The Bittersweet Life of Jerry Lewis: Fame, Fortune, and Resentment

The comedy legend was said to have had a fling with the one and only Marilyn Monroe. He had two marriages, seven kids, and an alleged “love child.” But Jerry Lewis’s eternal love was for his former comedy partner Dean Martin. That said, it doesn’t mean Lewis didn’t have a passion for women, comedy, and raising eyebrows.


Jerry Lewis. ‘Max Rose’ film photocall, 66th Cannes Film Festival, France. Photo By Matt Baron/BEI/Shutterstock

The 91-year-old died in 2017 in his Las Vegas home, leaving behind not only family and friends, but a whole generation of adoring fans who loved nothing more than to roar with laughter at his sometimes controversial material. Although Lewis had tons of fans, he also had his fair share of critics and downright haters – some of them his own children. Regardless of which side you’re on, Lewis was a defining figure in American entertainment.

This is the bittersweet life of Jerry Lewis.

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