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Frances Lear
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    (July 14, 1923-September 30, 1996)
    Born in Hudson, New York
    Adoptive name was Evelyn Loeb
    Married to TV producer Norman Lear (1956-86)
    Published Lear's (1988-94), a magazine for women over 40
    Wrote 'The Second Seduction' (1992)
    She was fired from most of her early jobs for behavior such as listening in on the boss's phone calls or drinking through lunch.
    In her biography, she referred to her second husband as 'Kauffman or Kaufmann -- I cannot remember how to spell [his] name.'
    She said, 'I tried to commit suicide three times seriously and three times with minimal interest in the outcome.'
    Editors at Lear's complained of her erratic behavior, such as last-minute layout changes and articles that were accepted but never published.
    When a staffer told her she could not alter a quotation, she responded, 'It is my magazine and I will do what I want.'
    Her adoptive father committed suicide when she was 10.
    Her adoptive stepfather sexually abused her.
    The psychiatrist to whom she revealed the abuse betrayed her confidences to her stepfather, who threatened to kill her.
    She was the inspiration for Maude.
    She said, 'I believe the second half of one's life is meant to be better than the first half. It is certainly true of me.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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