Lorne Michaels, CM (born November 17, 1944) is a Canadian-born American Emmy-winning television producer, writer and comedian best known for creating and producing Saturday Night Live and producing the various film and TV projects that spun off from it.
Michaels was born Lorne David Lipowitz in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Florence (née Becker) and Henry Abraham Lipowitz, who was a furrier. He attended the Forest Hill Collegiate Institute in Toronto and graduated from the University of Toronto, where he majored in English, in 1966 . Michaels began his career as a writer and broadcaster for CBC Radio. He moved to Los Angeles from Toronto in 1968 to work as a writer for Laugh-In and The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show. During the late 1960s, Michaels married Rosie Shuster, who later worked with him on Saturday Night Live as a writer. She was the daughter of Frank Shuster, one half of the famous comedy team, Wayne and Shuster. Michaels and Shuster were divorced in 1980. Michaels was the eldest of the Lipowitz children. He has a sister, Barbara Lipowitz, who currently resides in Toronto and a brother, Mark Lipowitz, who passed away from a brain tumor.
In 1975, Michaels co-created (with
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