The world pays incredible homage to entertainment celebrities, but they’re all sinners and as messed up as everyone else, perhaps even more so.
I’ve been watching some video interviews of Jerry Lewis recently. Back in the early-1960s, only a handful of entertainers were as popular as Jerry Lewis (1926-2017). Jerry began his career as a comedian in 1946, with Dean Martin as his straight-man partner. The two brought their successful nightclub act to Hollywood and made 14 films together. They parted company in 1956 and Lewis would go on to produce and/or direct twenty films.
I remember seeing Jerry’s “The Nutty Professor” (1963) at the drive-in with my family and in my seven-year-old mind, I thought it was the best movie of all time. I loved Jerry’s silly slapstick humor.
Jerry was also known for his humanitarian work, especially for hosting the Muscular Dystrophy Telethon each year, from 1966 to 2010. However, Jerry was also famous for being a temperamental diva. In his interviews, he exudes a pompousness that’s unmatched. Jerry defined the term, “full of himself.”
Lewis’ wife, Patti, filed for divorce in 1980 after 35 years of marriage, citing infidelity. Lewis subsequently excluded all five* of his sons with Patti from his will (see photo above). Nice guy. When Jerry died in 2017, everything went to his second wife and their adopted daughter.
But that wasn’t the only carnage. Lewis’ daughter from an extra-marital affair walks the streets of Philadelphia as a homeless person. Jerry never publicly acknowledged her.
How could a celebrated “humanitarian” be so cruel to his own flesh and blood? We are all sinners and we all need to be saved by Jesus Christ.
*Lewis’ youngest son, Joseph, committed suicide in 2009.