Comedienne Jerry Lewis Died in Las Vegas
Comedienne Jerry Lewis, 91, has died in Las Vegas. He died at his home at 9:15 am. His agent confirmed the news. During the last ten years some believe his reputation soured as he often made racist jokes and let everyone know about his right-wing political views. In recent years he was well-known for his annual Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy telethon. Lewis raised more than $2.45 billion during his leadership. He was relieved from that role in 2011.
Offstage He Was Known as an Impatient Man
Lewis’ offstage persona was anything but humorous. He admitted that he was an impatient man. Over the years he faced a number of illnesses.
For more than ten years Lewis teamed with comedienne and singer Dean Martin. During their years together they performed in a number of films including “The Caddy,” “The Stooge,” “Artists and Models” and “Pardners.” None of the films grossed less than $5 million which was a large box office draw in those days. In 1956 they made their last film together, “Hollywood or Bust.” They made their last joint appearance at the Copacabana.
After their separation Lewis continued making such movies as “The Delicate Delinquent” and “Rock-a-Bye Baby.” He signed with Decca Records where he recorded several albums. He had a million-selling single with “Rock-a-Bye Your Baby.” Lewis went on to write, produce and direct films. His first two, “The Ladies Man” and “The Errand Boy,” showed him at his best. “The Nutty Professor” was his biggest success and it grossed $19 million. Most of his later film work failed to impress such as “Slapstick of Another Kind,” “Cookie” and in 1992, “American Dreamer.”
In his late 50’s he married Sandra Pitnick. She was 32 and a former airline stewardess. They had a daughter, Dani. She was named for Jerry’s father.