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Rodney Dangerfield’s widow tells us some undiscovered jokes she found in his coat pocket years after he died.

The story behind Dangerfield’s famous Caddyshack line

Comedian Rodney Dangerfield didn’t play golf, but his wife says he’d be thrilled that his humor is the centerpiece of a campaign to speed up play on courses throughout the country.

“My golf game is getting real good. Last week, I got through the windmill.” — Rodney Dangerfield

Comedian Rodney Dangerfield didn’t play golf, but his wife says he’d be thrilled that his humor is the centerpiece of a campaign to speed up play on courses across the country. One reason Dangerfield didn’t play, even though he was intrigued by the sport, was because it took too much time, Joan Dangerfield says.

“Rodney was, I’m sure you can tell, a really keyed-up kind of anxious guy. So it was actually the pace of play — the very, very thing this campaign is addressing — that kind of made him golf-phobic or teed him off against the game,” she told USA TODAY Sports in a phone interview from Los Angeles.

In the 1980 comedy film Caddyshack, Dangerfield played Al Czervik, a boisterous tycoon who rattled the pretentious members of Bushwood Country Club with, among other things, a golf bag equipped with a beer tap. In one scene, Czervik is irked that Judge Elihu Smails, played by the late Ted Knight, is taking so long to hit a shot.

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USGA Leads Movement to Improve Pace of Play “While We’re Young”

The United States Golf Association today unveiled a new public education campaign around the theme of “While We’re Young,” a new positioning to raise awareness across the golf community of the challenges and solutions to the pace-of-play issues in the game of golf. Borrowing the iconic line from the character played by Rodney Dangerfield in the classic 1980 film Caddyshack®, the campaign takes a lighthearted and comedic approach to encourage golfers of all skill levels and golf course facilities to join a movement to improve pace of play and reduce the time it takes to play the game.

The new initiative includes an education program, a pledge for golfers, an online Resource Center, and a series of PSAs featuring Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer and Annika Sorenstam

By USGA
June 12, 2013

The United States Golf Association today unveiled a new public education campaign around the theme of “While We’re Young,” a new positioning to raise awareness across the golf community of the challenges and solutions to the pace-of-play issues in the game of golf. Borrowing the iconic line from the character played by Rodney Dangerfield in the classic 1980 film Caddyshack®, the campaign takes a lighthearted and comedic approach to encourage golfers of all skill levels and golf course facilities to join a movement to improve pace of play and reduce the time it takes to play the game.

According to industry research, the time that it takes to play golf is a principal driver that adversely impacts enjoyment of and discourages participation in the game. In a recent study by the National Golf Foundation (NGF), 91 percent of serious golfers are bothered by slow play and say it detracts from their golf experience; more than 70 percent believe pace of play has worsened over time; and half acknowledged that they walked off the course due to frustration over a marathon round of golf. USGA research shows that the golfer is just one component within a complex, integrated system that determines pace of play in the game. Golf course design, course setup and player management also contribute to longer playing time.

“Pace of play has become a strategic priority for the USGA, and part of a larger leadership agenda to address the issues that threaten the long-term health of the game,” said USGA President Glen D. Nager. “Our new campaign underscores a commitment to educate golfers and golf facility managers in a fun and engaging manner about all the factors that contribute to pace of play and the role they can have in implementing practical solutions to the problem.”

The USGA will debut a total of five public service announcements, featuring three-time U.S. Open champion Tiger Woods, 1960 U.S. Open champion and golf icon Arnold Palmer, Academy Award®–winning actor/director Clint Eastwood, three-time U.S. Women’s Open champion Annika Sorenstam, 2010 U.S. Women’s Open champion Paula Creamer, and famed American golf instructor Butch Harmon. The series of PSAs can be viewed at www.usga.org/whilewereyoung.

“Pace of play is a big issue. Rounds of golf take too long and no one enjoys it,” said Woods. “‘While we’re young’ is part of the golfing vocabulary, and Caddyshack is iconic in our sport. This campaign is lighthearted, but it also shows that we need to pick up the pace of play.”

