Norman Lear is a famous television writer and producer from the United States of America. He is also a World War 11 veteran. He is the mind behind some legendary films like ‘The Jeffersons’, ‘Maude’ and many others. Here are the complete details about career, biography and the net worth of Norman Lear in 2019.
Early life and Biography
His full names are Norman Milton Lear, and he was born in New Haven, Connecticut, the USA on the 27th of July 1922. He was the son of Hyman Lear and Jeanette Lear and a big brother to Claire Lear Brown who passed away in 2015. His father was imprisoned when he was nine years old.
He attended Weaver High School and graduated in 1940. He then enrolled at the Emerson College but studied for only two years and dropped out and joined the Air Force of the United States Army. He served as a radio operator and gunner at the Bombardment Squadron during the second world war.
Lear was married to Charlotte Rosen in 1943. They were later in 1947 blessed with a baby girl by the name of Ellen Lear. The couple however separated and divorced in 1956. Lear then married Frances Lear in 1956. She was the publisher of Lear’s Magazine, and they had two children Maggie Beth and Kate Breckir. The two later divorced in 1986.
In 1987, Lear married Lyn Lear. They got their first child together Benjamin Davis Lear in 1988 and 1994, they got twins Brianna Elizabeth and Madelaine Rose who were born to a surrogate mother.
Career, Awards, and Nominations
Lear was inspired in the public relations field by his uncle who was a press agent after the second world war. He collaborated with Ed Simmons, and they started writing comedies like ‘The Ford Star Review’ which was a big success and it led to them being hired by Jerry Lewis. From there Lear took film production and writing as his career.
He co-founded ‘Tandem Production’ alongside Bud Yorkin, and they produced several films some of which were written by Lear. Their union came to an end in 1975 and Lear joined hands with Jerry Perenchio and started a company by the name of ‘TAT Communications’. The company was also a success and produced films like ‘The Wave’.
Lear took a break from television in the 80s, and he ventured into political activism with the foundation of the ‘People for the American Way’. Years later, he tried a comeback to television but hit a rock. Since then he has not had any breakthrough in his career and currently works as an executive producer for some of his old shows’ reboot.
Through his career, Lear has won various accolades including four Emmy Awards, National Medal of Arts, Human Arts Award, Peabody Award among many others.
Net Worth and Earnings
The multi-talented Lear has an estimated net worth of $55 Million. He has acquired most of his massive wealth from his career as a writer. His production work has also added a considerable amount to his total worth. This value is expected to increase as he still does some work in the film industry.
Norman Lear can be considered today as a legend who has managed to succeed in his diverse career and made a name for himself. Through sheer hard work and dedication, he has achieved a lot and is today listed among the most successful individuals in the world.