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Norman Lear


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Birth Name: Norman Lear
Born: 07/27/1922
Birth Place: New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Born on July 27, 1922 in New Haven, CT, Lear was raised by his father, Herman, a salesman, and his mother, Jeannette. Remembered as a jokester while attending Weaver High School in upstate Hartford, Lear landed a full scholarship to Emerson College after winning first prize in the American Legion Oratorical Contest for his take on what the U.S. Constitution meant to him. In 1942, he left college to join the U.S. Army Air Force as a radio operator and gunner aboard a B-17 Flying Fortress. After flying over 50 missions, he was discharged in 1945 and moved to New York City, where he attempted to establish himself in public relations. But he had a rough time as a publicity agent, so Lear took hi... Continue Bio >>


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