Norman Lear celebrates 100th birthday with "wonderful" family in Vermont

Norman Lear celebrates 100th birthday with "wonderful" family in Vermont

The icon has no plans to stop working anytime soon and even has 23 projects in the works.

Happy 100th birthday, Norman Lear! The legendary TV writer and producer has been making audiences laugh since the 1950s and doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon. Just ahead of his birthday, Lear recorded a video for Instagram singing Dean Martin’s classic hit “That’s Amore.” His daughter in Vermont took the video where the TV icon talks about how incredibly science has advanced over the years and how it got him to his 100th birthday. “My God, the miracle of being alive with everything that’s available to us,” said Lear, before advising followers to live in the moment, something Lear has treasured over his long life.



For his special day, Lear is spending time with the most important people in his life: his family including his wife of nearly 35 years Lyn Davis, an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and political activist. He previously told PEOPLE, "I can't wait to be at my home in Vermont and celebrate with my entire family–my wonderful wife, my six children, my two sons-in-law, and my four grandchildren. How lucky am I?"



Lear who was born on July 27, 1922 in New Haven, Connecticut, according to Deadline, began his career in TV starting with variety shows like The Martha Raye Show and The Andy Williams Show. Later, he created hit shows like Sanford and Son, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Maude, All in the Family, Good Times, One Day At A Time, The Jeffersons, The Facts of Life, to name a few.



The New York Post reports Lear has bagged six Emmy wins and 17 nominations including one for his show Live in Front of a Studio Audience: ‘The Facts of Life’ and ‘Diff’rent Strokes.’  Back in 1984 he was also inducted into the Emmy Awards hall of fame. He is also on the World War II veteran's list of accolades are one Golden Globe, one Peabody Award, and a one-time Academy Award nomination. The award-winning Hollywood writer and producer recently told PEOPLE that he isn't planning on slowing down anytime soon when it comes to his work. In fact, he has 23 projects in the pipeline!  "My awards and accolades mean a great deal to me, but they don't mean as much as the drive to the studio today. I still explode with joy, excitement, interest and utter delight every time."



Among the projects are a Who's The Boss? reboot starring Tony Danza and Alyssa Milano and a Good Times animated revival. "Bringing joy to people is what it's all about," the legend shared. "Laughter and joy add time to one's life." What advice does he have for younger people in the business? "Go with your gut," the veteran TV personality advised. "Listen hard to what other people are saying about something you think you know about, and everything else. When you feel you have listened hard enough and still are convinced about something, go with it. Don't be talked out of it."



Cover Image Source: Getty Images | Photo by Araya Doheny

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