Where Are You? in 1961 and The Gary Moore Show in 1964.
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January 31, 2012 | LOS ANGELES TIMES
LOS ANGELES - As a top television comedy director who won an Emmy directing "The Dick Van Dyke Show" in the early 1960s, John Rich was faced with a tough choice in 1970. On the same day he received a phone call from Mary Tyler Moore wanting to set up a meeting to discuss his directing the initial episode of her new TV series, he got a call from Norman Lear who wanted to send him a script for a pilot. Rich was impressed with both scripts, but he was shocked by the "unusually explicit language" he found in Lear's offering.
NEWS
November 18, 2008 | By Carrie Rickey INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
"Maya Angelou makes me cry," the filmmaker Jonathan Demme said of the poet and co-recipient of the Marian Anderson Award, bestowed at a Kimmel Center gala last night. "And Norman Lear makes me crack up," Demme noted of Angelou's co-honoree, the TV pioneer and social activist. The event was star-studded and politically connected. Harry Belafonte, the first recipient of the award given in the name of the Philadelphia contralto who used her art in the service of social justice, sat for dinner with Demme and Judge Marjorie O. Rendell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
NEWS
December 16, 1993 | BY CAL THOMAS
How predictable. After the carnage on the Long Island Rail Road commuter train last week, politicians called for more laws to address the growing incidence of crimes against innocent humanity. Congress and the 50 state legislatures pass more laws every year than used to be passed in the lifetime of an average citizen. Each anti-crime bill is styled as tougher than previous ones - yet crime increases and people are more afraid. The lawless do not respect laws. If they did, crime would have declined by now in the legislative and rhetorical avalanche.
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October 17, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
The title of Norman Lear's new memoir, Even This I Get to Experience , doesn't exactly roll off the tongue. What's this this the visionary creator of All in The Family and The Jeffersons gets to experience? Can we have it, too? The phrase, Lear said, is a sort of mantra. Speaking on the phone from a book-tour stop in Washington, D.C., Lear says he's been able to get through life's challenges, disappointments, and tragedies by remembering that even the worst event is an experience, an opportunity for learning, for growing.
NEWS
October 17, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
*  EVEN THIS I GET TO EXPERIENCE. By Norman Lear. Penguin Press. NORMAN LEAR'S led a big life, and at 92, he's ready to talk about it. The legendary producer and activist, whose 1970s taboo-busting comedy "All in the Family" was the first in a string of Lear-produced hits that included "Maude" and "Sanford and Son," has a new project, a memoir he's called Even This I Get to Experience. "It's the first time I've written thoroughly about myself. Although I have learned in the course of the years that I was writing about myself and putting it other characters," said Lear in a phone interview Tuesday.
NEWS
June 3, 2013 | By Jake Pearson, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Jean Stapleton, 90, the stage-trained character actress who played Archie Bunker's far better half, the sweetly naive Edith, in the groundbreaking 1970s TV comedy All in the Family , has died. Ms. Stapleton died Friday of natural causes at her home surrounded by friends and family, her children said Saturday. Little known to the public before All In the Family , she costarred with Carroll O'Connor in the top-rated CBS sitcom about an unrepentant bigot, the wife he churlishly but fondly called "Dingbat," their daughter, Gloria (Sally Struthers)
NEWS
March 3, 2013 | By Frazier Moore, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Bonnie Franklin, 69, the pert, redheaded actress whom millions came to identify with for her role as divorced mom Ann Romano on the long-running sitcom One Day at a Time , died Friday at her home in Los Angeles due to complications from pancreatic cancer. Ms. Franklin was a veteran stage and television performer before One Day At a Time made her a star. Developed by Norman Lear and cocreated by Whitney Blake - herself a former sitcom star and single mother raising future actress Meredith Baxter - the series was groundbreaking for its focus on a young divorced mother seeking independence from a suffocating marriage.
NEWS
June 5, 2012
THE MOST RECENT recipients of the Marian Anderson Award are actress Mia Farrow in 2011, actor and comedian Bill Cosby in 2010, author Maya Angelou and screenwriter Norman Lear in 2008, actor Richard Gere in 2007 and actor Sidney Poitier in 2006. No award was given in 2009. n
NEWS
January 31, 2012 | LOS ANGELES TIMES
LOS ANGELES - As a top television comedy director who won an Emmy directing "The Dick Van Dyke Show" in the early 1960s, John Rich was faced with a tough choice in 1970. On the same day he received a phone call from Mary Tyler Moore wanting to set up a meeting to discuss his directing the initial episode of her new TV series, he got a call from Norman Lear who wanted to send him a script for a pilot. Rich was impressed with both scripts, but he was shocked by the "unusually explicit language" he found in Lear's offering.
NEWS
August 5, 2010
Bernie West, 92, a writer and producer on such TV shows as All in the Family, The Jeffersons , and Three's Company during a wide-ranging show-business career, died Thursday at his home in Beverly Hills of complications from Alzheimer's disease. Mr. West started as a vaudeville and nightclub performer after graduating from college and acted on stage and early television before turning to writing and producing. His television credits included Car 54, Where Are You? in 1961 and The Gary Moore Show in 1964.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 2009 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Four decades may have passed since it premiered Jan. 12, 1971, on CBS, but All in the Family can shock even today's most sophisticated or jaded viewers. More shocking perhaps, Norman Lear's revolutionary sitcom still has the power to make you think even as you fall over laughing. That's a rarity, given the dearth of thoughtful fare on the tube. The first season of Family is included in the massive, 19-disc boxed set The Norman Lear TV Collection from Sony (www.sonypictures.
NEWS
November 18, 2008 | By Carrie Rickey INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
"Maya Angelou makes me cry," the filmmaker Jonathan Demme said of the poet and co-recipient of the Marian Anderson Award, bestowed at a Kimmel Center gala last night. "And Norman Lear makes me crack up," Demme noted of Angelou's co-honoree, the TV pioneer and social activist. The event was star-studded and politically connected. Harry Belafonte, the first recipient of the award given in the name of the Philadelphia contralto who used her art in the service of social justice, sat for dinner with Demme and Judge Marjorie O. Rendell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
NEWS
November 18, 2008
Congratulations to Maya Angelou and Norman Lear, who shared the 10th annual Marian Anderson Award at a gala in Philadelphia last night. The award - named for the late South Philadelphia contralto who was the first African American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera - honors entertainers who work for social change. Angelou, 80, a poet, actress and civil rights activist, has written many plays, books and poetry. She is perhaps best known for her memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
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