Screenwriter Norman Lear, author of one of the most popular American series, has died

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The famous American screenwriter and producer Norman Lear died at the age of 101 at his home in Los Angeles. His death was confirmed by a representative of the family, reports "Variety".

"Norman lived a life full of awe of the world around him. Every morning he admired his cup of coffee, the shape of the tree outside his window and the sounds of beautiful music. But it was the people, those he had just met and those he had known for decades, who forever held his mind and heart," his family wrote in a statement.

Lear was known for creating and producing a number of popular sitcoms of the 1970s, including All in the Family, Maude, Sanford and Son, One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons and Good Times ". He has produced, written and created more than 100 series.

Norman Lear was born on July 27, 1922 in New Haven, in a family of Jews of Russian origin. He first enrolled at Boston's Emerson College, then dropped out to join the US Air Force. In 1942, he served as a radio operator and fighter pilot of B-17 bombers in operations in Europe.

After the end of World War II, Norman Lear moved to Los Angeles. And very soon he started writing scripts in the heart of Hollywood.

He soon began receiving entertainment show orders from Martha Raye, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Celeste Holm and George Goebel, and during the sixties he began making TV specials starring Bobby Darin, Danny Kaye, Andy Williams and Henry Fonda.

He also tried his hand at theater and TV dramas, and as an excellent screenwriter of comedies, he was nominated for an Oscar in 1968 for the screenplay he wrote based on Robert Kaufman's story - "Divorce the American Way".

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