Mickey Rooney (1920-2014)
Last night after a weekend high of enjoying Doris Day birthday photos and videos, my worldly multilingual Korean-loving friend sent me a link to inform me of Mickey Rooney’s passing.
I didn’t cry but did hold back tears. I have still not seen an Andy Hardy movie but as a child and teen did watch Manhattan Melodrama, Boy’s Town, Little Lord Fauntleroy and his grown-up roles in The Bridges at Toko-Ri, the embarrassing Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Requiem for a Heavyweight and in most recent years, The Muppets.
He’s always been a part of my life. As an Ava Gardner fan I was obsessed with reading about her husbands and lovers. My mother loved reading tabloids so I remember her old magazines issues about Mickey and Ann Miller in the Sugar Babies Burlesque Musical. A few years ago before his separation from his last wife, Jan, I found him on Facebook and became a “friend.” He then disappeared due to problems with Jan’s son. He reappeared a few years later on Facebook with photos of him dining with Margaret O’Brien and Emma Thompson, attending Hollywood parties, and exercising.
At the time of his death he was making a film with Margaret O’Brien, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I don’t know if it will still be completed. If yes, I may contribute as I would love to be part of a film in which he was involved. It makes me feel connected to the old Hollywood Studio days. I was hoping there was still time to finally meet him. My friend teases that perhaps I could have become his last wife, #9, and maybe had given him another child. If we had, he may have lived another 10+ years.
Mickey Rooney was an iconic movie star from an era in movies now sadly long gone. Now as the years pass and these last movie greats from the golden era of Hollywood pass; we can look back and admire the contribution they each made to film and appreciate their outstanding work. Now more than ever if think people do really appreciate the golden era of Hollywood more so than ever before, and that is wonderful to see!
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