JERRY LEWIS


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Jerry Lewis聽聽(born聽Joseph Levitch; March 16, 1926) is an American actor, comedian, singer, film producer, film director, screenwriter and humanitarian. He is known for his聽slapstick聽humor in film, television, stage and radio.

Picture taken during the 60s of US comedian, direc JERRY LEWIS

He and聽Dean Martin聽were partners as the hit popular comedy duo of聽Martin and Lewis. Following that success, he was a solo star in film,聽nightclubs, television, concerts and musicals. Lewis served as national chairman of the聽Muscular Dystrophy Association聽and hosted the live聽Labor Day聽broadcast of the聽Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon聽for 44 years.

Lewis has received several awards for lifetime achievements from the聽American Comedy Awards,聽Los Angeles Film Critics Association,聽Venice Film Festival,聽Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences聽and been honored with two stars on the聽Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Early life

Lewis was born聽on March 16, 1926 in聽Newark, New Jersey聽to聽Russian Jewish聽parents His father, Daniel Levitch (1902鈥80), was a聽master of ceremonies

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Shirley MacLaine


Shirley MacLaine (born Shirley MacLean Beaty; April 24, 1934) 聽is an American film, television and theater actress, singer, dancer, activist and author.

 

An Academy Award winner, MacLaine received the 40th AFI Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute in 2012, and received the Kennedy Center Honors for her lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts in 2013. She is known for her New Age beliefs, and has an interest in spirituality and reincarnation. She has written a series of autobiographical works that describe these beliefs, document her world travels, and describe her Hollywood career.

Shirley Mac Laine

Shirley Mac Laine

 

A six-time Academy Award nominee, MacLaine received a nomination for Best Documentary Feature for The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir (1975), and Best Actress nominations for Some Came Running (1958), The Apartment (1960), Irma la Douce (1963), and The Turning Point (1977), before winning Best Actress for Terms of Endearment (1983). She twice won the BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress, for Ask Any Girl (1959), and The Apartment (1960).

MacLaine won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy-Variety or Music Special for the 1976 TV special, Gypsy In My Soul. She has also won five competitive Golden Globe Awards and received the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 1998 ceremony.

 

Named after Shirley Temple (who was 6 years old at the time), Shirley MacLean Beaty was born in Richmond, Virginia. Her father, Ira Owens Beaty, was a professor of psychology, public school administrator, and real estate agent, and her mother, Kathlyn Corinne (n茅e MacLean), was a drama teacher, originally from Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. MacLaine’s younger brother is the actor, writer and director Warren Beatty; he changed the spelling of his surname when he became an actor.

Their parents raised them as Baptists. Her uncle (her mother’s brother-in-law) was A. A. MacLeod, a Communist member of the Ontario legislature in the 1940s.

Shirley Mac Laine2

Shirley Mac Laine2

While MacLaine was still a child, Ira Beaty moved his family from Richmond to Norfolk, and then to Arlington and Waverly, eventually taking a position at Arlington’s Thomas Jefferson Junior High School. MacLaine played baseball in an all-boys team, holding the record for most home runs which earned her the nickname “Powerhouse”. During the 1950s, the family resided in the Dominion Hills section of Arlington.

As a toddler she had weak ankles and would fall over with the slightest misstep, so her mother decided to enroll her in ballet class at the Washington School of Ballet at the age of three.

 

This was the beginning of her interest in performing. Strongly motivated by ballet, she never missed a class. In classical romantic pieces like Romeo and Juliet and The Sleeping Beauty, she always played the boys’ roles due to being the tallest in the group and the absence of males in the class.

Eventually she had a substantial female role as the fairy godmother in Cinderella; while warming up backstage, she broke her ankle, but then tightened the ribbons on her toe shoes and proceeded to dance the role all the way through before calling for an ambulance.

Ultimately she decided against making a career of professional ballet because she had grown too tall and was unable to acquire perfect technique.

She explained that she didn’t have the ideal body type, lacking the requisite “beautifully constructed feet” of high arches, high insteps and a flexible ankle.

Also slowly realizing ballet’s propensity to be too all-consuming, and ultimately limiting, she moved on to other forms of dancing, acting and musical theater.

