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American legendary TV producer Norman Lear dies at 101

American legendary TV producer Norman Lear dies at 101 Norman Lear (Getty Images)

Renowned TV producer Norman Lear, known for sitcoms such as “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons,” passed away at 101 in his Los Angeles home on Tuesday. Lear's television legacy, marked by a unique blend of comedy and incisive social commentary, dominated 1970s network ratings, CNN reports.

“He began his career in the earliest days of live television and discovered a passion for writing about the real lives of Americans, not a glossy ideal," his family said. "At first, his ideas were met with closed doors and misunderstanding. However, he stuck to his conviction that the ‘foolishness of the human condition’ made great television, and eventually he was heard.”

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Pioneer views in TV sitcoms

With the debut of "All in the Family" in 1971, Lear delved into sensitive issues such as racism, feminism, and social disparities, untouched by others at the time. This Emmy-winning series centered around the Bunker family, portraying the white working class, with its narrow-minded, biased, yet oddly likable patriarch, Archie Bunker.

Lear's legacy extended through popular political spinoffs like "Sanford and Son," "Maude," and "Good Times."

In his 2014 memoir, "Even This I Get to Experience," Lear explained the authenticity of his shows through stories drawn from the real experiences of his writers, emphasizing the importance of connecting with the audience emotionally.

American legendary TV producer Norman Lear dies at 101

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Not only TV producer

Beyond television, Lear left an indelible mark as the executive producer of cult classics like "The Princess Bride" and "Fried Green Tomatoes." He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay for “Divorce American Style.” His political advocacy led to the establishment of People for the American Way, reflecting his outspoken liberal views.

Lear's lasting impact was recognized with honors such as the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1999, induction into the Kennedy Center in 2017, and becoming the oldest Emmy nominee and winner at 97.

White House statement

White House released a statement, noting Lear's notable legacy.

"Norman Lear was a transformational force in American culture, whose trailblazing shows redefined television with courage, conscience, and humor, opening our nation’s eyes and often our hearts," the statement says.

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