June 17, 2013 |
In recent years, the Muscular Dystrophy Assn.'s annual telethon has undergone dramatic transformations from its early days as a live Labor Day weekend broadcast spanning almost two days with an endless parade of stars, pleas for charity and the anything-goes antics of host Jerry Lewis. The hours were gradually reduced, and the most jarring change came in 2011 when the MDA abruptly ousted Lewis as host and national chairman without much explanation. The event continued without him, airing on local and cable stations, but lost much of its entertainment value, which had been tied to Lewis' unpredictable persona.
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May 3, 1997
It wasn't the Jerry Lewis shtick doctors at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center thought they had signed up to see. Instead, the whiniest voice and goofiest walk on the silver screen stopped by to deliver a serious, personal message. "The patients are fine," the veteran comedian told about 100 health care professionals Friday. "You people have to lighten up."
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September 7, 1999 |
Ailing comedian Jerry Lewis kicked off his annual Labor Day Telethon with a rendition of "Sitting on Top of the World," but had to sit out much of the event backstage after seeing double and complaining of a headache, a spokesman said Monday. "He experienced some double vision and his blood pressure spiked," said Jim Brown, a spokesman for the telethon.
October 14, 2004 |
The Day After Tomorrow Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal Fox, $30 Director Roland Emmerich has destroyed most of America and the rest of world several times over in "Independence Day" and "Godzilla." The world is in peril once again in this silly but entertaining epic about the effects of global warming. The special effects are impressive and the cast, which includes Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ian Holm, Sela Ward and Emmy Rossum, is better than average. The digital edition is a mixed bag.
November 15, 2003 |
Jerry Lewis has been hospitalized for several weeks trying to wean himself from a steroid medication he took for a life-threatening respiratory condition, his manager said Friday. The 77-year-old comedian was trying to recuperate and strengthen his lungs at an undisclosed Las Vegas hospital as he stopped taking prednisone for pulmonary fibrosis, manager Claudia Stabile said. The medication caused him to gain so much weight that his body appeared noticeably bloated in recent years.
August 5, 2006 |
Actor Jerry Lewis sued Walt Disney Co.'s Hollywood Pictures unit, saying he is owed $1.05 million under an agreement to remake or produce a sequel to the 1961 comedy "The Errand Boy." Hollywood Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment Group, which acquired the 1996 agreement from Hollywood Pictures, have paid Lewis only $50,000 out of the $1.
March 17, 2006 |
France formalized its fascination with Jerry Lewis on Thursday with a uniquely Gallic gift for his 80th birthday: a medal and induction into the Legion of Honor. Lewis received the honorary title of "Legion Commander" in a raucous ceremony in Paris -- hamming it up for the cameras, winking, sticking out his tongue and making his trademark funny faces.
December 20, 2006 |
A film about a clown forced to entertain prisoners in a German concentration camp might conjure up the ill-fated 1972 movie "The Day the Clown Cried," a Jerry Lewis project that was tied up in litigation and never released. But producer Ehud Bleiberg said "Adam Resurrected," a just-announced drama about a Jewish circus clown who survives the Holocaust, has nothing to do with the misbegotten Lewis movie. "It's a completely different story," said Bleiberg, whose L.A.-based company Bleiberg Entertainment developed and is partially financing the film, set to begin shooting in April in Romania.
August 30, 1986
If it's Labor Day weekend, it must be time for another Jerry Lewis telethon on behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Assn. The 21st annual event begins Sunday at 6 p.m. and continues until 4 p.m. Monday. The fund-raising program will be broadcast on Channels 11, 39, 42 and 6 (the latter in the Santa Barbara area). Lewis again will be joined by Ed McMahon to host the national portions of the telethon from Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
August 11, 1991 |
When amateur filmmaker and aspiring actor Randy Marcus of Los Angeles sent his comedy videotape off to the third annual Great RCA/Video Review Shootoff, he didn't expect to be the grand prize winner. The 14-minute video, "Le Roi Du Crazy, or That's No Life, Jerry," is a combination of spoof and tribute to Jerry Lewis, whom Marcus admires. It was one of more than 800 entries from across the country.