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Jerry Lewis on Women Comics: "Children of a Lesser God" Inspiring Actress Dies

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jerry Lewis says women are funny, but not as crude standup comics.
The 88-year-old entertainer was criticized for expressing his distaste for female comedians a few years ago, but in clarifying his comments, he called Lucille Ball "brilliant" and said Carol Burnett is "the greatest female entrepreneur of comedy."
But women who "project aggression" onstage rub him the wrong way because women bear children, "which is a miracle," he said.
Lewis was accompanied by his wife and daughter Saturday as he left his hand and footprints in cement outside Hollywood's Chinese Theatre. Quentin Tarantino introduced Lewis, who planned to attend a 50th anniversary screening of "The Nutty Professor" later that evening as part of the TCM Classic Film Festival.

Tony Award-winning actress Phyllis Frelich dies
Phyllis Frelich, a Tony Award-winning deaf actress who starred in the Broadway version of "Children of a Lesser God," has died. She was 70.
Her husband, Robert Steinberg, said Frelich died Thursday at her Southern California home. She suffered from a degenerative neurological condition for several years.
The oldest of nine deaf children born to deaf parents, Frelich became interested in acting while at the North Dakota School for the Deaf and Gallaudet College in Washington, D.C.
She joined the National Theatre of the Deaf, where she met Steinberg, who worked as a scenic and lighting designer on several plays by Mark Medoff.
The couple inspired Medoff to create "Children of a Lesser God," which follows the relationship between a deaf woman and a teacher at a school for the deaf.


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