“I think this campaign will have a huge impact with golfers because the message is fun,” said Creamer. “But the issue of slow play is serious, and in reality we all want to say, ‘Hey, while we’re young.’”

“We’re losing a lot of players because it takes too long to play, and it’s something we have to address,” said Harmon. “This campaign is going to have a great impact on the game. We made it a lot of fun, but slow play is not funny. It’s a serious issue and I hope the golfing public gets the message.”

The USGA campaign is being supported through its partnerships with the LPGA, The PGA of America, and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, who are lending the expertise of their members to develop content for the education program. The campaign also enjoys the support of state and regional golf associations throughout the country, which play a critical role in educating and engaging four million golfers at the local level.

The campaign will debut at the 2013 U.S. Open Championship, and will air throughout the summer on broadcast network and national cable channels during coverage of the 2013 U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Senior Open and U.S. Amateur on NBC, ESPN and Golf Channel. The TV spots will also run during broadcasts of non-USGA golf events, thanks to promotional support from the LPGA and The PGA of America.

Each PSA will direct people to www.usga.org/whilewereyoung, a newly created microsite where golfers and facility managers can sign a pledge to take personal measures to improve pace of play. Those who take the pledge will be enrolled in the USGA Pace of Play Education Program, which includes videos, quizzes and other resources that cover the fundamental causes and solutions to slow play from both a player and golf course facility perspective. Once the education program is completed, participants will receive a downloadable certificate acknowledging their role as a USGA-certified pace of play ambassador.

In addition to the campaign, the USGA has introduced a new online Pace of Play Resource Center on www.usga.org for golf facilities and players. The Resource Center serves as an authoritative repository for educational information about pace of play, including case studies and best practices on ways golf course facilities can address factors such as hole length, routing, green speeds, rough height, and operations to improve pace of play. The site also provides tips for individual golfers seeking to expand their knowledge of the issue and improve their own playing habits, including information on alternative formats like nine-hole rounds that take less time to play.

“Although our industry has tried to address pace of play for decades, we believe the issue can only be addressed successfully if we collaboratively pursue solutions that consider the full set of factors that influence pace – the actions of golfers, the ways we design and manage golf courses, and the influence of the elite competitive game,” said USGA Executive Director Mike Davis. “This new campaign illustrates the USGA’s energetic and action-oriented approach to pursuing worthwhile endeavors that serve the best interests of the game moving forward.”

The USGA campaign is part of a larger, multifaceted initiative that was announced in February 2013 to identify the causes and solutions regarding pace-of-play issues in the game. This USGA-led program includes: an analysis of key factors known to influence pace of play; the development of a pace-of-play model based on USGA-led research and quantifiable data; improvements to the USGA Pace Rating System; on-site assistance at golf courses to help managers assess and improve pace of play; and the creation of player- and facility-education programs.

In addition to broadcast network and cable television, the USGA campaign is being supported by an integrated mix of digital media, social media and public relations.

An integrated team of agencies, led by Jimmy Siegel Creative Services, ADDigital, Platinum Rye Talent and Dentino Marketing, worked with the USGA to develop the new campaign and microsite.

Joan Dangerfield: The Warm, Spontaneous & Kind Wife Of Rodney

Joan Dangerfield is a journalist’s dream-come-true. In this special Fan Quarterly exclusive, she opens up about her marriage to the late comedian, Rodney Dangerfield, and tells some of the most amusing stories we’ve ever heard! Beyond her life in the spotlight, she talks about her passions — flowers, food, film, and philanthropy.

Joan Dangerfield is a journalist’s dream-come-true. In this special Fan Quarterly exclusive, she opens up about her marriage to the late comedian, Rodney Dangerfield, and tells some of the most amusing stories we’ve ever heard! Beyond her life in the spotlight, she talks about her passions — flowers, food, film, and philanthropy.

Fan Quarterly: We want to start with a few questions about your late husband, Rodney, which will be a point of familiarity for all our readers. Tell us about how you first met and fell in love with Rodney. Take us on a slideshow of a few of your favorite moments in those early years.

