Jerry Lewis leaves all six children from first marriage out of his will

By Giles Hardie August 21, 2017
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Jerry Lewis, associated with laughter and charity for his entire life, is unlikely to be associated with either by his children.

The comedy star, who died from heart failure in August aged 91, has deliberately and clearly stated that all six of the children he shared with first wife Patti Palmer will receive nothing from his estate according to his will, obtained by People.

Five of the six children are not merely left out of the will, they are individually exclude by name.

The sixth child to the marriage, Joseph, died in 2009.

The will states in no uncertain terms: 

“I have intentionally excluded Gary Lewis, Ronald Lewis, Anthony Joseph Lewis, Christopher Joseph Lewis, Scott Anthony Lewis, and Joseph Christopher Lewis and their descendants as beneficiaries of my estate, it being my intention that they shall receive no benefits hereunder.” 

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Lewis executed the will in 2012.

Married for 36 years between 1944 and 1980, Lewis and Palmer were wed only two months after meeting, but were plagued by stories of his alleged infedility.

He then married his second wife SanDee Pitnick only a month after his divorce was finalised in 1983, and they remained married until his death.

Pitnick will receive Lewis’s estate as his widow. 

Next in the line of inheritance is his 25-year-old adopted daughter Danielle, who was the comedian’s manager at the time of his death.

It was Danielle that confirmed that “he passed peacefully at home of natural causes with his loving family at his side.”

Lewis is best known for his work alongside Dean Martin in 1950s Hollywood, with films like Scared Stiff and Hollywood or Bust, and also as the host of charity telethons in the USA.

The entertainer once attributed his success in Hollywood to "being a total idiot" and looking “at the world through a child’s eyes”

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