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Jerry Lewis and Quincy Jones to be honored at Classic Film Festival; Marty Allen to turn 92


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Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Whoopi Goldberg and Sir Michael Caine at the 2013 Keep Memory Alive “Power of Love” Gala celebrating the joint 80th birthdays of Caine and Jones at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, April 13, 2013.

Jerry Lewis' Lifetime Achievement Award

Jerry Lewis receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Nevada Broadcasters Association at Red Rock Resort on Aug. 20, 2011. Launch slideshow »

2013 Keep Memory Alive 'Power of Love' Gala at MGM Grand

Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Whoopi Goldberg and Sir Michael Caine at the 2013 Keep Memory Alive Launch slideshow »

Marty Allen at Bagel Delicatessen

Italian-American Club President Nelson Sardelli presents comedy legend Marty Allen with a smoked whitefish complete with candle for Allen's 92nd birthday at Bagel Delicatessen. Launch slideshow »

Marty Allen and Steve Rossi

Marty Allen and Steve Rossi

Three comedy and music superstars and Las Vegas veterans are getting well-deserved salutes for their birthday and career-milestone celebrations.

Legendary actor, comedian and Las Vegas resident Jerry Lewis will be honored with a Hollywood Boulevard hand-and-footprint concrete ceremony as part of the fifth year of the Classic Film Festival marking Turner Classic Movies’ 20th anniversary on April 12.

Director Quentin Tarantino will be one of the stars taking the podium for the ceremony. After the “cementing,” Jerry will screen his comedy hit “The Nutty Professor” and take part in a Q+A with audience participation.

Jerry turned 88 on Sunday, and producer John Simpson is planning a Las Vegas salute with Strip stars to mark the comedian’s 50-year career. Jerry is performing at South Point from May 30-June 1.

The TCM Classic Film Festival also will pay tribute to Quincy Jones on the 50th anniversary of the 1964 film “The Pawnbroker,” which marked his debut as a movie composer. Our Keep Memory Alive fundraiser feted Quincy here last April at MGM Grand Garden Arena on his 80th birthday.


This Sunday, comedy veteran Marty Allen celebrates his 92nd birthday, and he’s still going strong appearing at the downtown Plaza for three nights with his lovely wife, singer Karon Kate Blackwell, starting March 27.

Celebrations have begun early with members of the Italian-American Club hosting a brunch at Bagel Delicatessen honoring the wild brillo pad-haired comic who has to now be the world’s oldest touring standup.

Club President Nelson Sardelli presented him with a smoked whitefish complete with candle, and restaurant patrons sang him “Happy Birthday.” Nelson told me: “He’s enriched our lives with love and humor.”

Check out the two YouTube videos of Marty with Las Vegas entertainment partner Steve Rossi from the former’s 70-year-plus showbiz career with a record-breaking 40 appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” including the night of The Beatles’ U.S. debut in 1964.

Marty told me a week ago that he has absolutely no intention of retiring and will be carried offstage when he performs his final show. “I’ve still got energy, so I’m not letting go yet,” he said.

We’ll have the full interview with Marty next week.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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