Oprah’s Philanthropy Earns Her Honorary Oscar

By SANDY COHEN LOS ANGELES — Oprah Winfrey says she understands why some balked when the film academy announced it would give her an honorary Oscar for her humanitarian contributions. The 57-year-old media mogul will receive the prestigious Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award on Saturday at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ third annual […]

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Telethon Claims Huge Tally, But Jerry’s Absence is Felt

LAS VEGAS — Even without Jerry Lewis, the Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon posted its best gain since the recession started, though the program’s longtime host was on the minds of many during the 46th annual fundraiser. “American Idol” executive producer Nigel Lythgoe said after co-hosting Sunday’s program that he’s sorry the famed comedian didn’t participate, […]

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Telethon Hosts Salute ‘Retired’ Jerry Lewis

LAS VEGAS — The hosts of the 46th annual Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon said Sunday that Jerry Lewis retired from the organization and its yearly fundraiser — the charity’s first comments about the beloved icon’s departure since an announcement last month that he would not be seen in this year’s telethon. Lewis publicist Candi Cazau […]

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Lewis Comments on Telethon, But Doesn’t Explain Split

LAS VEGAS — King of Comedy Jerry Lewis said Saturday that his years of service to the Muscular Dystrophy Association helped make him a star, but he didn’t provide details on his recent departure as the group’s national chairman. In his first public appearance since that announcement, Lewis accepted a lifetime achievement award from the […]

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MDA Telethon Making Major Changes Without Lewis

By Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press PHOENIX — Comedian Jerry Lewis’ conspicuous absence will not be the only change at the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s telethon this Labor Day weekend. The Arizona-based organization is making major changes to the telethon, slashing it down from a nearly 22-hour show to six hours of prime-time television in an […]

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Lewis, MDA Mum on Reasons for Comedian’s Exit

BY: OSKAR GARCIA Comedian Jerry Lewis and the Muscular Dystrophy Association aren’t saying why they’re fully parting ways after 45 years and raising more than $1 billion for the nonprofit through its annual telethon. But the 85-year-old comedian told reporters last week that he plans to hold a press conference the day after this year’s […]

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Jerry Lewis Tight-Lipped on Telethon Role

LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) – Veteran entertainer Jerry Lewis on Thursday brushed aside questions about media reports that he was retiring as host of the annual U.S. telethon for muscular dystrophy, suggesting they were false. Lewis, 85, announced in May that he would be making his final performance this September on the telethon he has […]

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