Norman Lear, Jean Stapleton, and All in the Family
Original Airdates: July 22-24, 2022
TVC 584.3: From June 2013: Emmy Award winning writer David Pollock talks to Tony, Donna, and Ed about Jean Stapleton’s indelible portrayal of Edith Bunker on All in the Family, and how Norman Lear got the green light for the All in the Family series in 1970 while making Cold Turkey, the first of three motion pictures that Lear was under contract to produce for United Artists at the time.
David Pollock’s credits as a writer of television comedy include M*A*S*H, Cheers, Frasier, The Steve Allen Show, and the episode of All in the Family in which Edith got a mink coat. He is also the author of Bob and Ray: Keener Than Most Persons, a dual biography of Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding that included insights and commentary such friends, colleagues, and admirers of Bob and Ray as Carl Reiner, Harry Shearer, Stan Freberg, and Norman Lear.
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