Who Is Charlotte Lear? Ex-Wife Of Norman Lear

by Manisha Thu Dec 07 2023 Updated On Sat Dec 09 2023

Charlotte Lear is the ex-wife of film producer and screenwriter Norman Lear, who has created over 100 shows

They got married in 1943. They parted their ways in 1947. They had one daughter, Ellen Lear, together.

Charlotte Lear's ex-husband and their daughter.
Charlotte Lear's ex-husband and their daughter. Source: People

Ex-Husband Married Life

Her ex-husband, Norman, was first married to her from 1943 to 1947. After that, he tied the knot with Frances Loeb, a writer and activist, in 1956

They have had two kids together, Maggie and Kate. They ended their marriage after being together for around 30 years

He was husband to his spouse Lyn Lear until his death. They got married in 1987 and had three kids together. 

Norman Lear with his wife.
Norman Lear with his wife. Source: Pinterest

Death Of Her Ex-Husband

Norman was known for attracting millions of viewers from his shows like 'All in the Family' and proved that it could be funny, relevant, and popular. 

He died at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 101.

Lara Bergthold, who is the spokesperson for his family, confirmed the news of his death. 

The cause of his death was natural. A private service for immediate family will be held. 


Her ex-husband, Norman, died at the age of 101

Net Worth

Her ex-husband, Norman, has a net worth estimated to be $225 million

Norman Changed The Entire Television Industry

Norman brought revolution to TV through comedy shows and sitcoms like All in the Family, Maude, The Jefferson, and Good Times. 

Norman was very first and fearless to showcase taboo topics like racism, bigotry, homophobia, sexism, and abortion through his shows in the 1970s.

He changed the entire scene of television. The character Archie Bunker in the show' All in the Family' was inspired by his father. 

Esther Rolls and John Amos played the first African parents in the show Good Times, which aired in 1974

He said they represented their race to the rest of America. In 1999, he was awarded a national medal for his art. 

His sitcoms were progressive that changed America for the better. 

Norman was Considering reproducing one of the most controversial sitcom episodes ever.

One of the episodes of Maude, which aired around 50 years ago, where a 47-year-old woman feared that she was too old to have another child and was considering abortion, was one of the most controversial episodes. 

That show stirred controversy then, but it attracted millions of viewers. 

He revealed that the network wanted to cut those lines in the very first episode of the show but fought for his vision. 

In an interview, he said he would not change anything about that show. 

He even clearly remembered their dialogues.

Norman Was Created Eight Shows At A Time

During the peak of his career, Norman dealt with eight shows at once. 

He said he was stressed out, but it was joyful stress. 

He said the stress ended with 240 people sitting together, laughing their hearts out. 

He said that laughs added more time to his life. 

All In The Family Show Was Rejected By ABC

All in the Family is a television sitcom by Norman Learpthated from 1971 to 1979

At that time, the new president of CBS had watched the show that he had done for ABC, and the president of CBS guaranteed him that he would put on his show. 

Eventually, the show ruled the prime time. 

He brought up taboo subjects in the show the show at that time. 

People also learned new words like meathead, which Norman's dad used to call him. 

He also made the spin of the show, The Jeffersons

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