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Polly Bergen Movies: 'First American Woman President,' 'Cape Fear' Rape Victim

Polly Bergen publicity shot ca. 1960s. Polly Bergen movies: 'First woman U.S. president' dead at 84 Emmy Award-winning actress Polly Bergen – whose movie and television roles ranged from the first woman U.S. president in the 1964 comedy Kisses for My President to Felicity Huffman's mother in Desperate Housewives – died of “natural causes” on Sept. 20, '14, at her home in Southbury, Connecticut. The 84-year-old Bergen, a heavy smoker for five decades, had been suffering from emphysema and other ailments since the 1990s. Never a top movie star, Bergen was a popular television personality, guesting in dozens of TV series and taking part as a panelist in shows such as The Hollywood Squares and To Tell the Truth (both […]


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Polly Bergen Movies: 'First American Woman President,' 'Cape Fear' Rape Victim



Jerry Lewis 'Max Rose': Cannes Standing Ovation for 'Disastrous' Comeback

Jerry Lewis in 'Max Rose.' Jerry Lewis Max Rose panned: Cannes Film Festival Jerry Lewis and Charles Chaplin both made comedies. What else do they have in common? One possible answer: Claire Bloom, Chaplin's Limelight “discovery” (Bloom had already been featured in the 1948 British drama The Blind Goddess) and Lewis' leading lady in Max Rose. (Image: Jerry Lewis in Max Rose.) Jerry Lewis' first movie since Funny Bones (1995), Max Rose was screened yesterday at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Written and directed by Daniel Noah, whose previous directorial effort was the little-seen 2001 thriller Twelve, Max Rose stars the 87-year-old Lewis in the title role: a former jazz pianist who, following the death of his wife (Claire Bloom), […]


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Jerry Lewis 'Max Rose': Cannes Standing Ovation for 'Disastrous' Comeback



Woman Comedians: Judd Apatow vs. Jerry Lewis + Critics' Choice Awards

While accepting the award for Best Comedy for Bridesmaids at the 2012 Critics' Choice Awards ceremony, Judd Apatow ended his speech with the following: “Jerry Lewis [photo] once said that he didn't think women were funny. So I'd just like to say, with all respect, fuck you.” Jerry Lewis' negative comment about female comedians was made at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen in 1998. During a Q&A session with Martin Short, Lewis said “I don't like any female comedians.” What about Lucille Ball, Short asked? “No. A woman doing comedy doesn't offend me but sets me back a bit. I, as a viewer, have trouble with it. I think of her as a producing machine that brings babies […]


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Woman Comedians: Judd Apatow vs. Jerry Lewis + Critics' Choice Awards