By: Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY
Jerry Lewis’ irrepressibly zany persona made him one of the most famous people on Earth.
But meeting Lewis, who died Sunday at 91, in person as a working journalist gave me a wildly different view of the legendary comedian. He did not suffer interviews gladly.
More specifically, he didn’t suffer entertainment journalists who expected more out of a sitdown than publicity for Lewis’ latest film.
I survived two memorable interviews where I went toe-to-mouth with Jerry Lewis. His toe, maybe his whole foot, eventually figuratively stuck in my mouth.
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