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“I am Living in That Moment Now” – The Hollywood Reporter



Norman Lear is “living in the moment” as he celebrated his one hundred and first birthday on Thursday.

The legendary writer-producer posted a video on his Instagram to provide an replace on life in addition to to share some smart phrases.

“It’s Norman Lear here, dribbling a bit because he’s entering his second childhood,” he stated within the clip adopted by fun. “I have just turned 101, and that is, they tell me, my second childhood. It feels like that, in terms of the care I am getting. I get the kind of care at this age that I see children getting, toddlers getting.”

He continued, “And so, I am now a 101-year-old toddler, and I am thinking about two little words that we don’t think about often enough, we don’t pay enough attention to: over and next. When something is over, it’s over, and we have the joy and privilege of getting on to the next [thing]. And If there were a hammock in between those two words, it would be the best way I know of identifying living in the moment. That hammock between over and next.”

Lear, an icon in Hollywood, has amassed a profession like no different. Earlier than changing into a pioneer in tv, breaking obstacles together with his tasks equivalent to All within the HouseholdGood OccasionsMaude and The Jeffersons, he additionally served in World Struggle II, flying fight missions. He’s additionally a philanthropist, father, grandfather and the oldest Emmy winner in historical past.

“I am living in that moment now, with all of you,” he concluded within the video. “Bless all of you, and our America.”

Whereas talking with The Hollywood Reporter after his one centesimal birthday final yr, Lear opened up about his secret to longevity. “As someone who believes that music and laughter, especially laughter, adds time to one’s life, I am convinced that everyone we’ve been talking about [fellow showrunners and writers] added some time to my life,” he stated on the time.

Extra just lately, Lear has additionally shared his assist for the writers who’re at the moment on strike. He took to his Instagram final month, writing, “While I have served other posts, I have been, at my core, a writer. A writer who struggled and anguished to put words to paper that would provoke, create conversation, humanize us, help us see each other – words that would matter.”

“I wrote in the very first year of television, when writers were revered. I now watch talented writers struggle to earn a living wage without the path to a career like mine,” his submit continued. “The stories we tell, the stories I can now watch on any device, are the stories that connect us, engage us, make us laugh and cry together, and inspire understanding and compassion. That is something to be protected and cherished. I stand with writers and with the Writers Guild of America, my union. The industry is stronger when we stand together to protect our collective community.”

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