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Norman Lear

Norman Lear


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Born: July 27, 1922 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New Haven, Connecticut, USA Profession: Producer ...


Lear was named Showman of the Year by the Publicist Guild in 1972 and 1977.

He was named Broadcaster of the Year by the International Radio and Television Society in 1973.

Lear received the 1976 Humanitarian Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews

Lear was inducted in to the Television Hall of Fame in 1984.

The "T.A.T." in T.A.T. Communications, Lear's company from 1974-82, comes from a Yiddish expression Tochis Affen Tisch, which idiomatically means "Put up or shut up," but literally means, "put your ass on the table".

"I had no insight into the world of television. But I was so delighted with the material because it was so fresh and good. I thought, 'Wow, this on TV!'" --Jean Stapleton on "All in the Family" quoted in Los Angeles Times, December 2, 1990.

Often said to have writer's block, Lear, instead, told the Los Angeles Times, December 2, 1990, "[I always have] a difficult time getting started on something fresh, which people really close to me, who love me say, 'Give yourself a break; it's the incubation period,' and I'm the one who beats on myself."

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