Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You

With unprecedented access to Lear, his work and his massive personal archives, American Masters — Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You combines stories from his turbulent childhood and early career with his groundbreaking TV success and social activism. The documentary also features colorful stories from Lear’s family, friends and collaborators.

Air Date 10/25/16

 
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AMERICAN MASTERS is an ongoing series of award-winning primetime specials examining the lives, works, and creative processes of our most outstanding cultural artists. Created in 1984 by Susan Lacy and produced by Thirteen/WNET for national public television, the series is both a celebration and an exploration of creativity in America. Consisting of more than 250 hours of programming to date, AMERICAN MASTERS is a growing film library documenting the role important individuals, groups, and movements have played in the formation of our cultural identity.
Upcoming Air Dates
  • #2605 — Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love |
    Sunday, Aug 20 at 2:30pm TPT LIFE
  • #2604 — Billie Jean King |
    Thursday, Aug 24 at 7pm TPT LIFE
  • #2901 — Althea |
    Thursday, Aug 24 at 8:30pm TPT LIFE
  • #2604 — Billie Jean King |
    Friday, Aug 25 at 1am TPT LIFE
  • #2901 — Althea |
    Friday, Aug 25 at 2:30am TPT LIFE
  • #2604 — Billie Jean King
    The first sports figure ever featured by AMERICAN MASTERS, this was a very deliberate choice about a very deliberate woman who has, indeed, been a major force in changing, and democratizing, our cultural landscape. To commemorate the 40th anniversaries of both the infamous Billie Jean King / Bobby Riggs tennis match -- the Battle of the Sexes -- and the launch of the Women's Tennis Association, this film looks back to the 12-year old southern California girl who played tennis on public courts, observed disparity and unfairness and, as she soared athletically, never stopped trying to remedy the situation. Her competitiveness on the circuit was matched by her egalitarian efforts on behalf of women and her commitment to prove consistently that in diversity there is strength --ultimately being awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Obama. King presents her own story with perspective added by Rosie Casals, Chris Evert, Venus Williams, Gloria Steinem, Elton John and Bobby Riggs' son.
    Thursday, Aug 24 at 7pm TPT LIFE
    Friday, Aug 25 at 1am TPT LIFE
  • #2605 — Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love
    By age 31, Marvin Hamlisch had won four Grammys, an Emmy, three Oscars, a Tony and a Pulitzer Prize, making him one of only 2 PEGOT's ever. Hit after hit -"The Way We Were," "Nobody Does It Better" and scores for The Sting, Sophie's Choice and the Broadway juggernaut A Chorus Line, made him the go-to composer for film and Broadway producers and the go-to performer for every president since Reagan. His streak was unprecedented. A child prodigy accepted at Juilliard at age six, Hamlisch's classical training laid the groundwork for his popular compositions. A rich archival legacy, interviews with his A-list collaborators, and cooperation from his family combine to tell this rich and engrossing story.
    Sunday, Aug 20 at 2:30pm TPT LIFE
  • #2901 — Althea
    Discover the story of Althea Gibson, who emerged as the unlikely queen of the segregated tennis world of the 1950s. She was the first African American to play and win Wimbledon and the U.S. Nationals. Features Billie Jean King and David Dinkins.
    Thursday, Aug 24 at 8:30pm TPT LIFE
    Friday, Aug 25 at 2:30am TPT LIFE

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