Global Conference 2017

Speaker's Biography

Norman Lear

Chairman, Act III Communications; Founder, People for the American Way


Lear is the producer of groundbreaking television shows such as "All in the Family," "The Jeffersons," "Maude," "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman," "One Day at a Time," "Good Times," and the 2017 Netflix remake of "One Day at a Time," among many others. His memoir, "Even This I Get to Experience", released in 2015 by Penguin Press, provides an inside look at the advent of television from one of the industry's most transformative players. The PBS American Masters biography, "Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You," released in the fall of 2016, can be found on PBS and Netflix. Lear is a World War II veteran, has received four Emmy awards, a Peabody award, and was awarded a National Medal of Arts by President Clinton. He has founded three organizations, People for the American Way, The Business Enterprise Trust, and the Environmental Media Center. Lear's memoir has been profiled by The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and NPR. He is married to Lyn Davis Lear and has six children and four grandchildren.

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