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December 17, 2011 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Love him or hate him — or love him and hate him — it is hard to deny the colossus that is Jerry Lewis, International Clown. Even if you only know him from his echoes — Professor Frink on "The Simpsons," Adam Sandler movies, the Beastie Boys — you are living in a world that he has partly made. Among American film comedians, he's one of a small number who rate the term "auteur"; at the same time, he's kids' stuff, a thing we know from childhood and treasure like other childhood things.
August 8, 2011
Lewis' contribution Re "Jerry Lewis ousted by MDA," Aug. 5 The Times mentions the strides made in muscular dystrophy research almost parenthetically to Jerry Lewis and the telethon. To be sure, the Muscular Dystrophy Assn. is more than a telethon and more than Jerry Lewis, but the great advances in treatment were due in no small measure to Lewis' efforts. The article quotes Lewis as saying, "Get the cure for muscular dystrophy, then I'm fine. " The fact is, his efforts and that of the MDA may well have led to just that.
August 5, 2011 | By Steven Zeitchik and Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
For the first time in 45 years, Jerry Lewis will not be pleading for donations in front of a camera Labor Day weekend after he was abruptly dismissed as the host of the Muscular Dystrophy Assn.'s telethon, an event that drew attention to the childhood disease and in its heyday was an annual television highlight. The group said the 85-year-old legendary comedian would not appear on this year's telethon, and would no longer serve as its national chairman, a position he held for nearly 60 years.
August 4, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Thursday. Change of plans: You won't get get to see Jerry Lewis on the MDA telethon one last time this year. He's out of the organization completely. ( Huffington Post ) President Obama's 50th birthday party is looking as if it'll be decidedly unstarry. ( Los Angeles Times ) CNN's Piers Morgan and Paul McCartney's ex, Heather Mills, are having a phone-hacking spat of their own. ( Los Angeles Times ) Her Royal Highness, Kate, has gained entry into the International Best Dressed list.
May 17, 2011
Telethon to be Lewis' last Jerry Lewis, who has hosted the annual Muscular Dystrophy Assn. telethon for 45 years, said Monday he would be retiring from that job after this year's show, which is undergoing a major overhaul. Starting this September, the Labor Day telethon will shrink to six hours, with the 85-year-old entertainer joined by four co-hosts: Nigel Lythgoe of "American Idol" and "So You Think You Can Dance," "Entertainment Tonight's" Nancy O'Dell and Jann Carl, and "The Biggest Loser's" Alison Sweeney.
December 4, 2010 | By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
After four years, federal authorities in Los Angeles have dropped an investigation of Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Redlands), who came under scrutiny for his ties to lobbyists whose clients received millions of dollars in congressional earmarks. "This office recently informed attorneys for Mr. Lewis that we were closing a criminal investigation," Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles, said in an e-mail. He declined to comment further. Lewis said that the Justice Department statement "confirms what I've known from day one ?
November 20, 2010 | By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Redlands), under fire from deficit hawks for steering tens of millions of dollars to projects in his district, faced a new challenge Friday in his bid for the chairmanship of the House Appropriations Committee. Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) launched a campaign for the gavel, citing his efforts to rein in spending, including the practice of lawmakers earmarking funds for pet projects. Rep. Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) is also seeking the post. Lewis chaired the panel before Democrats won control of the House in 2006 and is its top-ranking Republican.
November 18, 2010 | By Louis Lucero II, Los Angeles Times
The words "eternal telethon" evoke a kind of fever dream, a never-ending parade of well-meaning celebrities and philanthropic lions such as Jerry Lewis endlessly pitching and pitching. John Burtle is aware of the associations. But the 24-year-old L.A. artist also believes that the art world hasn't yet realized the full potential of the much-maligned telethon format. Like, for instance, building a retirement home for artists near the Salton Sea. For 24 hours beginning Saturday at noon, Burtle is cohosting and coordinating the latest installment of a categorically open-ended charity drive called the Eternal Telethon, broadcast over the Internet in a live stream on the project's website, http://www.
September 3, 2010 | Chris Lee
On a recent afternoon, comedy legend Jerry Lewis cracked open a diet soda and dimmed the lights inside a casino ballroom to drink in the spectacle of Charlie Chaplin impersonating Hitler. A scene from Chaplin's 1940 Nazi satire "The Great Dictator" flickered across a bank of monitors, part of a video montage Lewis was editing together for his signature cause, the Muscular Dystrophy Assn. Telethon . The 211/2 -hour annual event has raised $2.45 billion for "Jerry's kids" to date; its 45th edition kicks off on some 170 television stations Sunday evening.
August 19, 2010
Jerry Lee Lewis will join his likeness onstage when he performs with the cast of the hit Broadway musical "Million Dollar Quartet" for a one-time jam session during the finale Sept. 10. Levi Kreis won a Tony Award for his portrayal of Lewis, and they recently recorded the classic 1959 song "Money" for Lewis' upcoming album "Mean Old Man. " "Million Dollar Quartet" tells the story of an actual impromptu jam session in 1956 among Sun Recording artists Lewis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley.
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