Joan Dangerfield: I was in high school the first time I saw Rodney on Johnny Carson.  I remember the very moment, as though intuitively – I knew how significant he was going to be in my life.  He was hysterical and I absolutely loved him.

Fourteen years later, he was staying at the Pritikin Longevity Center in Santa Monica trying to lose weight and curb a few bad habits.  Morning walks were part of their program and Rodney happened to walk past my flower shop just as I was setting up for the day.  Suddenly we were face to face.  I was elated and started gushing about ‘Caddyshack’ and ‘Easy Money.’  I must have seemed like the ultimate fan.  He stopped by every day, his visits got longer and longer, and our romance blossomed.

When we first began dating, Rodney lived in New York. But he took a suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel shortly after we met, and he basically lived there for ten years until we got married. Our dating life was really fun.  There were lots of events held at the hotel, including The Golden Globes – and we would crash them.  We would end up hanging out with Tom Cruise or Paul Newman or other honorees at various charity events.  No one ever thought we weren’t invited – and it was great entertainment for us to just float in and out anytime we wanted.

We’d also drop in at various comedy clubs to try out material.  Then we’d wind up the evening at an all-night deli, usually Canters, often with other comedians in tow.

We were married in Las Vegas in 1993, and our life centered primarily around Rodney’s Vegas shows and TV appearances.  He had a number of health issues in later years, but the boundless fun and hilarity was never-ending.

Rodney didn’t like to fly — and over time, he became too impatient to drive, often speeding or intentionally going the wrong way on one-way streets to get to places faster, or driving on sidewalks in his big Cadillac or my little pink Nash Metropolitan.  So I became the designated driver, until my little driving boo boo.  We were on our way to Vegas where Rodney was performing and I was so wrapped up in our conversation, paying no attention at all to where we were going, that we ended up somewhere near San Francisco!  Rodney loved me so much that he didn’t yell at me, not once; but I knew this put him under terrible stress.  We stopped at lots of gas stations on the way back to make certain we were going the right way and managed to get to Vegas in the nick of time.  After that, we took limos.

For years after we married, I still had my flower shop, and I’d get calls from people saying Rodney was spotted hitchhiking.  He’d go for long walks and not anticipate that he would be too tired to walk back, so he would thumb a ride home.  I was worried he would be kidnapped, but Rodney felt invincible.  I noticed I was enjoying weekends with Rodney more than my weekdays and decided to give my flower business to my sister.  Rodney and I spent every minute together after that.  He would go with me when I got mani-pedis and sing songs to the manicurists.  I would go with him to the dentist and hold his hand through procedures.  We usually stayed up until 4 a.m. and woke up around noon, then went straight to the swimming pool.  After an hour in the pool, we would have breakfast and start our day.

One thing that is true about me in Rodney’s jokes is that I am a terrible cook.  ’The flies chipped in to fix the screen door.  The dog begs for Alka-Seltzer.’ We both missed home-cooked meals.  One Thanksgiving, we went for a walk in Beverly Hills and noticed a beautiful home that had a lot of company and we decided to join the crowd, hoping to get a home-cooked meal.  It turned out to be Monte Hall’s house, or maybe Bob Barker’s – I’m not sure which.  We mingled and enjoyed the food immensely.  Nobody ever asked us what we were doing there.  Rodney wanted to go back the following year, but we couldn’t find the house.  In later years we went to Bob Saget’s for Thanksgiving, as invited guests.

