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TheWrap Wins for Lede of the Day

Any writer/blogger/ranter can tell you that a good lede or opening line to your story is always tough to come up with.

That’s why I had to take the time to shout out TheWrap’s Tim Kenneally for his hilarious (and semi-insensitive) lede from Tuesday regarding Sherman Hemsley‘s delayed burial:

“The Jeffersons” star Sherman Hemsley won’t be moving on down, into the ground until at least November, it appears.

Kudos, Tim, though I’m sure he received his share of complaints from people who can’t find the humor in this sort of thing.

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Saying So Long to Sherman Hemsley, Whose Big Break Came on Broadway

Hemsley and Jeffersons co-star Isabel Sanford

Before he became part of sitcom lore, Sherman Hemsley was part of the Broadway scene.

Beginning in 1970, Hemsley was a member the musical Purlie. Although it was only a supporting role, it ultimately led to the role of lifetime.

Early in the show’s run, there was buzz backstage that a major Hollywood producer would visit the cast.

That producer was Norman Lear, who was on precipice of greatness with All in the Family set to debut the following January.

Lear’s appearance followed Melba Moore and Cleavon Little winning Tony Awards for Purlie on April 19.

As Hemsley told the Archive of American Television in 2003, he didn’t expect Lear would have any interest in the young actor.

“I was just sort of new, and happy to be there,” Hemsley recalled. “I figured he didn’t even notice me. I figured he noticed me, but he was coming to see them. I wasn’t as nervous as I guess I should have been.”

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