September 3, 2010 |
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.
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July 4, 2009 |
Anna Karen Morrow, 94, an actress who had a regular role on the 1960s prime-time soap opera "Peyton Place" and also appeared on Broadway, in films and on other television shows, died Wednesday at a retirement home in Woodland Hills. The actress, a longtime resident of Encino, died from complications of old age, her daughter Lissa Morrow Christian said. As Anna Karen, her film credits included "The Price of Fear," which starred Merle Oberon, and "The Wrong Man" alongside Henry Fonda.
February 23, 2009 |
Jerry Lewis is known as one of show business' silliest and most outrageous clowns. But when he was honored Sunday night during the Oscars for his humanitarian work, he played it straight. "This touches my heart and the very depths of my soul, not only because of who this award is from, but who it will benefit," Lewis said in accepting the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. "My humility is staggering."
September 3, 2008 |
Jerry Lewis raised a record $65 million for the Muscular Dystrophy Assn. in his annual Labor Day telethon, a benefit that also made a pitch for those inconvenienced by Hurricane Gustav. This year's 22-hour telethon added a special plea for MDA-registered families forced to leave their homes because of the hurricane, which made landfall Monday in Louisiana. The storm affected nearly 5,000 MDA families needing services in their new location, the organization said. The 2008 haul for the 43rd annual fundraising blitz was $1.2 million more than last year's total.
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June 8, 2006 |
Robert Ross, 86, the president and chief executive of the Muscular Dystrophy Assn. who recruited Jerry Lewis for the organization's annual Labor Day telethon, died Monday of pneumonia at a Tucson hospital.
March 10, 1999 |
The food supplement creatine, used by many athletes to increase their strength, can also increase the strength of patients with muscular dystrophy and other wasting diseases, researchers report in a study to be released today. The new finding comes on the heels of an animal study suggesting that creatine is twice as effective in controlling symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, as the only drug now marketed for treating it.