Speaking of not finding houses, Ron Jeremy was a friend of Rodney’s (he joked that Ron Jeremy was my favorite actor) and invited him to watch a porn movie being filmed.  Rodney thought how fun!  He asked if it would bother me and I didn’t want to say he couldn’t go, so I suggested he take me with him.  The address was in The Valley and we were on the right street, but the numbers weren’t matching up.  Rodney didn’t want to give up, so we pulled over and started knocking on peoples’ doors.  When they answered, Rodney asked: ‘You filmin’ a porno here?’ Thinking it was a joke or they were on candid camera or something, people wouldn’t say ‘no’ right away.  They would invite us in.  We’d go in, sit down, and chat a while.  Then Rodney would level with them.  ’Look, no offense, you seem like nice people, but we’re here to watch a porno.’ I was mortified, but thought it was hysterical.  We stopped at three houses before we got the right one.  When we did arrive, it was not what Rodney was expecting and we left right away.  He said the mood was all wrong, not hot at all.  He was right.  It was just weird and unseemly.  We often thought back to what the neighbors must have been telling their friends about us.

FQ: Naturally, a wife sees a side to her husband that the general public never gets to see. What do you find are the three biggest misconceptions about Rodney that you’d like to clear up?

JD: (1) Most of Rodney’s wife jokes were true: ‘My wife is attached to a machine that keeps her alive – the refrigerator.’  (2) People believed that every bad thing that had happened to them, had also happened to Rodney, and (3) that Rodney was a tough guy because of his Vegas persona and his wise-guy friends. All three false impressions would often play out together, leaning on each other for validation.

For example, Rodney once had a joke that he wanted to tell on ‘The Tonight Show’ about his wife charging him too much for sex.  I was concerned about the joke, but Rodney thought I was being too sensitive.  That night, he did a joke about Gamblers Anonymous, and that they gave him 2-1 odds that he wouldn’t make it.  The next morning, Gamblers Anonymous called me at my flower shop – to talk about helping Rodney with his gambling problem.  I told Rodney, ‘See, people believe your jokes are true!’

Early in Sam Kinison’s career, he sought Rodney’s advice about some gangster guys who were shaking him down.  Sam was very upset and asked Rodney: ‘You’ve been through that, right Rodney, can you tell me what to do?’  Rodney asked Sam to give him all the details, who the guys were, etc.  After listening intently, Rodney told Sam ‘Don’t worry about it.’ Based on Rodney’s advice, Sam ignored them and he never heard from the thugs again.  For years, Sam thought that Rodney ‘took care of them’ — when really, Rodney just didn’t think those guys were for real.

Rodney was definitely not a tough guy.  He was a real softie, deeply sensitive – and his feelings could be hurt very easily.  Once a woman in a grocery store approached him for an autograph, which he gave.  A few minutes later she noticed her purse had been stolen and she had a discussion with the manager about it.  For a fleeting moment, it was obvious that it crossed her mind that maybe Rodney had taken it.  This affected him for days.  He carried that pain around with him.  Rodney called such instances ‘little pin pricks.’

FQ: You possess the rights to Rodney Dangerfield’s complete body of work. How difficult is it to protect that treasure from capitalistic vultures looking to make a buck off their own spin on his life and career?

JD: I’m honored that Rodney entrusted all of his intellectual property and publicity rights to me, and I have learned a lot about how to protect his work and image.  It is a labor of love and a responsibility that I don’t sidestep.  There is something reassuring about what today’s ‘dead celebrity’ laws are trying to accomplish.  By declaring that our identities legally survive us for decades, we can affirm the existence of an afterlife on earth.  My goal is to build a brand for Rodney that will deepen his impression on the world over the span of time.  I am strategizing with experts about how to best accomplish this.  I looked into creating a hologram version of Rodney performing his stand-up act a few years before Tupak’s ‘appearance’ at Coachella.  The technology wasn’t quite perfected and the Vegas hotels weren’t certain an audience would go to see such a performance; but I am still intrigued by the idea.  Rodney headlined for over 40 years.  There is no reason why this couldn’t continue for future generations to enjoy.

FQ: Often women who date older men are unfairly stereotyped as ‘gold-diggers’ or ‘opportunists.’ What do you see in men like Kirk Kerkorian that critics may not understand?

