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NORMAN LEAR - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 02/02/1978 - HFSID 324308

NORMAN LEAR The famed Hollywood producer writes a letter to a young girl, to be given to her on her 21st birthday, giving her some advice on life and happiness, signs name in black ink Typed letter signed: "Norman Lear" in black ink. 2 pages, 8½x11. Addressed to young Ms.

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NORMAN LEAR
The famed Hollywood producer writes a letter to a young girl, to be given to her on her 21st birthday, giving her some advice on life and happiness, signs name in black ink
Typed letter signed: "Norman Lear" in black ink. 2 pages, 8½x11. Addressed to young Ms. Lisa Robley, as a response to her uncle Michael Hurwitz' request of predictions for the future, to be given to her on her 21st birthday. Written on personal Communications Company letterhead. Los Angeles, California. February 2, 1978. In full: "The first thing you must know is that you have a remarkable uncle in the person of Michael Hurwitz. That he would be think about you 21st birthday while you are still in your second year, makes him very special indeed. You're special, too, Lisa. There is only one of you, one only in all the world, and that fact is among the things I would want you to know. Another is an ancient definition of happiness which has meant a lot to me: "Happiness is the exercise of one's vital abilities along the lines of excellence in a life that affords them scope." Actually, that means two things, Lisa. First it means that you will be happy if you are doing your thing - not necessarily achieving excellence, simply reaching for it- in a life that allows you to do so. But, it also means that happiness is something we all deliver to ourselves. No man can deliver happiness to you. No amount of loving children. No money, no status, etc. Only Lisa can make Lisa happy - and children and money and other material things, however important they may be (and I do not mean to minimize their importance) are all extras. I repeat that I don't mean to minimize the love of a mate or a child. I intend only to emphasize that you cannot accept that love until you deliver the essence of happiness to yourself. There is a hope that I have for you, too. It is the hope that you go through life trusting and not wary. If you go through life trusting, you may get hurt just a little bit more, but you will never miss any of the action. If you go through life a little too wary, you may not get stepped on here and there, but you will miss far more than you will avoid. The last thing that I would like to offer you, at the invitation of your uncle, is to remember that success is a question of how you collect your minutes. From the time you wake up each morning and do the first thing you promised yourself you would do last night, you are dealing with success or failure. For example, you promise yourself that you would get up promptly at eight and you do it. Success! Tell yourself that, immediately upon arising, you will do ten minutes of calisthenics, and you don't. Failure! Try to make the successes outnumber the failures - and most important, count them all. If you start each day counting all the tiny successes - they have a way of adding up. Each one takes you to another plateau and so you climb through your days, your successes escalating all the while. Have a good, happy, healthy and productive life, Lisa. Sincerely". Norman Lear (b. 1922) is best known for his ground-breaking situation comedies that often focused on controversial issues. He was the executive producer of such series as Sanford and Son, Maude, Good Times, Hot L Baltimore, One Day at a Time and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman in addition to All in the Family and The Jeffersons. He has also produced films, including Come Blow Your Horn (1963), The Night They Raided Minsky's (1968), The Princess Bride (1987, executive producer) and Fried Green Tomatoes (1991, executive producer). Lear has also written episodes for some of his productions, directed several series, and made guest appearances on several television shows, including providing the voice of Benjamin Franklin on South Park (2003). Slight creases. Normal mailing folds. Fine condition.

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