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Pat Loud, early reality TV star as matriarch on 'An American Family,' dies at 94

Pat Loud, early reality TV star as matriarch on 'An American Family,' dies at 94
Pat Loud, a California homemaker who became known to millions of television viewers in the 1970s as the matriarch of the PBS documentary series "An American Family," died Jan. 10 at her home in Los Angeles. She was 94.

Pat Loud, early reality TV star as matriarch on 'An American Family,' dies at 94 Pat Loud, a California homemaker who became known to millions of television viewers in the 1970s as the matriarch of "An American Family," a PBS documentary series that was by turns celebrated and blamed for ushering in the era of reality TV with its frank depiction of her private life, died Jan.Created by television producer Craig Gilbert, "An American Family" was a sensation when it aired over 12 one-hour installments in 1973."An American Family" was something else entirely." Gilbert, who died in April, told The Times that he encountered no shortage of subjects willing to participate in his project to document the everyday life and struggles of an American family.

They were "not 'the' American family," he emphasized — there being nothing of the sort — but "simply 'an' American family.: A Death in an American Family," a TV documentary that aired on PBS in 2003, two years after he died of hepatitis C.

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