JD: It’s not the age of the fabric, but its texture and depth.  What I am attracted to most is cleverness, intelligence and masculinity.  Kirk is as manly as Humphrey Bogart and smarter than any doctor or lawyer I’ve ever met.  I could talk to him (and Rodney) for hours on end and not be bored.  For me, affection and physical attraction evolves from a great rapport and stimulating conversation.  I enjoy learning what makes such extraordinary men tick – getting to know their souls.  That is very stimulating.

By the way, when someone inferred a woman might only be interested in Rodney’s money, it hurt him deeply, because that meant they thought he had no other qualities worthy of love.  Certainly not the case.  What an incredible man he was.  I am so grateful we had our 21 blissful years together.

FQ: I read that you’re developing a feature film based on the best-selling autobiography It’s Not Easy Bein’ Me. What do you hope to achieve with this film? Are you having a hard time deciding who will play Rodney in the film?

JD: I want to expand his reach and keep him relevant in today’s world.  There is an entire generation that has never heard of Rodney, and that’s a shame.  He was likened to ‘The Beatles of comedy.’  He had a powerful influence on most of today’s most popular comedians.  His humor is as current today as it was when first presented.  It tells the story of relationships as they have always been, and makes people realize that their shortcomings, problems, and insecurities are acceptable and normal.  Rodney also had to overcome a lot of abuse and coped with extreme depression his entire life, yet still became a celebrated and most-loved man.  I think his story will inspire many lives and perhaps even save a few.  A movie about Rodney is the ultimate way I can honor him.

Russell Crowe, Paul Giamatti, Nicolas Cage, Tim Allen, Kevin James, Jay Leno, Jim Carrey, and Steve Buscemi have all been suggested over the years.  I heard Jamie Foxx wants to play him too.  I don’t know who it will be, but I can say that I have seen many celebrities and fans do impressions of Rodney and it’s always fun to watch.  Rodney was truly larger than life and this role will prove that to a watchful public.

FQ: China has become the second-largest overseas market for American films. According to the UK Guardian, Chinese cinema-goers could add $50 million to a Hollywood film’s gross and China’s box office is predicted to overtake America’s by 2020. Tell us about the company you founded, Opus 73 Group, to promote Hollywood to Chinese executives.

JD: China is now the largest movie-going market outside of North America (the box office there reached 2.7 Billion in 2012), and imports from Hollywood accounted for over half of that.  We are also seeing a larger and larger number of critically and financially successful co-productions between the two countries, like ‘Looper’ (Bruce Willis) and ‘Cloud Atlas’ (Tom Hanks).

The Chinese government recognizes that entertainment is a huge market, and wants to work with Hollywood to close the gap by making sure that China has the highest quality facilities and talent for all aspects of production.  They are also aware that in order for Chinese films to be viable overseas, the mainland film industry needs to open up.

Opus 73 works with different municipal governments in China to help them implement their initiatives in the media/entertainment industries for long term growth, and build their local industries to be attractive to the international community.  This includes not just facilitating relationships between Chinese and American companies, but also advising what areas to focus on, how to market themselves overseas, and what kind of production incentives or media funds to form in order to attract foreign business.

Ultimately our goal is to make our clients’ brands synonymous with the film industry, in the way Hollywood is, and to make them a premiere destination for all facets of production.

FQ: Before Opus 73 Group, I understand your Beverly Hills floral shop was the place to get flowers – and not just any flowers, but large, Amazonian roses. Some of your past clients include everyone from Kelsey Grammer, Madonna and Steven Spielberg, to John Travolta, Hugh Hefner, and Dan Aykroyd. Do you have any memorable stories about working with a celebrity client you’d like to share?

JD: I owned three different flower shops in the Los Angeles area over the years: Jungle Roses, Fleurs du Jour, and Childs of London.  One of my favorite customers at Jungle Roses was Andrew Dice Clay.  He would come in personally and hand-select every flower.  He spent lots of time writing, re-writing, and re-writing until he had the perfect message on the enclosure card.  He seemed very loving and caring.

Billionaire Mark Cuban appeared on Oprah’s show and demonstrated the range of luxury items you could buy on the computer when online ordering was new.  He bought an airplane… and Jungle Roses!

