Rodney Dangerfield’s widow reportedly keeps his sweat in a bottle inside her fridge.
Inspired by a handkerchief containing Elvis Presley’s sweat, the late comedian decide to bottle some of his perspiration in case someone wanted to spend a great deal of cash to acquire it. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Joan Dangerfield has kept the bottle inside her refrigerator for safe keeping.
“I discovered that Elvis had a handkerchief that was apparently stained with his sweat and it went for a lot of money. 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 explained.
She continued, “My job became the ‘sweat collector.’ 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.’”
According to the Daily Mail, Rodney Dangerfield and his wife reportedly ordered hundreds of perfume sample bottles in hopes to peddling the sweat to fans. Although the Caddyshack star passed away in 2004, Joan apparently still keeps the fluid inside a tupperware container inside her fridge.
Rodney Dangerfield originally wanted to sell the sweat at his shows, but the folks at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino ultimately squashed their business.
“They said, no, we couldn’t offer that sweat. They said there was an insurance issue. Rodney was crestfallen. It means a lot to me. I do know how hard he worked to make people laugh,” Joan explained during her recent chat.
In case you hadn’t noticed, today is Rodney Dangerfield’s birthday. In order to celebrate the comedian and actor’s career, Joan Dangerfield recently launched Rodney.com. The site contains audio and video featuring some of his most beloved stand-up routines.
Also includes among the plethora of Rodney Dangerfield-related material are the “The Collected Papers of Rodney Dangerfield.” An estimated 3,000 pages of handwritten letters from the comedian appear on the website. Fans who fondly remember the guy will no doubt enjoy digging through this treasure trove of exclusive material.
His widow explained in a recent press release:
“Known chiefly for his no-respect persona, Rodney was the Socrates of our time. His comedy was the unveiling of the great mysteries behind the common man in the everyday world. He was an idealist, not simply a character but a champion of the downtrodden, and his success was proof of his theory that every man believes himself to be the underdog. Everyone laughed, because everyone identified. Getting no respect was not only his tag line, but his hypothesis.”
If you need more Rodney Dangerfield in your life on what would have been his 92nd birthday, then swing by The Hollywood Reporter for 15 never-before-seen photos.