MacLaine made her film debut in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Trouble with Harry (1955), for which she won the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year 鈥 Actress. This was quickly followed by her role in the Martin and Lewis film Artists and Models (also 1955).

Soon afterwards, she had a role in Around the World in 80 Days (1956). This was followed by Hot Spell and a leading role in Some Came Running (both 1958); for the latter film she gained her first Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination.

Her second Oscar nomination came two years later for The Apartment (1960), starring with Jack Lemmon.

The film won five Oscars, including Best Director for Billy Wilder. She later said, “I thought I would win for The Apartment, but then Elizabeth Taylor had a tracheotomy.” She starred in The Children’s Hour (1961) also starring Audrey Hepburn and James Garner, based on the play by Lillian Hellman and directed by William Wyler.

She was again nominated, this time for Irma la Douce (1963), which reunited her with Wilder and Lemmon. Don Siegel, her director on Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970) said of her: “It’s hard to feel any great warmth to her. She’s too unfeminine and has too much balls. She’s very, very hard.”

At the peak of her success, she replaced Marilyn Monroe in Irma la Douce and What a Way to Go! (1964). Other films from this period include Gambit (1966), with Michael Caine, and the film version of the musical Sweet Charity (1968), based on the script for Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria released a decade earlier.

 

MacLaine’s documentary film The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir (1975), co-directed with Claudia Weill, concentrates on the experiences of women in China. It was nominated for the year’s Documentary Feature Oscar.

Co-starring with Anne Bancroft in The Turning Point (1977), MacLaine portrayed a retired ballerina much like herself; she was nominated for an Oscar as the Best Actress in a Leading Role. In 1978, she was awarded the Women in FilmCrystal Award for outstanding women who, through their endurance and the excellence of their work, have helped to expand the role of women within the entertainment industry.

In Being There (1979), she appeared with Peter Sellers. In a short-lived MacLaine television sitcom, Shirley’s World (1971鈥72), co-produced by Sheldon Leonard and ITC and shot in the United Kingdom, she was cast as a photojournalist.

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MacLaine has also appeared in numerous television projects including an autobiographical miniseries based upon the book Out on a Limb;

The Salem Witch Trials;

These Old Broads written by Carrie Fisher and co-starring Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds, and Joan Collins;

Coco, a Lifetime production based on the life of Coco Chanel.

She appeared in the third and fourth seasons of the British drama Downton Abbey as Martha Levinson, mother to Cora, Countess of Grantham (played by Elizabeth McGovern) and Harold Levinson (played by Paul Giamatti) in 2012鈥2013.

In February 2016, it was announced that MacLaine will star in the live-action family film A Little Mermaid, based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, to be produced by MVP Studios.[16]

 

MacLaine was married to businessman Steve Parker from 1954 until their divorce in 1982; they have a daughter, Sachi.

In April 2011, while promoting her new book, I’m Over All That, she revealed to Oprah Winfrey that she had had an open relationship with her husband.

MacLaine also told Winfrey that she often fell for the leading men she worked with, with the exceptions of Jack Lemmon (The Apartment) and Jack Nicholson (Terms of Endearment).

MacLaine has also gotten into feuds with such notable co-stars as Anthony Hopkins (A Change of Seasons), who said that “she was the most obnoxious actress I have ever worked with,” and Debra Winger (Terms of Endearment).

MacLaine has claimed that, in a previous life in Atlantis, she was the brother to a 35,000-year-old spirit named Ramtha channeled by American mystic teacher and author J. Z. Knight.

She has a strong interest in spirituality and metaphysics, the central theme of some of her best-selling books including Out on a Limb and Dancing in the Light. She has undertaken such forms of spiritual exploration as walking the Way of St. James, working with Chris Griscom and practicing Transcendental Meditation.

Her well-known interest in New Age spirituality has also made its way into several of her films. In Albert Brooks’s romantic comedy Defending Your Life (1991), the recently deceased lead characters, played by Brooks and Meryl Streep, are astonished to find MacLaine introducing their past lives in the “Past Lives Pavilion”.

In Postcards from the Edge (1990), MacLaine sings a version of “I’m Still Here”, with customized lyrics created for her by composer Stephen Sondheim. One of the lyrics was changed to “I’m feeling transcendental 鈥 am I here?” In the television movie These Old Broads, MacLaine’s character is a devotee of New Age spirituality.

