October 17, 2014 |
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.
October 17, 2014 |
* 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.
June 3, 2013 |
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)
March 3, 2013 |
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.
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
January 31, 2012 |
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.
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.
June 12, 2009 |
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.
November 18, 2008 |
"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.
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.