Log In

Frances Loeb Lear Edit Profile

writer

Frances Lear was an activist, magazine publisher and writer.

Background

Lear, Frances Loeb was born on July 14, 1923 in Hudson, New York, United States. Daughter of Herbert Adam and Aline (Friedman) Loeb.

Education

Graduated from the high school, Northampton, Massachusetts.

Career

She was the wife of television producer Norman Lear. After her 1985 divorce, Lear used her $112 million settlement to start Lear's, a magazine targeting women over 45. The magazine folded six years later.

She was believed to be the inspiration for the character Maude Findlay on the sitcom Maude. Lear died of breast cancer.

Connections

Married Norman Milton Lear, 1956 (divorced 1985). Children: Kate, Maggie.

father:
Herbert Adam Loeb

mother:
Aline (Friedman) Loeb

spouse:
Norman Milton Lear

children:
Kate Lear

Maggie Lear