One day a beautiful girl with a big-hearted smile came in to Fleurs du Jour and selected a bunch of bright yellow acacia flowers.  She had the most delicate, beautiful face I had ever seen.  She was breathtaking.  I was about to ask if she was a model when she gave me her credit card.  Her name was Julia Roberts.

Tommy Lee was a ‘big’ customer.  He sent Jungle Roses to Pamela Anderson a lot.  One of our special packages was a giant box of rose petals meant for the bed or bath.  In their famous sex video, Pamela is surrounded by our sexy roses – or so I hear.

I saw the Ted Turner /Jane Fonda romance blossom right in front of my eyes.  From the first ‘Looking forward to meeting you’ arrangement, to date bouquets, right through to the engagement.

Rodney and I met Bill Clinton when he was staying at the Beverly Hilton, where Rodney lived, so I presented him with Jungle Roses.  He liked them so much that he took them back to Washington on Air Force One for Hillary.

Arnold Schwarzenegger was a big spender.  He would pull his Porsche up to our front door at Fleurs du Jour, come in, and clean us out.  He was always in good spirits.

We were surprised when Bruce Springsteen came to my Santa Monica shop and bought a bountiful bouquet.  It was the only time he ever came in, and we were excited.  We later heard his wife had just given birth.

My celebrity clients were great, but I loved my ‘regular’ clients too.  Often I would help them with their first-date flowers, courtships, then wedding, and babies.  It brought me a lot of joy.

FQ: In your professional opinion, what does it take to put together a truly stunning floral arrangement?

JD: I am swept away by flowers.  I draw them when I doodle.  I buy them, send them, and dream about them.  When watching a movie, I am distracted by the flowers and could do a review based on them.  Woody Allen movies are always well flowered.  And Adam Sandler’s version of heaven – with all those hydrangeas – thrilled me in ‘Little Nicky.’ Another floral standout was the Whitney Houston movie, ‘The Bodyguard.’  Maybe they should give an Academy Award for Best Florals!

Since flowers are so beautiful and works of art themselves, not much is needed to make a stunning arrangement.  I prefer monochromatic arrangements of fragrant flowers, in full bloom, and like to use them to delight a room in unexpected places and ways.  An orchid on a bar of soap.  Floating blooms in the tub during a party.  Edible flowers in salads are a treat to the senses.  I prefer one flower instead of a mixture, but it really depends on the occasion and what you’re trying to say.  I like to first select a flower that I feel the beauty of, that moves me. Then I let the flower do the dancing!  My favorites are scabiosa and water lilies.

FQ: Tell us about the philanthropic work that you do, and what prompted you to choose each of these particular causes to support.

JD: I donate to a number of charities which are meaningful to me.  Two which are closest to my heart are UCLA and American Hebrew University.

UCLA: Because they gave Rodney and me an extra year together when they made the right decision to perform brain over heart surgery in 2003.  It was a great call because the other hospitals didn’t want to ‘risk’ the brain surgery, but as it played out, it was the heart surgery that was too much for him to ultimately survive. At UCLA, there is a new state-of-the-art operating room in the Neurosurgery Department named after Rodney.  He would be disappointed to know that it doesn’t have a hot tub, bar, and scantily-clad nurses, though!

American Friends of Hebrew University: Rodney had a passion for Israel and its people.  He was concerned about anti-semitism still existing today.  We would spend nights researching the subject online, especially reports compiled by Vidal Sassoon.  We visited Tel Aviv one year and didn’t make it to Jerusalem because of a health problem.  Rodney was sad to have had to return home, so I made it a point to go after he passed away and was very moved by the experience.  I was invited to be on the board of American Friends of Hebrew University in 2005, which supports Hebrew University in Jerusalem.  The university was founded by Einstein and Freud, two people Rodney greatly admired.  I visited a number of times and met with professors, learned about research programs, and was very impressed.

FQ: What can you tell us about your childhood that contributed to the person you are today? Do you have any favorite memories you can share?

