[24][25][26][27] Lear and Perenchio split the net proceeds (about $250 million). [6] Lear grew up in a Jewish household in Connecticut and had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony. “I think my wife and me have done a really good job,” he said. American TV writer Norman Lear was born as Norman Milton Lear on  27 July  1922 in New Haven, Connecticut to Russian-born parents. As a political activist, he founded the People for the American Way in 1981 and supported First Amendment rights and progressive causes. [52], In a 2009 interview with US News journalist Dan Gilgoff, Lear rejected claims by the Conservatives and Christians that he either was an atheist or prejudiced against Christianity and maintained that while he did not believe religion should hold influence in politics or any other form of policymaking, he still held religious beliefs and had also integrated some evangelical Christian language into his Born Again American campaign as well. Lear plays the protagonist in the video to "Happy Birthday to Me", the first single from musician and actor Paul Hipp's 2015 album The Remote Distance. [55], In 2001, Lear and his wife, Lyn, purchased a Dunlap broadside—one of the first published copies of the United States Declaration of Independence—for $8.1 million. He got spotlighted in the 2016 documentary Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You. Lear's Act III Communications, founded in 1986 with Tom McGrath as president, produced several notable films, including Rob Reiner's next three films: The Sure Thing, Stand By Me, and The Princess Bride, as well as Fried Green Tomatoes. The Woody Guthrie Prize is given annually to an artist who exemplifies the spirit and life work of Guthrie by speaking for the less fortunate through music, literature, film, dance or other art forms and serving as a positive force for social change in America. More than that — a desire to enchant an audience with my voice. He has blue eyes with salt and pepper hair color. Secrets of 'Three’s Company' Uncovered (Exclusive), Charlotte Rae Takes the Good and Takes the Bad As She Remembers 'The Facts of Life', Eve Announces Exit From 'The Talk' After 4 Seasons, Joyce Bulifant is 'Always Amazed' By 'Mary Tyler Moore Show' Gig, Melissa Peterman Praises Reba McEntire for Being 'Open' About BF Rex Linn, Melissa Peterman Says Reba McEntire Is ‘Really Happy’ With BF Rex Linn, Why Harry and Meghan Are 'Incredibly Excited' for Christmas With Archie, Inside Reba McEntire's New Romance With Rex Linn: 'He’s Her No. In 1989, Lear founded the Business Enterprise Trust, an educational program that used annual awards, business school case studies, and videos to spotlight exemplary social innovations in American business until it ended in 1998.

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