Monday, April 7, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A colleague says there was nothing that Mickey Rooney couldn't do -- whether it was singing, dancing or acting.
Margaret O'Brien is among those remembering Rooney, who died yesterday at the age of 93 at his home in North Hollywood. O'Brien had been working on a film with Rooney recently, and said he "seemed fine" and was "as great as ever." She says, "He was undoubtedly the most talented actor that ever lived."
Just last month, Rooney attended Vanity Fair's Oscar party, posing for photos with other veteran stars.
Rooney first appeared on screen at the age of six in a silent comedy short, and he never stopped working. His films included 16 of the Andy Hardy comedies over the course of two decades, including one that featured fellow child star Judy Garland. They also appeared together in musicals like "Babes on Broadway" and "Strike up the Band," built around the "Let's put on a show" theme. Rooney was nominated for four Academy Awards, and received two special Oscars for film achievements.
He gained nearly as much attention for his personal life -- including eight marriages.
050-a-08-(Annie Lawson, Los Angeles area resident, in interview)-"all growing up"-Los Angeles area resident Annie Lawson says she has many fond memories from her childhood watching old Mickey Rooney movies. (7 Apr 2014)
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010-r-14-(Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland, in scene from 1938's "Love Finds Andy Hardy")-"things that way"-Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland, in scene from 1938's "Love Finds Andy Hardy." (7 Apr 2014)
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009-r-18-(Mickey Rooney and Elizabeth Taylor, in a scene from 1944's "National Velvet")-"you do it"-Mickey Rooney and Elizabeth Taylor, in a scene from 1944's "National Velvet." (7 Apr 2014)
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GRAPHICSBANK: MICKEY ROONEY headshot, actor, on texture with 1920-2014 lettering, finished graphic (7 Apr 2014)
APPHOTO NYSB212: FILE - In this Jan. 5, 1942, file photo, Mickey Rooney, 21, Movieland's No. 1 box office star, and Ava Gardner, 19, of Wilson, N.C., pose together in Santa Barbara, Calif., shortly after the couple applied for a marriage license. Rooney, a Hollywood legend whose career spanned more than 80 years, died Sunday, April 6, 2014, at his North Hollywood, Calif. home. He was 93. (AP Photo/File) (5 Jan 1942)
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APPHOTO NYSB217: FILE - Child actor Mickey Rooney, 7, is shown as a performer in this undated photo. Rooney, a Hollywood legend whose career spanned more than 80 years, died Sunday, April 6, 2014, at his North Hollywood, Calif. home. He was 93. (AP Photo/File) (6 Apr 2014)
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