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Jerry Lewis’ actual kids excluded from his will

Jerry Lewis, seen here being kissed by Criss Angel, who must not not a child from his first marriage. (Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Miss Manners considers it bad form to speak ill of the dead. She would probably not want to be a fly on the wall in the homes of the siblings Jerry Lewis fathered during his first marriage right about now.

Despite the long-running “Jerry’s kids” sobriquet applied to children helped by the comedian’s charity work with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, his own children—now grown-ass adults, to be fair—will be receiving far less charity from their father than others did, even from beyond the grave. The Blast reports Lewis, who died last month at the age of 91, made sure to exclude all six children from his first marriage to ex-wife Patti Palmer from his will. And just to really twist the knife, he goes on to clarify that his grandchildren are also going to get squat, because the spawn of his disliked spawn deserve nothing as well.


He makes sure to note that son Joseph, who passed away in 2009 from a drug overdose, is already deceased, because otherwise someone might reasonably interpret those particular grandchildren as being recipients of his estate. It seems that, in addition to having no patience for bullshit interview questions, he also left no quarter for family members with whom he enjoyed a fractious relationship, all of whom Lewis reportedly cut out of his life completely after marrying his second wife. That woman, SanDee Pitnick, stands to inherit the entire estate, with their adopted daughter Danielle being second in line. We can only hope this true-life material will generate some exciting new songs for newly inheritance-less Gary Lewis And The Playboys.

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