She has an interest in UFOs, and gave numerous interviews on CNN, NBC and Fox news channels on the subject during 2007鈥8. In her book Sage-ing While Age-ing (2007), she described alien encounters and witnessing a Washington, D.C. UFO incident in the 1950s.In the April 2011 edition of the Oprah show MacLaine stated that she and her neighbor observed numerous UFO incidents at her New Mexico ranch for extended periods of time.

MacLaine is godmother to the daughter of former Democratic U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich.

Along with her brother, Warren Beatty, MacLaine used her celebrity status in instrumental roles as a fundraiser and organizer for George McGovern’s campaign for president in 1972.That year, she authored the book McGovern: The Man and His Beliefs.

On February 7, 2013, Penguin Group USA published Sachi Parker’s autobiography Lucky Me: My Life With 鈥 and Without 鈥 My Mom, Shirley MacLaine.[36]MacLaine has called the book “virtually all fiction”.

MacLaine starred in A Change of Seasons (1980) alongside Anthony Hopkins, and won the Best Actress in a Leading Role Oscar for Terms of Endearment (1983), playing Debra Winger’s mother. She won a Golden Globe for Best Actress (Drama) for Madame Sousatzka (1988).

She has continued to star in major films, such as Steel Magnolias with Sally Field, Julia Roberts and other stars. In 2000 she made her feature-film directorial debut and starred in Bruno, which was released to video as The Dress Code. MacLaine has starred in Postcards from the Edge (1990) with Meryl Streep, playing a fictionalized version of Debbie Reynolds from a screenplay by Reynolds’s daughter, Carrie Fisher; Used People (1992) with Jessica Tandy and Kathy Bates; Guarding Tess (1994) with Nicolas Cage; Mrs. Winterbourne (1996), with Ricki Lake and Brendan Fraser; Rumor Has It鈥 (2005) with Kevin Costner and Jennifer Aniston; In Her Shoes (also 2005) with Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette; and Closing the Ring (2007) directed by Richard Attenborough and starring Christopher Plummer.

 

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JERRY LEWIS


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Jerry Lewis聽聽(born聽Joseph Levitch; March 16, 1926) is an American actor, comedian, singer, film producer, film director, screenwriter and humanitarian. He is known for his聽slapstick聽humor in film, television, stage and radio.

Picture taken during the 60s of US comedian, direc JERRY LEWIS

He and聽Dean Martin聽were partners as the hit popular comedy duo of聽Martin and Lewis. Following that success, he was a solo star in film,聽nightclubs, television, concerts and musicals. Lewis served as national chairman of the聽Muscular Dystrophy Association聽and hosted the live聽Labor Day聽broadcast of the聽Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon聽for 44 years.

Lewis has received several awards for lifetime achievements from the聽American Comedy Awards,聽Los Angeles Film Critics Association,聽Venice Film Festival,聽Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences聽and been honored with two stars on the聽Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Early life

Lewis was born聽on March 16, 1926 in聽Newark, New Jersey聽to聽Russian Jewish聽parents His father, Daniel Levitch (1902鈥80), was a聽master of ceremonies

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JERRY LEWIS


Jerry Lewis聽聽(born聽Joseph Levitch; March 16, 1926) is an American actor, comedian, singer, film producer, film director, screenwriter and humanitarian. He is known for his聽slapstick聽humor in film, television, stage and radio.

Picture taken during the 60s of US comedian, direc

JERRY LEWIS

He and聽Dean Martin聽were partners as the hit popular comedy duo of聽Martin and Lewis. Following that success, he was a solo star in film,聽nightclubs, television, concerts and musicals. Lewis served as national chairman of the聽Muscular Dystrophy Association聽and hosted the live聽Labor Day聽broadcast of the聽Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon聽for 44 years.

Lewis has received several awards for lifetime achievements from the聽American Comedy Awards,聽Los Angeles Film Critics Association,聽Venice Film Festival,聽Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences聽and been honored with two stars on the聽Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Early life

Lewis was born聽on March 16, 1926 in聽Newark, New Jersey聽to聽Russian Jewish聽parents His father, Daniel Levitch (1902鈥80), was a聽master of ceremonies聽and聽vaudeville聽entertainerwho used the professional name Danny Lewis.

