Nearly 10 years after the death of legendary comedian Rodney Dangerfield, his widow Joan Dangerfield has kept a bottle of his sweat in her refrigerator, she told The Hollywood Reporter. Really.
Joan Dangerfield brought up the sweat in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter
as she prepares to unveil Rodney.com, a one-stop shop displaying some of the "I don't get no respect" comedian's routines and intellectual property.
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"I discovered that Elvis had a handkerchief that was apparently stained with his sweat and it went for a lot of money," Joan Dangerfield told THR, explaining the thought process behind the sweat. "So Rodney had a 'eureka' moment. He said, 'I sweat more than anybody! My sweat has to be as good as Elvis' sweat, right?'"
Joan Dangerfield said she became the chief sweat collector, ordering perfume-sample bottles to gather his perspiration.
"I'd take a sponge and spoon and collect his sweat — about an inch at a time. I thought we could water it down but he said, 'No, that wouldn't be right,'" Joan Dangerfield told THR. She told the celebrity newspaper that she keeps the fluid in a Tupperware container.
"It means a lot to me," she said to The Hollywood Reporter. "I do know how hard he worked to make people laugh."
Born Rodney Cohen to Hungarian Jews in 1921, Dangerfield worked as a joke writer for other comedians until trying to strike out on his own at 29. He managed to hang on to his comedy dream between jobs as an aluminum salesman until he got his big break 17 years later on the "Ed Sullivan Show" in 1967.
Dangerfield died in 2004 after undergoing heart surgery. He had suffered a small stroke and developed infectious and abdominal complications.
Dangerfield was survived by two children from a previous marriage.
His self-deprecating sense of humor with lines like, "When I was born, I was so ugly that the doctor slapped my mother," and "When I started in show business, I played one club that was so far out my act was reviewed in Field and Stream," won him legions of fans.
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