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May 24, 2013 | By John Horn
Given that he hasn't had a good joke since Eisenhower was in the White House, Jerry Lewis probably shouldn't have complained that he doesn't find female comedians funny. At a Cannes Film Festival news conference to tout his new film, “Max Rose,” the 87-year-old former telethon host said of women stand-ups, "It bothers me. I cannot sit and watch a lady diminish her qualities to the lowest common denominator. I just can't do that. " Even though Lewis' slapstick shtick makes him a Nobel Prize expert on lowest-common-denominator gags, it was a poorly timed complaint, given that a)
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."
September 7, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
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 | Susan King
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 | From Associated Press
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 | From Bloomberg News
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 | From the Associated Press
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.
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 | CHRISTINA V. GODBEY and Items for this column can be mailed to People, Los Angeles Times, Suite 200, 1717 4th St., Santa Monica 90401.
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.
September 5, 1995 | BOB POOL
Protesters in wheelchairs blocked celebrities' limousines and crashed through barricades at a Hollywood television studio Monday where entertainer Jerry Lewis was conducting his annual Labor Day telethon for muscular dystrophy. But police and guards kept two dozen demonstrators from entering the CBS Television City stage where the 21 1/2-hour extravaganza was being beamed to 190 television stations across the country.
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