Old 04-07-2014, 09:25 AM
MICKEY ROONEY: Peace at Last?

Peace at Last?

Part 1:

Mickey Rooney(1920-2014) was an American film actor and entertainer whose film, television, and stage appearances span nearly his entire lifetime. He died yesterday. He received multiple awards, including a Juvenile Academy Award, an Honorary Academy Award, two Golden Globes and an Emmy Award. Working as a performer since he was a child, he was a superstar as a teenager for the films in which he played Andy Hardy, and he has had one of the longest careers of any actor, spanning 92 years actively making films in ten decades, from the 1920s to the 2010s.

For a younger generation of fans, he gained international fame for his leading role as Henry Dailey in The Family Channel's The Adventures of the Black Stallion. He was married 8 times, had 9 kids, and appears to have never found peace maritally; on his death he was separated from with his last marital partner of 46 years. Rooney had 19 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren. You can read the details of his life-narrative at Wikipedia.

Part 2:

The year 1937 was a big one for Rooney. That year he was selected to portray Andy Hardy in A Family Affair.Rooney's role was to provide comic relief. The film was an unexpected success, and led to 13 more Andy Hardyfilms between 1937 and 1946. Rooney also received top billing, that same year, as "Shockey Carter" in Hoosier Schoolboy. Rooney made his first film alongside Judy Garland in 1937 with Thoroughbreds Don't Cry. It was here that Rooney came into the life of my family. The year 1937 was a big one in the history of a Cause I have been associated with now for more than 60 years.(1)

I won't give you chapter and verse of Rooney's life and the many ways in which a certain synchronicity played itself out between his life, my life, and the lives of my parents. In 1944, the year I was born, Rooney enlisted in the United States Army. His first television series, The Mickey Rooney Show: Hey, Mulligan, appeared on NBC television for 32 episodes between August 28, 1954 and June 4, 1955. My mother, thinking TV would have a bad effect on my studies, sold our television shortly after this series, but I remember Rooney even though I was only eleven in 1955. He is even more in my memory-bank since I was not to have a TV in my home again until 1977 during my second marriage when I was in my 30s.

Part 3:

What a roller-coaster ride
your life was, Mickey!!. I
only saw you occasionally
after those TV episodes in
the 1950s; you popped-up
in all sorts of movies & TV
programs before and after I
retired. Now you are gone!!(2)

I wish you well in that Land
of Light which I'm told is a
better place than this one in
which one suffers the slings
and arrows of an outrageous
fortune and, sometimes, takes
arms against a sea of troubles.

To die, to sleep, as the Bard
put it, to end the heartache &
the 1000 natural shocks that
flesh is heir to. Mickey, 'tis a
consummation to be wished.(3)

1 In 1937 the North American Baha'i community launched a series of teaching and consolidation, service and social activism plans which I have been associated with now for more than 60 years.

2 I retired in 1999 after a 50 year student and employment life: 1949 to 1999, and slowly reinvented myself as a writer and author, poet and publisher, online blogger and journalist. Rooney died 15 years into my retirement. I was age 70; he was 93.

3 Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act III, Scene I, in the famous "To be or not to be" soliloquy.

Ron Price
7 April 2014.

Last edited by RonPrice9; 10-04-2014 at 11:19 PM.. Reason: To update the wording
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Old 04-09-2014, 08:58 PM
I think it's absolutely disgusting the crap that's going on with his family etc.

These people should wake the fuck up.

Mickey Rooney is/was/and ever shall be an icon.

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Old 04-11-2014, 07:14 PM
His work with Judy Garland was the best of his career. Tragic he outlived her by 45 years. His family is worthless though. Except for the one kid. He was one of the all time greats though, sad to see him die but he lived a very long and fruitful life.
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Old 10-04-2014, 11:27 PM
Belated Thanks

Belated thanks for your responses, folks. In has now been some 6 months since I posted the introduction to this thread. Beginning as a child actor, Rooney's career extended over 90 years, making him one of the most enduring performers in show business history. One of the aspects of his life that interested me was that his career was marked by precipitous declines and raging comebacks. We all need to be able to make comebacks from the low points in our lives. I also found the remarks of film historian Jeanine Basinger of interest.

She wrote as follows: "Rooney's abundant talent, like his film image, might seem like a metaphor for America: a seemingly endless supply of natural resources that could never dry up, but which, it turned out, could be ruined by excessive use and abuse, by arrogance or power, and which had to be carefully tended to be returned to full capacity. From child star to character actor, from movie shorts to television specials, and from films to Broadway, Rooney ultimately did prove he could do it all, do it well, and keep on doing it. His is a unique career, both for its versatility and its longevity."

See: Bassinger, Jeanine; Unterburger, Amy L., ed. International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers: Actors and Actresses, 3rd ed., St. James Press, (1997) pp. 10531056
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Old 03-14-2015, 12:03 AM
It's Been Nearly 1 Year

It will soon be one year since Rooney's death. In 2004, ten years before he died, Pocono Mountains Film Festival gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award. If anyone deserved it...it was him.-Ron
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