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Norman Lear

Producer, writer
27 July 1922 to 5 December 2023

An American writer and producer, who was presented with BAFTA’s Britannia Award for Excellence in Television in 2019. Norman Lear was nominated for an Oscar for writing the film Divorce American Style (1968), but it was in television that he made his name, earning six Emmy wins and 12 nominations. He was well-known for remaking two UK comedies incredibly popular US series, namely All in the Family (1971-1979), based on Till Death Us Do Part, and Sanford and Son (1972-1977), from Steptoe and Son. Other notable works included Maude (1972-1978), The Jeffersons (1975-1985) and Good Times (1974-1979), among many more.

Read Norman Lear's Guardian obituary

Read Norman Lear's New York Times obituary