The Resource Even This I Get to Experience, Norman Lear, (electronic resource)

Even This I Get to Experience, Norman Lear, (electronic resource)

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Even This I Get to Experience
Title
Even This I Get to Experience
Statement of responsibility
Norman Lear
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Language
eng
Summary
"This is, flat out, one of the best Hollywood memoirs ever written... An absolute treasure." ? Booklist (STARRED) In my ninety-plus years I've lived a multitude of lives. In the course of all these lives, I had a front-row seat at the birth of television; wrote, produced, created, or developed more than a hundred shows; had nine on the air at the same time; founded the 300,000-member liberal advocacy group People For the American Way; was labeled the "no. 1 enemy of the American family" by Jerry Falwell; made it onto Richard Nixon's "Enemies List"; was presented with the National Medal of the Arts by President Clinton; purchased an original copy of the Declaration of Independence and toured it for ten years in all fifty states; blew a fortune in a series of bad investments in failing businesses; and reached a point where I was informed we might even have to sell our home. Having heard that we'd fallen into such dire straits, my son-in-law phoned me and asked how I was feeling. My answer was, "Terrible, of course," but then I added, "but I must be crazy, because despite all that's happened, I keep hearing this inner voice saying, 'Even this I get to experience.'" Norman Lear's work is legendary. The renowned creator of such iconic television programs as All in the Family; Maude; Good Times; The Jeffersons; and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman , Lear remade our television culture from the ground up. At their peak, his programs were viewed by 120 million people a week, with stories that dealt with the most serious issues of the day?racism, poverty, abortion ?yet still left audiences howling with laughter. In EVEN THIS I GET TO EXPERIENCE, Lear opens up with all the candor, humor, and wisdom to be expected from one of America's greatest living storytellers. But TV and politics are only a fraction of the tale. Lear's early years were grounded in the harshness of the Great Depression, and further complicated by his parents' vivid personalities. The imprisonment of Lear's father, a believer in the get-rich-quick scheme, colored his son's childhood. During this absence, Lear's mother left her son to live with relatives. Lear's comic gifts were put to good use during this hard time, even as they would be decadeslater during World War II, when Lear produced and staged a variety show for his fellow airmen in addition to flying fifty bombing missions. After the war, Lear tried his hand at publicity in New York before setting out for Los Angeles in 1949. A lucky break had a powerful agent in the audience the night Danny Thomas performed a nightclub routine written by Lear, and within days his career in television began. Before long his work with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis (and later Martha Raye and George Gobel) made him the highest-paid comedy writer in the country, and he was spending his summers with the likes of Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks. Movies followed, and soon he was making films starring Frank Sinatra, Dick Van Dyke, and Jason Robards. Then came the '70s, and Lear's unprecedented string of TV hits. Married three times and the father of six children ranging in age from nineteen to sixty-eight, Lear's penetrating look at family life, parenthood, and marriage is a volume in itself. A memoir as touching, funny, and remarkable as any of Lear's countless artistic creations, EVEN THIS I GET TO EXPERIENCE is nothing less than a profound gift, endlessly readable and characteristically unforgettable
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Lear, Norman
Dewey number
  • 791.4502/3092
  • B
Index
no index present
LC call number
PN1992.4.L365
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Lear, Norman
  • Biography & Autobiography
  • History
  • Performing Arts
  • Nonfiction
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts
  • Television producers and directors
  • Television comedy writers
  • Screenwriters
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Even This I Get to Experience, Norman Lear, (electronic resource)
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Contents
Alone in a going world -- Those were the days -- Joyful stress -- Over and next -- Epilogue
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781101635384
Media category
computer
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rdamedia
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03b0df42-3225-4983-999b-0940f6558316
Publisher number
EB00385567
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  • other
  • remote
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(OCoLC)898984916
Label
Even This I Get to Experience, Norman Lear, (electronic resource)
Link
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Alone in a going world -- Those were the days -- Joyful stress -- Over and next -- Epilogue
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781101635384
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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03b0df42-3225-4983-999b-0940f6558316
Publisher number
EB00385567
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unknown sound
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  • other
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(OCoLC)898984916

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