Patti Palmer: What Happened To Jerry Lewis’ Ex-wife?

Patti Palmer

Who Is Jerry Lewis’ Ex-wife?

Patti Palmer was a singer, known for being the former wife of American actor, comedian, singer, director, producer, writer, and humanitarian, Jerry Lewis. Patti’s ex-husband was born Joseph Levitch and he is known by his nickname “The King of Comedy”. He was one of the most influential and successful personalities of his time. He was featured in 60 films and directed 13 films. His contributions to comedy and charity made him a global figure in pop culture.

Patti Palmer: Bio Summary

NamePatti Palmer
Date of birth November 20, 1921
DiedJanuary 15, 2021 (aged 99)
Famous asJerry Lewis’ Ex-wife, singer
ParentsAngelo Colonico and Mary Rotellini Farino
Spouse/exJerry Lewis
Children Gary, Scott, Christopher, Anthony, Joseph, Ronald
OccupationSinger, actress

Patti Palmer was born on November 20, 1921, in Cambria, Wyoming, USA. She celebrates her birthday on November 20th every year. Her parents are Angelo Colonico and Mary Rotellini Farino. She was a singer and actress by profession. She performed with Ted Fio Rito. She was an actress, known for The Wayne and Shuster Hour (1957), The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950), and The Ed Sullivan Show (1948), per her IMDb profile.

Patti Palmer’s Marriage With Jerry Lewis

Patti Palmer and Jerry Lewis got married on October 3, 1944, after dating for a period of time. They met while Patti was working as a singer with Jimmy Dorsey’s Orchestra. They married in a lavish ceremony attended by friends, family, and loved ones. Their marriage was a mixed marriage because they were of different religions. Patti Palmer was Catholic while Jerry Lewis was Jewish.

The ex-couple agreed to expand their family which led to them becoming parents of six sons; five of which are biological and one adopted. After nearly 36 years of marriage, they decided to call it a quit. In 1980, Patti Palmer filed for divorce from Jerry, citing Jerry’s outrageous spending and infidelity. Jerry was unfaithful to his wife Patti.

Jerry openly pursued relationships with other women and gave unapologetic interviews about his infidelity. Their divorce was finalized in the year 1983. According to PEOPLE, Patti Palmer requested $450,000 a year to support herself and the youngest of their six sons, Joseph Christopher, who was 16 years old at the time.

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In the court papers, Patti alleged that Jerry Lewis “has displayed an open disregard for our marriage, and I am a ‘financial puppet’ at the mercy of his office, with no money of my own.” Anyway, after the divorce, Jerry Lewis married a second wife. He got married to SanDee Pitnick on February 13, 1983, in Key Biscayne, Florida.

They have a daughter called Danielle Sarah Lewis who was adopted. SanDee reportedly had two miscarriages. They were married until death took Jerry Lewis away.

Who Are Patti Palmer’s Children?

Patti Palmer had five biological children and one adopted. Her children with Jerry Lewis are Gary, Scott, Christopher, Anthony, Joseph, and Ronald. Gary Lewis was born on July 31, 1945. Gary is an American musician who was the leader of Gary Lewis & the Playboys.

Scott Anthony Lewis was born on February 22, 1956. Scott is an actor. Christopher Lewis was born in 1957. Christopher has lived his life away from publicity so much is unknown about his life. Anthony Joseph Lewis was born in October 1959. Much is unknown about Anthony’s life as he has lived a private life.

Ronald Steven Lewis was born on December 29, 1949. Ronald was adopted by Jerry Lewis and Patti Palmer. Joseph Christopher Lewis was born on 7 January 1964. Joseph was disowned by his father Jerry, who cut all ties with Joseph. He was into drugs, alcoholism, and endless therapy sessions which became his downfall.

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Joseph Christopher ended up penniless and homeless. He was married to Kim and had children; Bobby Lewis & Dan Lewis. He died on October 24, 2009, after suffering a sudden heart seizure.

What Happened To Patti Palmer?

Patti Palmer died on January 15, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. She died at the age of 99 years. Her son, Gary Lewis confirmed the news. He said; “All my life she was a beautiful spirit to me”. He added; “She was always singing songs around the house and playing the piano and I know that is where I got my love of music from.”

Gary Lewis said that she “was never sick and would be humming all the time at the nursing home. She lived 99 years and had a full life and is now in heaven singing with the angels”. Patti Palmer’s ex-husband Jerry Lewis left nothing for her and their six children according to his will.

Jerry Lewis left his estate to SanDee Pitnick, and their daughter, Danielle Sarah Lewis. He died on August 20, 2017, at age 91, at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada, and was cremated. He died of end-stage cardiac disease and peripheral artery disease.

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