The People for the American Way Foundation hosted a 90th birthday party for television producer and writer Norman Lear at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday. Politicians and celebrities graced the red carpet outside an opening cocktail party.
Norman Lear, best known for producing, among many other things, the television show All in the Family, poses with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.(Chet Susslin)
Actress Kathleen Turner, who works with People for the American Way, arrives at the party.(Chet Susslin)
Michael Keegan, president of the People for the American Way Foundation, left, shakes hands with Sen. Christopher Coons, D-Del.(Chet Susslin)
Actress Jane Lynch speaks with reporters outside the cocktail hour. (Chet Susslin)
Actress Doris Roberts, best known for her part in the series Everybody Loves Raymond.(Chet Susslin)
Civil-rights leader and former NAACP chair Julian Bond.(Chet Susslin)
Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn.(Chet Susslin)