Joan Child : According to Rodney Dangerfield’s widow, the popular comic had one regret during his existence.
Joan Child previously told Closer Weekly, “He battled sadness even when things were going well.”
Rodney Dangerfield’s widow discloses the late comedian’s one regret
“He hoped for success in his work and in romance, which had come to him before.
To make up for all the years of suffering, he hoped to live to be 120.”
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According to the magazine, the bug-eyed comedian was born Jacob Cohen in Babylon, New York, and grew up with an absentee father and an unsympathetic mother.
The future celebrity found solace in making other people laugh.
“His childhood was a nightmare,” Child added. “He didn’t feel loved. When he grumbled, “I’m still hungry,” he got his first chuckle at dinner [at age 4].
‘You’ve eaten enough,’ his mother said, and he replied, ‘I didn’t even have any fish!’
Everyone was laughing, which made him feel fantastic. It was something he’d never forget.”
Dangerfield went on to work as a singing waiter and a failed stand-up comedian, according to the outlet.
He left comedy in 1949 after marrying his first wife, singer Joyce Indig, and started an aluminium siding company.
“He performed well until the accountant falsified the books, and Rodney ended up owing a loan shark $20,000,” Child claimed.
“At his lowest point, he returned to comedy, and it changed his life.”
At the age of 44, the comic, now known as Dangerfield, made his second start on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1967.
This resulted in over 70 appearances on “The Tonight Show.” Dangerfield also opened his own nightclub in New York City and starred in a number of successful films in the 1980s.
Child stated, “He felt making audiences laugh was like a fix he needed to survive.”
“As a small gift to himself, he would always strive to get booked on his birthday.
It meant he was still important. He, on the other hand, rarely laughed.
He thought other comedians were terrific even as he was watching them.”
However, not everything in Dangerfield’s life was a success. Dangerfield and Indig separated in 1962, remarried a year later, then divorced again in 1970, according to the Washington Post.
Dangerfield made sure to raise their two children after Indig died, according to People magazine.
Dangerfield did, however, find happiness when he married Child, a flower importer, in 1993.
Their 11-year marriage, Child told Closer Weekly, had been a happy one.
She added, “We got monthly mani-pedis and he’d sing love songs to me at the salon.
” “He was romantic, leaving me notes like, ‘I’ll never let you down — until you’re on a ladder.’
Dangerfield always found a way to make Child laugh, even when things were tough.
She recounted a time in April 2003 when the star required brain surgery.
“He was worried the night before his operation about whether he’d still be able to crack jokes,” Child added.
‘Honey, if I can’t be in show business, I don’t know what I’ll do,’ he remarked. ‘I’m far too envious to be your pimp!’
Dangerfield died of complications following heart valve replacement surgery in 2004 at the age of 82.
Despite making a few televised appearances, Dangerfield’s health was worsening at the time.
Child described him as “ethical, caring, always reassuring, and kind.” “A truly wonderful person.”
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Child spoke to The Spectrum in 2018 about their happy marriage, revealing that they had dated for ten years after meeting by happenstance in 1983 before marrying.
Dangerfield initially noticed the Utah native while walking past her flower shop in Santa Monica, California.]
Child explained at the time, “He lived in New York but was in town staying at a neighbouring Pritikin Longevity Center seeking to reduce weight and get healthier.”
“Walking in the morning was part of their schedule. Rodney was instantly recognisable to me as a die-hard devotee.
I first watched him on ‘The Tonight Show’ when I was 16, and 14 years later, there he was, heading towards me, the funniest man on the planet.”
Dangerfield began dropping by each morning to watch her arrange flowers, according to Child.
He would try to strike up a conversation, even asking odd things like, “What kind of drugs do you prefer?”
“I told him, ‘I guess antibiotics revolutionised medicine,’” Child, who grew up in a Mormon family, said.
“Thinking I was the most square of people, he said, ‘What planet are you from?’”
Regardless all their differences, Child believed that it was true love at first sight.
She remarked, “It was love at first sight for me, the Holy Grail of meetings.”
“He was enthralling, with those soulful azure-blue eyes the colour of a cloudless day. I couldn’t stop grinning when I saw him.”
Child reportedly inspired Dangerfield to write the 2000 film “My 5 Wives,” which was based on stories she told him about Utah polygamists who lived near her childhood home.
She said, “I felt like the luckiest person in the world.” “I couldn’t wait to wake up each day with my own personal comedian continually surprise me.”
Dangerfield sought therapy for his depression, according to The Spectrum.
Child reported, “Rodney was born into an extremely frigid household.” “His father abandoned the family when he was a child, and his mother never kissed or hugged him.
He’d be left out in the yard with a half-eaten sandwich on the porch, his grandma keeping an eye on him through the window, and he’d spend the day with a hammer.
I believe his wit was a coping strategy for him as he battled his anxiousness.
You will feel better if you can lift the spirits of those around you. And he was at his best when he was on stage, because the laughter validated and fulfilled him, and it made him feel loved.”
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“He tried a variety of antidepressants before settling on a medication and counselling combination that worked consistently,” Child continued. “…
His blood pressure would rise if he was in a highly stressful scenario, and marijuana would immediately lower it.
We began documenting the findings to show his doctor, and he eventually received compassionate use approval.”
Child stated that she has been committed to carry on Dangerfield’s legacy since his death.
“Rodney’s social media presence is growing, and it’s exciting to watch the reactions from both old and new fans,” she said.
“I’m also extremely pleased to report that Paradigm Talent Agency is currently accepting offers for a biopic or documentary film based on Rodney’s extraordinary life.
That, I’m sure, will enhance his global impact.”
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