Thursday, 23 September 2010

Some Birthday Thoughts On Mickey Rooney

Today is the 90th birthday of Mickey Rooney, who no doubt has a great many more years in him yet. His enormous popularity - especially with the opposite sex - remains one of the enduring mysteries of the entertainment business. Married eight times, he took as his first wife Ava Gardner, no less - yes, Ava Gardner - Ava, what were you thinking of? Since his first appearance, playing a midget in a 1926 short, he was clocked up 323 acting credits in movies, plus countless TV appearances and appearances as 'himself'. Despite the fact that, since an angel appeared to him in a coffee shop, he has been a 'born-again' Christian, rumours persist that Rooney is actually an emissary of Satan. This, I suspect, is entirely based on his appearance, and he is no doubt a blameless and delightful man. My own theory is that one of his parents was an elf, or possibly a goblin.

6 comments:

  1. Whenever I look at him, I can't help but think 'chubby munchkin'. There you go. I've said it but I just can't help it. To me he's always going to be that 'chubby munchkin'.

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  2. I think his success is down to his reputation as a great Puck.

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  3. Well, er, Nige, Ava told Charles Gray, a neighbour in London, that the secret of Mickey's success with women was something to do with size, and it wasn't his height she was talking about. This would explain his hit rate regardless of his altitude. Very funny in Breakfast at tiffany's..'ah, miss Gorightly'

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  4. A great Puck then. Who'd have thought it?

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  5. What a thought! An 'excited' Mickey Rooney. If true, you think he'd have difficulty seeing past it or, at least, problems with it getting lodged up his nostrils.

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  6. I liked him in that Simpsons episode where Milhouse is in a movie with Rainier Wolfcastle.

    He calls himself 'The Roonster'.

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