Norman Lear Dead At 101: Honoring The TV Icon’s Most Groundbreaking Work & Continued Legacy

Hollywood is mourning one of its longest-living legends. Norman Lear, the TV icon behind such pioneering shows as “All in the Family,” “One Day at a Time” and more, has died at 101. The sad news was confirmed with an Instagram announcement on Dec. 6, revealing that the acclaimed writer and producer passed away peacefully the previous day with loved ones by his side. Lear’s entertainment legacy also includes “Sanford & Sons,” “The Jeffersons,” “Good Times” and “Maude,” and he received lifetime achievement honors from the Producers Guild and was entered into the Television Academy Hall of Fame for his work. The legend is credited with pushing social and cultural boundaries on mainstream TV with his prolific repertoire, tackling controversial topics including racism, politics, abortion and the Vietnam War during his shows’ peak popularity in the ’70s and ’80s. Access Hollywood looks back at Lear’s iconic legacy and why his groundbreaking work remains so culturally relevant today.