His mother, Rachel (“Rae”) Levitch (n茅e聽Brodsky),was a piano player for a radio station. Lewis started performing at age five and would often perform alongside his parents in the聽Catskill Mountains聽in聽New York State.

By 15, he had developed his “Record Act” in which he exaggeratedly mimed the lyrics to songs on a phonograph.

He used the professional name Joey Lewis but soon changed it to Jerry Lewis to avoid confusion with comedian聽Joe E. Lewis聽and heavyweight boxing champion聽Joe Louis. Lewis then dropped out of聽Irvington High School聽in the tenth grade. He was a “character” even in his teenage years pulling pranks in his neighborhood including sneaking into kitchens to steal fried chicken and pies. During聽World War II, he was rejected for military service because of a聽heart murmur.

Lewis initially gained attention as part of a double act with singer聽Dean Martin, who served as聽straight man聽to Lewis’ zany antics in the聽Martin and Lewis聽comedy team. The performers were different from most other comedy acts of the time because they relied on their interaction instead of planned skits. They quickly rose to national prominence, first with their popular nightclub act, next as stars of their own聽radio program.

The two men made many appearances on early聽live television, their first on the June 20, 1948, debut broadcast of聽Toast of the Town聽on CBS (later as聽The Ed Sullivan Show). This was followed on October 3, 1948, by an appearance on the NBC series聽Welcome Aboard, then a stint as the first of a series of hosts of聽The Colgate Comedy Hour聽in 1950.

The duo began their聽Paramount聽film careers as ensemble players in聽My Friend Irma聽(1949), based on the popular聽radio series of the same name. This was followed by a sequel聽My Friend Irma Goes West聽(1950).

Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon

Dean Martin / Franck Sinatra / Jerry Lewis

Starting with聽At War with the Army聽(1950), Martin and Lewis were the stars of their own vehicles in fourteen additional titles,聽That’s My Boy聽(1951),聽Sailor Beware聽(1952),聽Jumping Jacks聽(1952), (plus appearing in the聽Crosby聽and聽Hope聽film,聽Road to Bali聽(1952) as cameos)聽The Stooge聽(1952),聽Scared Stiff聽(1953),聽The Caddy聽(1953),聽Money from Home聽(1953),聽Living It Up聽(1954),聽3 Ring Circus聽(1954),聽You’re Never Too Young聽(1955),聽Artists and Models聽(1955) and聽Pardners聽(1956) at Paramount, ending with聽Hollywood or Bust聽(1956).

All sixteen movies were produced by聽Hal B. Wallis. Attesting the comedy team’s popularity,聽DC Comics聽published the best-selling聽The Adventures of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis聽comics from 1952 to 1957. As Martin’s roles in their films became less important over time the partnership came under strain. Martin’s participation became an embarrassment in 1954 when聽Look聽magazine used a publicity photo of the team for the magazine cover but cropped Martin out of the photo.The partnership ended on July 24, 1956.

While both Martin and Lewis went on to successful solo careers, neither would comment on the split nor consider a reunion. They did however make occasional public appearances together up until 1961, but were not seen together again until a surprise television appearance by Martin on a Muscular Dystrophy Telethon in 1976, arranged by聽Frank Sinatra.

The pair eventually reconciled in the late 1980s after the death of Martin’s son,聽Dean Paul Martin, in 1987.

The two men were seen together on stage for the last time when Martin was making what would be his final live performance at Bally’s Hotel and Casino in聽Las Vegas. Lewis pushed out a birthday cake for Martin’s 72nd birthday in 1989 and sang “Happy Birthday” to him, and joking, “why we broke up, I’ll never know.”

Solo

After the split from Martin, Lewis remained at Paramount and became a comedy star in his own right with his first film as a solo comic,聽The Delicate Delinquent聽(1957). Meanwhile, DC Comics published a new comic book series聽The Adventures of Jerry Lewis聽from 1957 to 1971. Teaming with director聽Frank Tashlin, whose background as a聽Warner Bros.Looney Tunes聽cartoon director suited Lewis’s brand of humor, he starred in five more films,聽The Sad Sack聽(1957),聽Rock-A-Bye Baby聽(1958),聽The Geisha Boy聽(1958),聽Don’t Give Up The Ship聽(1959) and even appeared uncredited as Itchy McRabbitt in聽Li’l Abner聽(1959).

