For several decades, Rodney Dangerfield, the stand-up comedian, actor, musician, and producer dazzled American audiences with his jokes, particularly his iconic line – I get no respect! Although he passed away in October 2004, following complications from surgery, he has remained a respected figure in American entertainment to this day. As for his personal life, Rodney Dangerfield was married to two different women in his lifetime.
There is plenty to talk about when it comes to Rodney Dangerfield. But, in this article, we will be focusing on his two wives, discussing everything you need to know about them.
Who Was Rodney Dangerfield Married To?
In many ways, Rodney Dangerfield lived a full life. Professionally as a comedian and entertainer, he became an icon in his field and the American entertainment industry.
He got married to two women during his lifetime. His first wife was Joyce Indig, a singer, whom he married twice. First, between 1949 and 1962, and the second time, between 1963 and 1970. Rodney Dangerfield’s second wife was Joan Child, who is known these days as Joan Dangerfield. They were married from 1993 until his death in 2004.
Rodney Dangerfield’s Wives
There is very little information about Rodney Dangerfield’s first wife, Joyce Indig. So far, all we know is that the comedian’s first love was a singer. At the time they got married for the first time in 1963, Rodney was still a struggling comedian, who earned a paltry $300 per week.
With a family to cater to, he gave up show business and became an aluminum siding salesman. Initially settled in New York, Joyce and Rodney Dangerfield relocated to New Jersey, where they gave birth to their first child, Brian Roy.
After 13 years together, in 1962, Rodney and Joyce got divorced for reasons that have been attributed to clinical depression, which led to the deterioration of their marriage. However, the divorce did not last and in the following year, they got back together.
During their second stint as husband and wife, Rodney Dangerfield and his wife gave birth to their second child, Melanie Roy-Friedman.
Sadly, their second time as a married couple did not last, and in 1970, they divorced permanently.
The comedian remained unmarried for 23 years until he met Joan Child. They got married in 1993 and stayed together until his death in October 2004. While Joan Child was his second wife, it was his third marriage.
Before becoming the wife of the iconic comedian, Joan Child, who was born in Utah, worked in a flower shop which she owned at the time in Santa Monica. Like a plot out of a romantic movie, their fateful meeting developed into a romantic relationship that eventually led to an exchange of marital vows in 1993.
Following the passing of Rodney in 2004, his wife became the sole custodian of his intellectual works and his entire estate. She is also a businesswoman who is the managing partner and co-founder of the consulting firm, The Opus 73 Group.
The firm provides investment promotion services to the Chinese government. Rodney Dangerfield’s widow started the business after two decades of running the floral shop, Jungle Roses, where she and her late husband met.
Aside from running the consulting film, she has also dedicated herself to maintaining and promoting the late comedian’s legacy. She created a website for him, a feat that made Rodney Dangerfield the first celebrity to own his official website. She has also produced a 2-hour documentary about her late husband’s life.
Joan Dangerfield, who has a net worth of $10 million, manages her husband’s work under the company, Dangerfield Entertainment. She also owns the production company, Paper Clip Productions.
In addition to these, she serves on the Advisory Board of the Department of Neurosurgery at UCLA, where her husband died.
His Children From Both Marriages
Rodney Dangerfield had two children, both of whom were born through his first wife – Joyce Indig. His first child, a son named Brian Roy, was born in 1949. Not much is known about his son, who unlike his father, has chosen to live a life out of the spotlight.
His second child, Melanie-Roy Friedman, was born in 1964. Like her brother, she spends her life away from the spotlight. The only known exception was in 2002 when she was involved in a legal dispute with her stepmother, Joan Dangerfield. The dispute, which was over the rights to Rodney’s intellectual property, was eventually settled out of court and nothing has been heard from her ever since.
Joan Child did not have any children with Dangerfield but played the role of a stepmother to his children from his previous marriage.