JD: I grew up in a small Utah town, in a Mormon family, surrounded by love.  We had snapdragons, pansies, roses and a giant lilac tree in our yard that would be weighed down with a waterfall of lavender blooms.  The aroma was intoxicating and I still remember the wonder and joy in my heart playing in the yard and making mud pies.  As a child, I would draw flowers on my pillowcases at night.  My grandmother embroidered the drawings so they wouldn’t wash away.  How sweet was that?

I always preferred flowers and books to dolls.  I read every book in the children’s section of the library and always asked for books for Christmas.  But childhood wasn’t all a rose garden.  While I was a well-behaved and diligent student, always the teacher’s pet, I became the target of bullies after being skipped a grade in elementary school.   I was routinely beaten up on my walk (usually run) home from school.  Dirt and rocks were thrown at me and I was wrestled to the ground by underwear thieves.  To solve the problem, my parents moved our family to a new house in a different school district.

I played the cello and was the youngest member of The Golden Spike Senior Symphony, lugging that big instrument on the school bus.  Uggggh.  Truth told, I didn’t enjoy playing it.  I really just wanted to listen to the music.  I am a great audience!

Later in high school, I was a straight-A student, but I was perpetually self-conscious.   Boys would whistle and do catcalls when I walked down the halls and it made me shy.  I never went to prom or anything like that… never had a boy walk me to class and never felt school spirit.  I was voted ‘Most Likely To Become Miss America’ as a senior superlative.  I should have been voted ‘Most Likely To Marry Rodney Dangerfield.‘  

FQ: When you’re not working, what hobbies and pursuits do you most enjoy?

JD: I used to love hanging out with Rodney, reveling in all the adventures, but work is my hobby now.  I do like going to Hawaii to just relax though.

FQ: What would people be most surprised to learn about you?

JD: That I’m a consultant to the Chinese Government and love medical research.

FQ: What 5 people, past or present, would you invite to a dinner party?

JD: Rodney, my dad, my mom, Farrah and Larry David.

FQ: If we were in your town for 24 hours, what would you recommend we do?

JD: Get up at noon.  Lunch at Shutters on the Beach.  Red velvet cake, butterscotch pudding.  A walk on the beach.  Drive up Rodeo Drive, but land at Maxfield’s on Melrose.  Hollywood Tour.  Come to my house.  Dinner at Mastros – the shrimp cocktail, crab legs, creamed corn, and butter cake are not to be missed!  Return to my house for massages by the pool.  Perfect day!

Extra: Joan honors Chelsea Handler

Joan presents comedian Chelsea Handler with the Rodney Respect Award at UCLA’s annual Visionary Ball.

Joan presents comedian Chelsea Handler with the Rodney オンライン カジノ Respect Award at UCLA’s annual Visionary Ball.

E! News: Joan presents the Rodney Respect Award

Chelsea Handler receives the Rodney Respect Award from Joan at UCLA Visionary Ball.

Chelsea Handler receives the Rodney Respect Award from Joan at UCLA Visionary Ball.

StarCam: Joan presents the Rodney Respect Award

Maria Menounos, Nikki DeLoach, Barret Swatek at UCLA Visionary Ball 2013.

Maria Menounos, Nikki DeLoach, Barret Swatek at UCLA Visionary Ball 2013.

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PR Newswire: Opus 73

On February 24th, coinciding with the kickoff of entertainment industry Oscar parties, a delegation consisting of top officials from the Tianjin Municipal Government led by Tianjin Vice Mayor Cui Jindu, senior executives from The Tianjin Innovative Finance Investment Company (TIFI), China Investment Corporation (CIC), and The Yintai Group, will attend a dinner hosted by Joan Dangerfield (Rodney’s widow) and Justin Han of the Opus 73 Group.

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — On February 24th, coinciding with the kickoff of entertainment industry Oscar parties, a delegation consisting of top officials from the Tianjin Municipal Government led by Tianjin Vice Mayor Cui Jindu, senior executives from The Tianjin Innovative Finance Investment Company (TIFI), China Investment Corporation (CIC), and The Yintai Group, will attend a dinner hosted by Joan Dangerfield (Rodney’s widow) and Justin Han of the Opus 73 Group.