Lewis tried his hand at releasing music during the 1950s, having a chart hit with the song “Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody” (a song largely associated with聽Al Jolson聽and later re-popularized by聽Judy Garland) as well as the song, “It All Depends on You” in 1958. He eventually released his own album titled,聽Jerry Lewis Just Sings.

By the end of his contract with producer聽Hal B. Wallis, Lewis had several productions of his own under his belt. In 1959, a contract between Paramount Pictures and Jerry Lewis Productions was signed specifying a payment of $10聽million plus 60% of the profits for 14 films over a seven-year period.

 

In 1960, Lewis finished his contract with Wallis with聽Visit to a Small Planet聽(1960), and wrapped up work on his own production,聽Cinderfella, which was postponed for a Christmas 1960 release, and Paramount, needing a quickie feature film for its summer 1960 schedule, held Lewis to his contract to produce one. Lewis came up with聽The Bellboy聽(1960). Using the聽Fontainebleau Hotel聽in Miami as his setting鈥攁nd on a small budget, with a very tight shooting schedule, and no script鈥擫ewis shot the film by day and performed at the hotel in the evenings.聽Bill Richmond聽collaborated with him on the many sight gags. Lewis later revealed that Paramount was not happy financing a ‘silent movie’ and withdrew backing. Lewis used his own funds to cover the $950,000 budget.

During production Lewis developed the technique of using video cameras and multiple closed circuit monitors, which allowed him to review his performance instantly.

His techniques and methods, documented in his book and his USC class, enabled him to complete most of his films on time and under budget.

Lewis followed聽The Bellboy聽by directing several more films that he co-wrote with Richmond while some were directed by Tashlin, including聽The Ladies Man聽(1961),聽The Errand Boy聽(1961),聽It’s Only Money聽(1962) and聽The Nutty Professor聽(1963). Lewis did a cameo in聽It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World聽(1963).

Further Lewis films were聽Who’s Minding the Store?聽(1963),聽The Patsy聽(1964) and聽The Disorderly Orderly聽(1964).

Lewis directed and co-wrote聽The Family Jewels聽(1965) about a young heiress who must choose among six uncles, one of whom is up to no good and out to harm the girl’s beloved bodyguard who practically raised her. Lewis played all six uncles and the bodyguard. On television, Lewis hosted two different programs called聽The Jerry Lewis Show. The first was a two-hour Saturday night variety show on聽ABC聽in the fall of 1963. The lavish, big-budget production failed to find an audience and was canceled after 13 weeks. His second program was a one-hour variety show on聽NBC聽from 1967 to 1969.

By 1966, Lewis, then 40, was no longer an angular juvenile, his routines seemed more labored and his box office appeal waned to the point where Paramount Pictures new executives felt no further need for the Lewis comedies and did not wish to renew his 1959 profit sharing contract. Undaunted, Lewis packed up and went to聽Columbia Pictures, where he made聽Three On A Couch聽(1966), then appeared in聽Way…Way Out聽(1966) for聽20th Century Fox聽followed by聽The Big Mouth聽(1967),聽Don’t Raise the Bridge, Lower the River聽(1968) and聽Hook, Line & Sinker聽(1969).

Lewis taught a film directing class at the聽University of Southern California聽in Los Angeles for a number of years; his students included聽Steven Spielberg聽and聽George Lucas.]

In 1968, he screened Spielberg’s early film,聽Amblin’聽and told his students, “That’s what filmmaking is all about.”

Lewis directed and made his first offscreen voice performance as a bandleader in聽One More Time聽(1970), which starred聽Sammy Davis Jr.聽(a friend of Lewis). He then produced, directed and starred in聽Which Way to the Front?聽(1970).

He would then make and star in the unreleased聽The Day the Clown Cried聽(1972), a drama set in a Nazi concentration camp.

Lewis rarely discusses the film, but once suggested that litigation over post-production finances prevented the film’s completion and release. However, he admitted during his book tour for聽Dean and Me聽that a major factor for the film’s burial is that he is not proud of the effort. In 1976, Lewis appeared in a revival of聽Hellzapoppin’聽with聽Lynn Redgrave, but it closed on the road before reaching聽Broadway.

