Mickey Rooney Remembered

Actor and comedian Mickey Rooney, whose career spanned more than 80 years, died at age 93. He starred in silent comedy shorts, MGM musicals with Judy Garland, the popular Andy Hardy family films, an Emmy-winning TV drama and a Broadway hit, "Sugar Babies."

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Entertainer Mickey Rooney is shown in this May 1987 file photo. Rooney, a Hollywood legend whose career spanned more than 80 years, died at the age of 93. He starred in silent comedy shorts, MGM musicals, the popular Andy Hardy family films, and a Broadway hit, "Sugar Babies."
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Mickey Rooney, right, and Jane Rooney arrive during the 82nd Academy Awards Sunday, March 7, 2010, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles.
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Actor Mickey Rooney, left, kisses the hand of Queen Elizabeth II during a garden party celebrating her state visit to the U.S. at the British Embassy in Washington, Monday, May 7, 2007.
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Johnny Grant, left, honorary mayor of Hollywood, helps Jan and Mickey Rooney unveil their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, Monday, April 26, 2004. The Rooneys received the star in the live performance category.
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In this Wednesday, March 2, 2011 photo, entertainer Mickey Rooney testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington about elder abuse before the Senate Aging Committee.
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Mickey Rooney, second from right, joins cast members Dirk Lumbard, Eartha Kitt and Caroline McMahon, left to right, during the opening performance curtain call for "The Wizard of Oz" Friday, May 1, 1998, at New York's Madison Square Garden. Rooney plays the lead role in the stage production.
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Child star Mickey Rooney poses for a promotional photo at age 5 in this photo dated about 1925.
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Child actor Mickey Rooney, 7, is shown as a performer in this undated photo.
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Left to right: actors Mickey Rooney and Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962) performing with bandleader Ray Anthony at a party given by Anthony for Monroe, Hollywood, August 1952. Behind them is the score of Anthony’s specially written song 'Marilyn'.
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American actor Mickey Rooney, as Huckleberry Finn, in 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn', directed by Richard Thorpe, 1939.
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Former President Gerald Ford, second from left, and his wife Betty Ford, right, visit with Mickey Rooney, left, and Larry Gatlin following a Broadway performance of "The Will Rogers Follies," at the Palace Theatre in New York, Friday, July 16, 1993.
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Judy Garland receives a kiss from Mickey Rooney as she is given a special award Oscar for her outstanding performance as a screen juvenile during the past years at the 1939 Academy Awards presented at the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, Ca., Feb. 29, 1940.
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Actor Mickey Rooney is pictured with his children at a beach location in this undated photograph. From left are: daughter Kerry, 4, son Kyle, 3, and 5-year-old daughter Kelly, 5.
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Pvt. Mickey Rooney attends a Hollywood movie premiere with his mother, Nell Pankey, on Aug. 17, 1944.
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Actor Mickey Rooney is shown as G.I. Dooley in the 1956 Hollywood movie "The Bold and the Brave."
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Former child actor Mickey Rooney (right) competes for the attention of actress Ava Gardner with his father Joe Yule (1884 - 1950) on their wedding day. Rooney and Gardner were married from 1942 to 1943.
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Mickey Rooney is against the ropes as Spencer Tracy stands by him in this scene from the 1938 movie "Boys Town." Tracy plays the part of Father Flannigan in this film. Actor at center is Frankie Thomas.
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Bob Hope with his arm around Mickey Rooney in a scene from the film 'Off Limits', 1953.
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Ann Miller and Mickey Rooney are surrounded by Sugar Babies from the Broadway musical comedy revue of the same name as they film a portion for the newest "I Love New York" commercial early Friday morning in New York City, Oct. 31, 1980.
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Actor Mickey Rooney appears dressed as "Pinnochio," in September 1957. Rooney appeared in an NBC live musical television production of Pinocchio.
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Mickey Rooney holds his autobiography, "Life Is Too Short," during a book signing at a bookstore in New York City on April 1, 1991.
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Entertainer Bob Hope, left, presents the Honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement to actor Mickey Rooney at the 55th Annual Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, Ca., April 10, 1983. Rooney was honored for his 60 years of contribution to the motion picture industry.
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Actor Mickey Rooney, left, gets a hug from entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. backstage during intermission at New York's Mark Hellinger Theatre where Rooney appeared in the Broadway musical comedy revue "Sugar Babies," Monday night, April 6, 1981.
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President Ronald Reagan embraces Mickey Rooney while Nancy Reagan chats with Ann Miller during a backstage visit between acts of the Broadway musical ìSugar Babiesî in New York, March 14, 1981.
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Veteran Comic Mickey Rooney wears a Napoleonic Era hat as he tapes an “I love New York” television commercial with Elizabeth Taylor on Thursday, August 27, 1981.
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