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Entertainment Icon, Mikey Rooney, dies at 93

Mickey Rooney in Babes in Arms trailerHe was a beloved Hollywood icon, a master of stage and screen, with a Hollywood career that spanned his entire life.

Mickey Rooney, the exuberant entertainer who led a roller-coaster life — the world’s top box-office star at 19 as the irrepressible Andy Hardy, a bankrupt in his 40s, a comeback kid on Broadway as he neared 60 — died on Sunday. He was 93 and lived in Westlake Village, Calif.

His death was confirmed by his son Michael Joseph Rooney (who is also entertainment royalty, being Kylie Minogues choreographer - amongst other credits)

He stood only a few inches taller than five feet, but Mr. Rooney was larger and louder than life. From the moment he toddled onto a burlesque stage at 17 months to his movie debut at 6 to his career-crowning Broadway debut in “Sugar Babies” at 59 and beyond, he did it all. He could act, sing, dance, play piano and drums, and before he was out of short pants he could cry on cue.

He will be greatly missed by anyone who witnessed his performance greatness, and our thoughts go to his loved ones at this difficult time.


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