In the 1960s and beyond, "Gary Lewis and the Playboys," were one of the most popular rock 'n' roll bands in the world, with more than 40 million record sales to their credit. But Gary Lewis has recently attained hero status by coming to the aid of his sister, Suzan Lewis, a one time New York debutante in the 1960s, who eventually found herself disabled and homeless, living on the streets of Florida.
Gary Lewis has known Suzan Minoret, who now uses the name Suzan Lewis, since 2004. After seeing her credentials, hearing her story, and looking into her face (which mirrors her father's face), Gary Lewis was convinced. Although none of the other Lewis family members refuted Suzan Lewis' claims, none of them ever offered to help her in any way. When TV's Inside Edition came up with the idea of a DNA test, Gary Lewis was right there for his sister. In Gary Lewis' words, "Everybody has the right to know where they came from and who they are."
Suzan Lewis was snatched from harms way by Gary Lewis' personal manager, after she was nearly arrested for vagrancy in Florida. Due to her inability to work as a result of injuries sustained in a nearly fatal car accident, the daughter of Jerry Lewis would have likely ended up in a homeless shelter, with just the clothes on her back. Things are looking much better for the soon to be entertainer and homeless advocate, but where has Jerry Lewis been in all of this?
Since the positive DNA test proving Gary Lewis and Suzan Lewis have the same biological father, they have gone on the radio talk show circuit together. Time and time again, Suzan Lewis has stated she wants nothing from her father except public acknowledgement, and maybe a day together now and then. She often reminisces about the day her father did accept her as his own, during a 1980 meeting in France. But the following day Jerry Lewis' manager told Suzan Lewis to stay away because, "You look so much like Jerry, people will know you're his daughter!" Nothing has changed since 1980. Jerry Lewis refuses to see his biological daughter, or even comment on her to the press. He even tried to have her removed from her seat when he learned she was in his audience at a 2008 New York theatrical appearance.
American's are very forgiving when their public heros make verbal faux pas, but they are not tolerant of a blatant display of neglect when it comes to their children, regardless if the offspring is 57 years old. Even the irreverent talk show host Howard Stern became very reverent on his show, in the defense of Suzan Lewis.
If Jerry Lewis is considering another stint at hosting the annual Muscular Dystrophy Telethon, he will need to come to terms with his daughter and with the American people, before he utters the words, "Jerry's Kids."