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Norman Lear

Ryan Murphy To Honor TV Legend At Emmys

AP | CHARLES J. GANS | Posted 01.18.2013 | TV

NEW YORK — "Glee" co-creator Ryan Murphy didn't hesitate when given a chance to pay tribute to his American idol, legendary TV producer Norman L...

Hooray for Hollywood

Stanley K. Sheinbaum | Posted 01.13.2013 | Books
Stanley K. Sheinbaum

"It's true that the Hollywood community was (and is) sort of genially Democratic, but in the early '70s, their political activism had not yet been organized into effective fund raising."

Norman Lear and Robert Rauschenberg

Anna McCarthy | Posted 01.12.2013 | Arts
Anna McCarthy

Although much of his career is defined by television comedy, Norman Lear does not come off as a jokester. He is a careful listener, and when he speaks he uses precise gestures that complement his complete-sentence style of talking.

"Bein' Green": A Colorful Playlist for the 22nd Annual Environmental Media Awards

David Wild | Posted 11.27.2012 | Entertainment
David Wild

Since 1991, The Environmental Media Awards have honored those who use the red hot glare of popular art to further this worthy cause. There will be a lot of big stars there -- all of whom realize that we better make sure we can keep seeing the real stars in the sky.

Norman Lear Presents Theatre West Award to Beau Bridges!

Jay Weston | Posted 11.18.2012 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

Beau Bridges was a young actor who had only appeared in a few television shows and a small movie when, in 1968, I cast him in a top supporting role in my production of For Love of Ivy. There was something magical about young Beau.

Can't Take A Hint: A Conversation With Harry Shearer, Plus Anaïs Mitchell, Imelda May and Tracy Newman

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.30.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna


Celebrate Norman Lear's 90 Years In 90 Seconds

Posted 07.28.2012 | TV

TV pioneer Norman Lear celebrated his 90th birthday at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC on Thursday night, and now we can all celebrate his legacy ...

PHOTOS: Norman Lear's 90th Birthday Party

The Huffington Post | Posted 06.23.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The creator of "All In The Family," "Good Times," "The Jeffersons" and more sitcoms that shaped the American television landscape, Norma...

Six Pieces Of Wisdom And Advice For College Grads, Inspired By And Borrowed From Norman Lear

Caty Borum Chattoo | Posted 07.11.2012 | College
Caty Borum Chattoo

So much of my "wisdom" or, more accurately, just "stuff that I say," comes from the actual wisdom of the great mentor of my life, the incomparable Norman Lear. Graduation season is the perfect time to share Norman's "Norman-isms."

The Photographs Of Your Junk (Will Be Publicized)

Posted 01.09.2012 | Home

2011 was a year of Lohan/Kardashian/Weiner-type scandals that should have been a blip on our radar, but instead overwhelmed our social consciousness. ...

My Start in Television

Norman Lear | Posted 02.12.2012 | TV
Norman Lear

My writing partner Ed Simmons and I were living in L.A. with our families in the summer of 1950, selling living room furniture door to door to support ourselves while trying to break into show business.

Sasha Bronner

'Same-Sex Marriage Has Not Ruined Anyone Else's Marriage' | Sasha Bronner | Posted 12.08.2011 | Los Angeles

Monday night at the sparkling Beverly Wilshire Hotel proved to be a love-fest. Hollywood's best and brightest came out to celebrate television leg...

"What You Talkin' Bout, Willard?"

Norman Lear | Posted 10.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Lear

"What you talkin' bout, Willard?" Absent a profanity, I don't know a better reaction to Romney's declaration 
that "corporations are people".

Pass the Blame, Pass the Center, Head for the Truth

Carol Smaldino | Posted 10.04.2011 | Politics
Carol Smaldino

Maybe part of the issue is our own complicity by getting depressed rather than angry.

Los Angeles Power Couples: The Essential List (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Lucy Blodgett | Posted 07.06.2011 | Los Angeles

Los Angeles loves its stars -- and if they come in pairs, all the better. But this list doesn't focus on couples like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie; in...

The Body Needs Burgers

Cheryl Carlesimo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Cheryl Carlesimo

There's something completely satisfying about a great burger. It has a lot of those tastes that the human animal craves.

PHOTOS: Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban Celebrate Carole Bayer Sager's New Exhibit

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Carole Bayer Sager was surrounded by family and friends last night for a private reception at the West Hollywood gallery LA Art House. Her new exhibit...

Chelsea Handler Presents 'Bill Of Rights' Award At ACLU Dinner

Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 05.26.2011 | Los Angeles

On Monday, Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer was honored for his longtime support of human rights and civil liberties by the ACLU of Southern Califor...

Springerized America: How Reality & Tabloid TV Corrupts Our Politics & Media

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Brian Ross

Reality and tabloid television are a social virus that has infected the American body politic. In the 1980s, "I'm with Stupid" was a put-down. In 20...

2010 Workers' Voice Awards: Worker Worthy Pop Culture Standouts

Wyatt Closs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Wyatt Closs

Wanna honor Labor Day but not work at it? Check out any of these pop culture expressions from the last year. Just in time for your nod to Labor Day, ...


Wyatt Closs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Wyatt Closs

I have a fantasy where Norman Lear gets in a room with Seth MacFarlane and JJ Abrams and Tyler Perry, does a roundhouse kick Billy Jack style and boom...

Breaking News: The 30/10 Initiative Is a National Story

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Let's close the 30/10 deal by being so united in our support that it is on the front page and everyone in Washington knows what we're talking about and asking for.

The Sound of Service: It's Time to Bring MusicianCorps to LA

Jonathan Greenblatt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jonathan Greenblatt

I attended a briefing this past week that still has me glowing with inspiration. It was a reminder of the miraculous potential of service and the raw power of music.

Louis C.K.'s "Louie" Succeeds When It's Political

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Andrea Chalupa

The show relies on gag-riddled skits to show the awkwardness and abuse that comes with making this major life transition, but only succeeds when Louis C.K. goes Norman Lear on us.

An A-List Publicist's Take on Fame: Less is More and Other Words of Wisdom

Nancy Doyle Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Nancy Doyle Palmer

There's a good reason why we aren't hearing from Sandra Bullock these days. "It's impossible to just say a few words," says veteran public relations s...