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Legendary TV Producer Norman Lear Receives AARP's Highest Honor
Date:10/24/2009

Actor/Director John Amos, Singer/Songwriter Patti Austin Headline Annual Andrus Awards Gala in Las Vegas; AARP receives EMMY(R) Award for leadership in communication

LAS VEGAS, Oct. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AARP presented its annual Andrus Award for service to acclaimed television pioneer Norman Lear at a celebration last night, part of Vegas@50+, AARP's annual national event and expo. Lear, creator of shows including "All in the Family," "Sanford & Son," "Maude," and "Good Times," was honored for his influential achievements in socially transformative television, filmmaking, philanthropy and social activism.

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"Through his work in television and film, Norman Lear has made us all look more closely at ourselves and the society we live in," said A. Barry Rand, AARP CEO. "He has challenged us to make life better for all people. That's what AARP's founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, was all about and that's what AARP today is all about."

The AARP Andrus Award acknowledges individuals who have generated positive social change in the world and whose work and achievements reflect AARP's vision of bringing lifetimes of experience and leadership to serve all generations. Past recipients include Tom Brokaw, General Colin Powell, Dr. Margaret Mead, Hugh Downs and Dr. Francis Collins. This year's premier sponsor is Google.

Lear, one of the most influential individuals in the history of television, is a dedicated philanthropist and activist. In 1980, he formed People For the American Way, a nonprofit organization designed to speak out for the Bill of Rights guaranteed in the Constitution and to monitor violations of constitutional freedoms. Additionally, Lear has founded nonprofits including the Norman
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