Last week’s visit by China’s Vice President Xi Jinping laid the groundwork for the event which will introduce Hollywood industry VIPs to this group of financial leaders from China.  The mission of this official visit to Hollywood is to explore joint ventures and partnerships, as well as projects of mutual economic and cultural benefit.  Business tycoon Kirk Kerkorian and multi-award winning music producer David Foster are among the confirmed attendees, which also include financiers, studio executives, award winning directors and actors.  The event will take place at the Hollywood Hills home of Joan Dangerfield.

The spotlight at this event will be focused on the continued development of the “Binhai New Area” of Tianjin, the port city neighboring Beijing, which has been earmarked by China’s Central Government as their next engine of economic development.  Yujiapu is the financial center of the Binhai New area which has attracted investments and partnerships from Fortune 500 companies all around the world, including a $2 Billion USD joint venture with the Rockefeller family spearheaded by Chairman Li Bo of the Tianjin Innovative Finance Investment Company (TIFI) to construct their International Financial Center in the heart of Yujiapu.

Last year Lincoln Center announced they are providing advisory services in connection with building a world-class performing arts complex in Yujiapu and a state-of-the-art exhibition center furthering the goal to establish Tianjin as a leader of entertainment and the arts in Asia.

The Binhai New Area is a Special Economic Zone consisting of 9 zones spanning 876.5 square miles in land area (ten times the size of Manhattan) that is a priority for economic development by the Chinese government.  A focal point of the project is the construction of the Yujiapu Financial District, which upon completion is anticipated to become the largest financial district in the world.

Joining the delegation are Opus 73 strategic partners Marcelo Carvalho d’Andrade, founder of Pro-Natura International who will be attending in support of Tianjin’s eco sustainable city plan, and Regina Rubino of Image Global Vision as Opus 73’s global branding partner.

Opus 73 is a Beverly Hills consulting firm founded by partners Joan Dangerfield and Justin Han. Leveraging decades of experience, well forged relationships, as well as international business and marketing expertise, Opus 73 is working with The Tianjin Innovative Finance Investment Company (TIFI) to identify and facilitate partnerships, marrying companies and brands with the Yujiapu Financial District in the city of Tianjin. Contact: Joan@Opus73.com

SOURCE Marleah Leslie & Associates

CNN iReport: Louie Anderson illuminates the night

“Luminaries” shown bright at the UCLA Visionary Ball on Thursday, Oct. 14, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills. From medicine to entertainment, the likes of comedian Louie Anderson were honored for their contributions and compassion.

All my friends are stars, some of them just happen to be celebrities… And someone has to hold the camera – Right?

“Luminaries” shown bright at the UCLA Visionary Ball on Thursday, Oct. 14, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills.  From medicine to entertainment, the likes of  comedian Louie Anderson were honored for their contributions and compassion.

The event, hosted by actor Mario Lopez, the handsome face of the syndicated TV entertainment news program “Extra” brought the two together in true red carpet style.

Recognized this year with the Rodney Respect Award, the comedian, (Anderson) was chosen as he embodies the late actor and comedian Rodney Dangerfield’s uncommon professional legacy and devotion to making a difference in the lives of others.  Louie, a stand-up comedian for more than two-decades, created a successful niche in the animated world with “Life With Louie,” and is the author of three books.

Known also for reviving the pop culture  phenomenon and game show, “The Family Feud,” from 1999 to 2002, he has worked with numerous charities and is the co-founder of the H.E.R.O. organization, whose mission is to empower the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless to “attain maximum self-sufficiency.”

In the immediate aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, Anderson performed at a New York City benefit for the widows of fallen policemen and firefighters. Previous Rodney Respect Award recipients have included Jay Leno, Tim Allen and Jim Carrey.

A big “thank you” to Louie for being such a gracious spirit and for truly making a difference in the lives of those who are some of the most vulnerable.