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Legendary Hollywood Star Mickey Rooney Dies at 93

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Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney has passed away today at the age of 93, Variety reports.

The pint-sized actor had a prolific career spanning over nine decades which included: two special Oscars (the Juvenile Award in 1939 and an Honorary Academy Award in 1983), one Emmy Award, two Golden Globes and one Tony.

Rooney was one of MGM Studio's biggest box office stars in the late '30s and early '40s and was one of the last surviving stars of the silent film era.

Born Joseph Yule Jr. in Brooklyn, Rooney made his stage debut at just 15 months old during his family's vaudeville act, Yule and Carter.  

The Barely Five-Foot-Tall Star Had Been Ill For Quite Some Time 

Shortly after his parents divorced, his mother took him to Hollywood where he was cast as Mickey McGuire in a series of 78 short films.

The success of the films led to him being signed to MGM when he was 14 and instantly sky-rocketed him into fame. 

One of Rooney's closest friends, and co-stars, was Judy Garland. The two starred in the 1937 hit A Family Affair, which led to multiple Andy Hardy films through 1946.

Rooney also had an illustrious personal life and was married eight times and has been married to Jan Chamberlin since 1978.

Rooney is survived by son Mickey Rooney Jr. from his marriage to singer Betty Jane Rase; son Theodore Michael Rooney from his marriage to actress Martha Vickers; daughters Kelly Ann Rooney, Kerry Rooney and Kimmy Sue Rooney, and son Michael Joseph Rooney from his marriage to Barbara Ann Thomason; daughter Jonelle Rooney and adopted son Jimmy Rooney from his marriage to Carolyn Hockett.

Our thoughts go out to his family during this difficult time.

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Epicentre
• Los Angeles, CA 90036

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• LILY HARRISON
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• RIP Mr. Rooney. Your legacy will live on forever and you will always have a place in our hearts. Despite the fact that I am only 17, my parents introduced me to the beauty of classic black and white films from a young age. Rooney never failed to put a smile on my face or give me a good laugh through his crazy antics and incredible acting.Thank you, Mr. Rooney, for being such an inspiring man, and for living your life to the fullest. You will never be forgotten.
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