After an absence of 11 years, Lewis returned to film in聽Hardly Working聽(1981), a movie in which he both directed and starred.

Despite being panned by critics, the movie eventually earned $50聽million. Lewis next appeared in聽Martin Scorsese‘s film聽The King of Comedy聽(1983), in which he portrayed a late-night television host plagued by two obsessive fans, played by聽Robert De Niro聽and聽Sandra Bernhard. Lewis also appeared in聽Cracking Up聽(1983) and聽Slapstick (Of Another Kind)聽(1984).

In聽France, Lewis starred in both聽To Catch a Cop聽a.k.a. “The Defective Detective” (1984) and聽How Did You Get In?, We Didn’t See You Leave聽(1984). Lewis has stated that as long as he has control over distribution of those movies, they will never have an American release. Meanwhile, a syndicated talk show Lewis hosted for Metromedia in 1984 was not continued beyond the scheduled five shows. Lewis starred in the ABC televised drama movie聽Fight For Life聽(1987) with聽Patty Duke, then appeared in聽Cookie聽(1989).

Lewis had a cameo in聽Mr. Saturday Night聽(1992) while guest appearing in an episode of聽Mad About You聽as an eccentric billionaire. Lewis made his Broadway debut, as a replacement cast member playing the devil in a revival of聽Damn Yankees, choreographed by future movie director聽Rob Marshall聽(Chicago)聽while also starring in the film聽Arizona Dream聽(1994), as a car salesman uncle. Lewis then starred as a father of a young comic in聽Funny Bones聽(1995).

In March 2006, the聽French Minister of Culture聽awarded Lewis the聽L茅gion d’honneur, calling him the “French people’s favorite clown”聽Lewis has remained popular in the country, evidenced by consistent praise by French critics in the influential magazine聽Cahiers du Cin茅ma聽for his absurd comedy, in part because he had gained respect as an聽auteur聽who had total control over all aspects of his films, comparable to聽Howard Hawks聽and聽Alfred Hitchcock.

Liking Lewis has long been a common stereotype about the French in the minds of many English-speakers, and is often the object of jokes in聽English-speaking world聽pop culture.

“That Americans can’t see Jerry Lewis’s genius is bewildering,” says N. T. Binh, a French film magazine critic. Such bewilderment was the basis of the book聽Why the French Love Jerry Lewis, by Rae Beth Gordon

In 2012, Lewis directed a musical theatre version of聽The Nutty Professor聽(with score by聽Marvin Hamlisch) at the聽Tennessee Performing Arts Center聽in聽Nashville聽from July 31 to August 19 over the summer. Lewis appeared in the Brazilian film聽Till Luck Do Us Part 2聽(2013), then next in a small role in the crime drama聽The Trust聽(2016). Lewis made a comeback in a lead role in聽Max Rose聽(2016).

In an October 6, 2016 interview with聽Inside Edition, Lewis acknowledged that he may not star in any more films given his advanced age, while admitting, through tears, that he was afraid of dying as it would leave his wife and daughter alone.]聽In December of that year, he expressed interest in making another film.

Lewis has been married twice:

  • Patti Palmer (n茅e Esther Grace Calonico), a former singer with聽Ted Fio Ritomarried October 3, 1944, divorced September 1980[
  • SanDee Pitnick; married February 13, 1983; a 32-year-old Las Vegas dancer; married in聽Key Biscayne, Florida

He has six sons (one adopted) and one daughter (adopted):

With Patti Palmer

  • Gary Lewis(born July 31, 1945);聽known for his 1960s pop group聽Gary Lewis & the Playboys
  • Ronald Steven “Ronnie” Lewis (born December 1949 [adopted])
  • Scott Anthony Lewis (born February 22, 1956)
  • Christopher Lewis (born October 1957)
  • Anthony Lewis (born October 1959)
  • Joseph Lewis (born January 1964, died October 24, 2009 [from a聽narcoticsoverdose])[36]

With SanDee Pitnick

  • Danielle Sara Lewis (adopted March 1992)

Lewis has suffered from a number of illnesses and addictions related both to aging and a back injury sustained in a comedic pratfall from a piano while performing at the聽Sands Hotel聽on the聽Las Vegas Strip聽on March 20, 1965.

