Jerry Lewis, who parlayed his distinctive style of low-brow comedy into a long-running movie and stage career and became a fixture on the American calendar with his Labor Day charity telethon, died in Las Vegas on Sunday at the age of 91.
Here is a sampling of reaction from celebrities who knew and admired Lewis’ comedic genius:
Nancy Sinatra, daughter of Frank Sinatra, on Twitter: “Dear Jerry, Dad will be as happy to see you as I’m sad to see you go. Give him one of your bear hugs for me. I’ll always love you.” Deana Martin, daughter of Dean Martin, Lewis’ longtime comedic partner, on Twitter: “I’m heartbroken at the loss of our life-long friend (Uncle) Jerry Lewis. I’ve loved him all my life and will miss him greatly.”
Comedian and actor Carol Burnett on CNN: “What a wonderful legacy Jerry Lewis leaves for all of us, in his