Dangerfield’s widow sues over home video

first_imgRodney Dangerfield’s widow says that even in death the comedian can’t get any respect. Joan Dangerfield filed a lawsuit Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court to stop the airing of a videotape of Dangerfield in his later years that his widow says was never intended for the public. The comedian, whose catch phrase was “I don’t get no respect,” was 82 when he died in October 2004. The suit claimed that producer David Permut, a former friend, has more than 200 hours of video footage of Dangerfield taken at his home during the last few years of his life. The material is “highly private, extremely sensitive and very personal,” according to the lawsuit. Much of it shows the comedian in ill health and “was never intended to be made available for viewing by the public,” the suit said. A call to Permut’s company, Permut Presentations of Beverly Hills, was not immediately returned Saturday. The suit claims that Permut has shown some of the material to a writer and a newspaper reporter and is editing the material into a documentary called “Respect” that he hopes to air at the Sundance Film Festival next year. Dafoe sees old friends Willem Dafoe returned home to Wisconsin, where he said seeing childhood friends reminded him of the importance of old ties. “That’s what remains the most important,” said Dafoe, 52. “That’s what started the most important, and then I think everybody goes away from that for a little while. And then they come back to that. It’s like a primitive impulse.” The two-time Oscar nominee, known for roles in the “Spider-Man” trilogy and “Platoon,” spoke briefly at the Milwaukee International Film Festival on Friday night after the world premiere of his new movie, “Anamorph.” Dafoe said he had to “get out of town” after adolescence, so he moved to Milwaukee upon graduating from Appleton East High School. He studied drama at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee before joining the avant-garde theater group, Theatre X. He hasn’t been back to Appleton in more than 20 years, but planned to go for a visit. Hall finds a home The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame has plenty of big names, from Hank Williams Sr. to Bob Dylan to Dolly Parton. And now, finally, it has a home. The Hall of Fame will share space in a historic Music Row building with students enrolled in a new songwriting major at Belmont University, officials with the hall, the university and the Mike Curb Family Foundation said Thursday. “I’ve been a member for many years,” said Parton after the announcement. “It’s nice to know now we have a home.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img