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‘Bow to the King’: Honors pour out as legendary TV writer Norman Lear celebrates his 100th birthday

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In a recent interview, Lear explained how people tend to forget about living in the moment

Iconic TV producer and author Norman Lear has accomplished many monumental feats over the course of his career, but nothing has been quite as special as celebrating his 100th birthday. Yes, the legendary figure is celebrating his 100th birthday and looking as radiant as ever. Born on July 27, 1922, Lear was one of the few people who managed to entertain generations of viewers throughout his seven-decade career.

While sharing his feelings about celebrating his 100th birthday, the actor recently shared a beautiful video on Instagram, noting how important it is to live and enjoy the moment. The writer-turned-producer is enjoying a happy vacation in Vermont with loved ones, including his daughter Kate, and recalled a few memories from his work in Hollywood.

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In the video, Lear said, “I’ve had breakfast thoughts and I think my breakfast thought right now…is the moment. Any person who sees me now – some will see me within months of saying this, others will probably see it this year after I say this – but whenever you all see it, that will be the moment in that you do it I see it ’cause that’s the moment I say it. And for me that means living in the moment. The moment between past and present, present and past, the moment between after and next.”

Meanwhile, in an interview with The Washington Post, Lear explained that people don’t pay much attention to words like “before” and “next.” He said: “There are two little words that we don’t pay enough attention to: over and over. When something is over, it’s over and we move on to the next one. Between these words we live in the moment, make the best of it.”

Lear began his career in 1942 by enlisting in the US Army and flew 52 combat missions. After World War II, however, he changed his occupation and began a career in public relations. In the 1950s, the iconic writer began writing comedy sketches for Martin and Lewis and others. Since then, he has written numerous projects that have become classics, including All in the Family, Maude, Sanford and Son, One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons, and Good. Times’. He has won five Emmy Awards and two Peabody Awards, and was among the first seven television pioneers to be inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.

So it’s no shock when people who knew him or worked with him call him “King Lear”. Many celebrities took to social media to wish Lear a happy 100th birthday, including Rob Reiner, who dubbed him a “guide”. He wrote: “I am overwhelmed with personal feelings today. My father, who died two years ago, is honored at the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, NY. Norman Lear, my other father figure, is celebrating his 100th birthday in Vermont with his family. So thankful for these two signposts.”

Michael McKean, star of ‘A Mighty Wind’ and ‘Better Call Saul’, celebrated Lear’s birthday by saying, ‘Norman Lear, ladies and gentlemen. 100 years if it is a day. Cheers!” On the other hand, Rhea Seehorn, who played Kim Wexler in Better Call Saul, called Lear a “legend” before wishing him on his special days. She tweeted, “Happy birthday to the legend, Norman Lee!!!!”

TV host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel also wished Lear on his special day, calling him his “oldest friend.” He wrote: “Happy 100th birthday to (literally) my oldest friend @TheNormanLear. You are everything a man could hope for and I am so fortunate to know you. We demand another 100 years.”

Veteran singer-songwriter and four-time Grammy winner Lionel Richie shared an endearing tribute on Twitter, saying his passion for “creating” is unparalleled. He added: “Legendary is just the beginning of how I would describe Norman Lear. Today we celebrate your kindness, the joy you brought to millions, and your passion for creating. They don’t make her like you anymore. Happy 100th birthday to my dear friend.”

Meanwhile, actress Kim Fields “bowed” to King Lear and wished him a happy birthday. Fields was part of The Fact of Life, a show produced by Lear that made Fields a star. “BOW TO KING LEAR ON HIS 100TH BIRTHDAY!! Sir, you STILL create and move! We are here for all of that! All my love, hugs and kisses (and mommies too!) on our dear, amazing, legendary Mr. Norman Lear on this glorious birthday!!” wrote fields.

Aside from his industry peers and friends, many social media users have wished him happy birthday and thanked him for everything he has done for them over the years. One fan wrote: “America: let’s send a wonderful thank you! To Mr. Norman Lear. Thank you for ANTF, Archie Bunker’s Place, The Jefferson’s, Maude, Good Times, Sanford & Son and TFOL. Happy 100th. So proud of you guys. Get well soon sir.” Another fan tweeted, “Sitcoms are my religion so I can’t let today go by without wishing Norman Lear a happy 100th birthday.” Another fan said, “‘All in the family’ , ‘Good Times’, ‘Sanford & Son’, ‘Jefferson’s’, ‘One Day at a Time’. All Norman Lear shows. The Genius turned 100 today. Happy Birthday Norman Lear. The pleasure was all ours. Many Thanks.”

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