Jerry Lewis to receive Oscar's humanitarian award

LOS ANGELES (AP) - December 10, 2008 The governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced their selection Wednesday. The Hersholt Award - an actual Oscar statuette - recognizes humanitarian efforts that have brought credit to the film industry.

An actor, director, writer and producer, Lewis made his big-screen debut in 1949's "My Friend Irma." He has been national chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association since 1952 and has raised more than $2 billion for the cause through his annual Labor Day telethon.

The Oscars will be presented Feb. 22.

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