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Norman Lear turns 100, gets an ABC special celebrating his life


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(CNN)Super producer Norman Lear He turned 100 on Wednesday and spent his birthday with his family in Vermont.

He will be publicly honored in September when ABC airs a special on his life called “Norman Lear: 100 Years of Music and Laughter.”
Lear is behind some of TV’s best sitcoms, including “All in the Family,” “Maude,” “Good Times,” “The Jeffersons,” “One Day at a Time” and “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.”
    His show was praised for addressing controversial topics including racism, abortion, alcoholism and domestic violence.
      “Norman’s illustrious career has been a tribute to many, and we are honored to celebrate his legacy with this special night of entertainment,” Craig Erwich, president of Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment, said in a statement. “We’ve been fortunate to work with Norman on a number of projects over the years, and his centennial birthday is a fitting celebration in Hollywood of raising a glass to toast, and perhaps gently roasting, his status as a television icon.”
      Lear posted a video on his birthday, saying, “living in the moment” is the most important thing. “Treasure. Use,” he said.

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