Norman Lear accepted the Carol Burnett Lifetime Achievement Award at the Golden Globes with class and humility on Sunday (Feb. 28).
The legendary television show creator and producer was the mind behind such classic television shows such as “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons,” “Maude,” “One Day at a Time,” and “Good Times.”
In addition to being very funny, Lear’s shows often tackled difficult topics. These topics included racism, abortion, and the roles of women. It isn’t an understatement to say that Norman Lear changed the way television was made. And it is fitting that he received the prestigious award.
In his acceptance speech, Lear thanked the many people who have aided him during his career. He even said “there would be an entirely different Norman Lear here with you tonight” if he had not had the support of these people during his lifetime. There were numerous colleagues he mentioned in his speech. He even mentioned his years on The Colgate Comedy Hour. He also thanked his wife and six children, who range from ages 26-74, for their support of the years.
“At close to 99, I can tell you that I have never lived alone,” Lear said during the virtual ceremony. “I have never laughed alone and that has as much to do with my being here today as anything else I know.”
Norman Lear Also Pays Tribute to Carol Burnett During Acceptance Speech
Norman Lear appropriately paid tribute to the award’s namesake – the legendary comedian Carol Burnett – during his acceptance speech. And, he also did so with one of her most famous acts – tugging her ear.
“I could not feel more blessed. I am convinced that laughter adds time to one’s laugh and nobody has made me laugh harder – nobody I owe more time to – than Carol Burnett and the brilliant team that helped her realize her comedic genius,” Lear said.
The first Carol Burnett Lifetime Achievement Award went to Carol Burnett during 2019. In 2020, it was given to Ellen DeGeneres.