The accident almost left him paralyzed. In its aftermath, Lewis became addicted to the painkiller聽Percodan聽for thirteen years

He says he has been off the drug since 1978.]聽In April 2002, Lewis had a聽Medtronic聽“Synergy”聽neurostimulator聽implanted in his back which has helped reduce the discomfort. He is now one of the company’s leading spokesmen.

In the 2011 documentary聽Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis,聽Lewis said he suffered his first heart attack while filming聽Cinderfella聽in 1960.

In December 1982, Lewis suffered another heart attack. En route to San Diego from New York City on a cross-country commercial airline flight on June 11, 2006, he sustained a minor heart attack .

It was discovered that he had pneumonia as well as a severely damaged heart. He underwent a聽cardiac catheterization聽and two聽stents聽were inserted into one of his coronary arteries, which was 90% blocked. The surgery resulted in increased blood flow to his heart and has allowed him to continue his rebound from earlier lung problems. Having the cardiac catheterization meant canceling several major events from his schedule, but Lewis fully recuperated in a matter of weeks.

In 1999, Lewis’ Australian tour was cut short when he had to be hospitalized in聽Darwin聽with viral聽meningitis. He was ill for more than five months. It was reported in the Australian press that he had failed to pay his medical bills. However, Lewis maintained that the payment confusion was the fault of his health insurer. The resulting negative publicity caused him to sue his insurer for US$100聽million

Lewis has had聽prostate cancer,聽diabetes,聽pulmonary fibrosis and a decades-long history of聽heart disease.聽Prednisone 聽treatment in the late 1990s for pulmonary fibrosis resulted in weight gain and a noticeable change in his appearance.

In September 2001, Lewis was unable to perform at a planned London charity event at the聽London Palladium.

He was the headlining act, and he was introduced, but did not appear. He had suddenly become unwell, apparently with heart problems. He was subsequently taken to the hospital. Some months thereafter, Lewis began an arduous, months-long therapy that weaned him off prednisone and enabled him to return to work. On June 12, 2012, he was treated and released from a hospital after collapsing from聽hypoglycemia聽at a聽New York Friars’ Club聽event. This latest health issue forced him to cancel a show in Sydney.

Muscular dystrophy activism

Throughout his entire life and prolific career, Lewis was a world renowned humanitarian who has supported fundraising for research into聽muscular dystrophy. Until 2011, he served as national chairman of and spokesman for the聽Muscular Dystrophy Association聽(MDA) (formerly, the聽Muscular Dystrophy Associations of America).

Lewis began hosting telethons to benefit the company from 1952 to 1959, then every聽Labor Day聽weekend from 1966 to 2010, he hosted the live annual聽Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon. Over nearly half a century, he raised over $2.6聽billion in donations for the cause.

On August 3, 2011, it was announced that Lewis would no longer host the MDA telethons聽and is no longer associated with the Muscular Dystrophy Association

On May 1, 2015, it was announced that in view of “the new realities of television viewing and philanthropic giving”, the telethon was being discontinued.

]聽In early 2016, Lewis made an online video statement for the organization on its website, in honor of its rebranding, marking his first appearance in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association since his final Labor Day Telethon in 2010 and the ending of his tenure as national chairman in 2011.

Theater chain

In 1969, Lewis agreed to lend his name to “Jerry Lewis Cinemas”, offered by National Cinema Corporation as a franchise business opportunity for those interested in theatrical movie exhibition. Jerry Lewis Cinemas stated that their theaters could be operated by a staff of as few as two with the aid of automation and support provided by the franchiser in booking films and in other aspects of film exhibition.

A forerunner of the smaller rooms typical of later multi-screen complexes, a Jerry Lewis Cinema was billed in franchising ads as a “mini-theatre” with a seating capacity of between 200 and 350. In addition to Lewis’s name, each Jerry Lewis Cinema bore a sign with a cartoon logo of Lewis in profile.

Initially 158 territories were franchised, with a buy-in fee of $10,000 or $15,000 depending on the territory, for what was called an “individual exhibitor”. For $50,000, the Jerry Lewis Cinemas offered an opportunity known as an “area directorship”, in which investors controlled franchising opportunities in a territory as well as their own cinemas.

