The Life And Times Of Norman Lear

Even if you aren’t familiar with the name Norman Lear, there’s no doubt you recognize the work he has produced. The TV writer was hugely successful in the 1970s for shows such as The Jeffersons, All In the Family, and One Day at a Time. The great thing about Lear was that he met controversy head-on and didn’t shy away from hot button topics.

In a few years, Lear will be 100 years old. However, that doesn’t mean he’s twiddling his thumbs in a rocking chair at home. The prolific writer and producer is still working on projects. Read on for some interesting facts about the man behind some of America’s greatest sitcoms.

He Has Ukrainian And Russian Roots

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Norman Milton Lear was born on July 27, 1922, in New Haven, Connecticut. His father, Hyman “Herman” Lear, was a traveling salesman who was also born in Connecticut. His father’s parents came from Russia. Norman’s mother, Jeanette (Seicol) Lear, was born in Elizabethgrad in Kherson Gubernia, Ukraine.

When he was three years old, Norman welcomed a sister into his home, Claire Lear Brown. As a child, he likely had no idea that his talent and skills would make him a powerhouse in Hollywood.