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PAGE 16A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 1, 2017 Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis during the height of their "Martin and Lewis" days. By Dr. Yvette Alt Miller into his late 80s. AishHatorahReseurees Lewis was born in 1926 in Newark, New Jersey. Most Jerry Lewis, who has died sources give his original at the age of 91, was a con- name as Joseph Levitch. His summate entertainer, one parents were Jewish immi- of the 20th century's great grants from Russia and they comic geniuses and a great logged long hours as vaude- philanthropist. Beloved on villeentertainersinCatskilis screen, his personal life was hotels. At times, Jerry Lewis often tumultuous. Suffering performed with his parents; through decades where his his first professional gig was worklanguished, henonethe- singing "Brother, Can You less continued to challenge Spare a Dime" when he was himselfwithnewprojectswell just five years old. Much of the time, though, Lewis lived Lewis seems to have been with his grandmother while unable to take pleasure in his parents travelled. That his family. Within a month insecurity and fear of being of his divorce being finalized abandoned never left him, he married his second wife, he later recalled, and drove SanDee Pitnick. most of his comic material Lewis is best known for in later years, the many movies he made By the time he was 16, with Dean Martin. The two Lewis was a full time singer metwhilesingingatthesame and entertainer. When he nightclub in Manhattan in was 18, he was working in a 1944, and soon perfected the Detroit theater when he met comicset-upthatwouldmark a 23-year-old singer with the their work together: Martin stage name Patti Palmer. would be the sophisticated, Within three months, they handsome singerwhileLewis married, would be his slap-stick comic At first, Lewis later re- foil. called, he insisted that Patti The act fit the mood of convert to Judaism. Soon, the times when Martin's all- though, Patti started reassert- American persona seemed to ingherCatholicfaith, encour- be the ideal, and Lewis' Jew- aging Lewis to attend church ish looks and ethnic persona with her. By the time they'd were thestuffofcomedy.Ona been married 21 years, in personallevel, too, Lewis, who 1965, Lewis described having confided he was always beset abandonedhisearlierpromise by anxiety and insecurity, to have a Jewish home. His might have envied the more family, he acknowledged, assured Martin. weren't pleased with his new The two comedians were religious lifestyle, close friends for years but Their marriagelasted for36 eventually grew apart. Lewis years but seems to have been was jealouswhen Martin said deeplyunhappy.Althoughthe he might want to revive his couple had six sons together, solo singing career. After If you're like most people, you'll probably wait until the last minute to send your annual Jewish New Year greetings. 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Name(s) on greeting should read: L If you have any questions, call HERITAGE at 407-834-8787. 1 a farewell performance in to this cause. In an interview 1956, the two didn't speak onThePhilDonahueShowhe for decades. A 1976 on-air once explained "It was avery reunion was visibly awkward, personal, very private reason," It was only in 1987, when but would not elaborate. Dean Martin's son died in a His work with the Mus- tragic accident that Lewis cular Dystrophy Association attended the funeral and came to an end suddenly got back in touch with his in 2010, apparently over a old friend, disagreement with the Asso- Like so much in his life, ciation's president. Lewis did Lewis seems to have been un- make a promotional video for able to grasp how important thetelethonin2016,butnever Martinwasuntilhewasgone. appeared live on the show In a 2016 interview, Lewis ex- he'd built up and defined for plained"I miss Dean" and that decades. The annual telethon he'd loved his collaborator and was discontinued afterwards. co-star. "I wish he were here. Lewis was also criticized He was a miracle that God put for being condescending and in my life and working with exploitive to the children on him was a feeling I'll never the show whom he dubbed ever forget." Martin had died "Jerry's Kids." The writer and in 1995and"Thereisn'tadayI editor, Ben Mattlin, who'd don't think about him," Lewis appeared on Lewis' telethon, explained, spoke for many when he wrote As movie styles evolved, "those of us with severe, Lewis'brandofslapstickcom- progressive, neurological edy fell out of fashion. "I look conditions (are) fine as we at the world through a child's are. We don't need fixing eyes because I'm nine," Lewis We need respect Your pity explainedina2002interview; campaign is so dispiriting, "I stayed that way. I made a so destructive, that it doesn't career out of it. It's a wonder- matter how many millionsyou ful place to be." Even though raise, the ends do not justify his career slowed down, the means." In 2001, Lewis Lewis continued to appear in apologized for using insensi- movies, and in 2012 he even tive language in his appeals, directed a musical version acknowledging some of the of his hit movie "The Nutty hurt he'd caused with these Professor." The then-85 year words, even as he raised huge old Lewis had never directed amounts formedicalresearch. a stage production before but Jerry Lewis made theworld he relished the challenge, a funnier place. His slapstick "There's something about come@ routines would often the risk, the courage that feature him playing the fool, it takes to face the risk," he making grandiose plans and explained at the time. "I'm not falling fiat on his face. In real going to get greatness unless life, too, Lewis dreamed big, I have to go at it with fear and and sometimes fell far short uncertainty." of his goals and hopes. Yet in Lewis was also known for someways, his determination the annual Labor Day Muscu- to dream big paid off: raising iar Dystrophy Telethons that billions for charity, creating he hosted from 1966 through a legacy of movies, publicly 2010. Inviting celebrities showing that it's possible to such as Sammy Davis Jr. apologize and keep growing, and Johnny Carson on to the no matter what our stage in show, Lewis eventually raised life--and above all, making $2.45 billion for the Muscular us laugh. Dystrophy Association. In YvetteAltMillerearnedher 1977 he was even nominated B.A. at Harvard University. for the Nobel Peace Prize for ShecompletedaPostgraduate hisworkwiththeAssociation. Diploma in Jewish Studies at This work was important Oxford University, and has a to Lewis even though he Ph.D. In International Rela- was always vague about the tionsfrom the London School reasons for his commitment of Economics. 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