The success of the chain was hampered by a policy of only booking second-run, family-friendly films. Eventually the policy was changed, and the Jerry Lewis Cinemas were allowed to show more competitive films, but after a decade the chain failed. Both Lewis and National Cinema Corp. declared bankruptcy in 1980.

Jerry’s House

In 2010, Lewis met with 7-year-old Lochie Graham who shared his idea for “Jerry’s House”, a place for vulnerable and traumatized children. The Australian charity hope2Day is raising funds to build the facility in聽Melbourne, Australia.

SOURCES : WIKIPEDIA

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ALDO MACCIONE… BIRTHDAY 27 NOV


HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALDO MACCIONE

Aldo Maccione est un acteur et chanteur italien n茅 le 27 novembre 1935 脿 Turin (Italie).

 

 

Acteur de com茅die, il a tourn茅 dans son pays d’origine, mais c’est en France qu’il est devenu une vedette et o霉 il a fait l’essentiel de sa carri猫re dans les ann茅es 1970 et les ann茅es 1980.

 

Apr猫s avoir gagn茅 un radio-crochet dans les ann茅es 60, Aldo Maccione est engag茅 par un th茅芒tre turinois o霉 il se fait remarquer en imitant les stars de l’茅poque comme Jerry Lewis et Clark Gable. Venu travailler 脿 Paris, il fait les entractes de l’Olympia avec son groupe italien, le quatuor 芦聽Les Brutos聽禄. Ils se produisent aux quatre coins de la plan猫te.

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Entre quelques scopitones (anc锚tres des clips) dont un tourn茅 par son futur r茅alisateur, Claude Lelouch, et quelques 茅missions t茅l茅 de vari茅t茅, il cr茅e un nouveau groupe parodique, 芦聽Les Tontos聽禄, qui se produit six ans d’affil茅e 脿 l’Emporium de Barcelone. C’est en accompagnant Sacha Distel 脿 Londres et 脿 l’Olympia qu’il cr茅e et popularise sa marque de fabrique聽: 芦聽Aldo la classe聽禄

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En 1970, Claude Lelouch, amus茅 par sa d茅marche cambr茅e 芦聽emprunt茅e聽禄 脿 Alberto Sordi, lui donne son premier r么le au cin茅ma dans Le Voyou. En 1972, il retrouve Claude Lelouch pour L’aventure c’est l’aventure o霉, aux c么t茅s de vedettes comme Lino Ventura, Charles Denner et Jacques Brel, il fait une c茅l猫bre d茅monstration de groupe de sa d茅marche.

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Dans les ann茅es 1970, les r么les comiques se succ猫dent. Il appara卯t dans le premier volet de la Septi猫me Compagnie en 1973 (Henri Guybet reprendra son r么le dans les deux 茅pisodes suivants), mais aussi aux c么t茅s de Pierre Richard (Je suis timide mais je me soigne, C’est pas moi, c’est lui) ou Jean-Paul Belmondo (L’Animal).

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Les ann茅es 1980 s’av猫rent glorieuses et il est une vedette qui permet 脿 des com茅dies de se monter sur son seul nom. Il abandonne son personnage d’芦聽Aldo la classe聽禄 脿 la fin des ann茅es 1980 et a du mal 脿 donner un nouveau souffle 脿 sa carri猫re, faisant n茅anmoins quelques apparitions dans des films ou t茅l茅films.

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En 2005, il appara卯t dans le film fran莽ais Travaux, on sait quand 莽a commence… aux c么t茅s de Carole Bouquet et Jean-Pierre Castaldi, dans le r么le d’un carreleur un peu trop imbu de sa personne.

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Il vit d茅sormais 脿 Saint-Paul-de-Vence dans les Alpes-Maritimes.

 

脌 partir du 29 janvier 2010, il participe 脿 la troisi猫me saison de La Ferme C茅l茅brit茅s en Afrique qu’il quitte le 5 f茅vrier 2010, pour cause de probl猫mes de sant茅.

 

Le 5 juin 2015, le journaliste et r茅alisateur Gilles Botineau publie aux 脡ditions Christian Navarro une biographie enti猫rement consacr茅e au com茅dien. L’ouvrage, titr茅Aldo Maccione, la classe , est pr茅fac茅 par Claude Lelouch.

 

Sources Wikipedia