Rooney, Mickey

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Rooney, Mickey Gender: M
Joseph Yule, Jr.
born on 23 September 1920 at 11:55 (= 11:55 AM )
Place Brooklyn (Kings County), New York, 40n38, 73w56
Timezone EDT h4w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 00°18' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 08°17 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 00°40'

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Mickey Rooney


American actor, vaudevillian, comedian, producer and radio personality. In a career spanning nine decades and continuing until shortly before his death, he appeared in more than 300 films and was one of the last surviving stars of the silent film era. He was given a special Academy Award in 1938 in appreciation for his talents and box office bonanza. Rooney's life was marked by talent, debts, bankruptcy and dramatic though short-lived marriages.

While Rooney crested at the top with "Boy's Town" in 1939, his career began to take a dive when he became an adult demanding adult roles. The transition from a child and teen star to an adult actor was extremely difficult for the actor. In the '70s, he became more famous for his many marriages than his film career. In 1979, Rooney made his film comeback earning an Oscar nomination for "The Black Stallion." He won an Emmy award for best actor in the TV movie, "Bill" in 1981. In 1979, he opened on Broadway the musical "Sugar Babies" and toured with the company for eight years and in 1998, the 78-year-old actor was touring in the theater musical production of "The Wizard of Oz" as the wizard.

Rooney was born to a pair of vaudevillian performers. As Joe Yule, Jr., the boy first performed onstage at the age of fifteen months. In 1922, his parents divorced and his mother moved to Hollywood with her young son. He made his film debut at six years old playing a midget smoking a cigar. He was cast in 50 Mickey McGuire two-reel kid comedies that competed with the Little Rascals gang for the children's box office. Walt Disney liked his character so much that he named his cartoon mouse "Mickey." The young boy changed his name to Mickey Rooney and at 14 appeared as Puck in "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

He went on to major stardom with the Andy Hardy series. He was nominated for Oscars for his performances in "Babes in Arms," 1939, "The Human Comedy," 1943 and "The Bold and the Brave" in 1956. His career went into decline when he returned to work after his military service in WW II. In 1948, he demanded out of his studio contract to become a free agent in Hollywood. By 1956, he had worked in the entertainment industry for 33 years had made 152 films, earning more than $600 million but managing to save a scant $2,345. He earned less money as the years went by and ended up in the minor film, "How to Stuff a Wild Bikini" in 1965. Rooney worked on the dinner theater circuit in the '70s. He wrote two autobiographies, "i.e.," 1965 and "Life is Too Short" in 1991. He starred in the Family cable channel TV series, "The Adventures of the Black Stallion" in the early '90s. He worked in the Toronto production of "Crazy for You" in 1995. In 1998, he was featured in the sequel, "Babe: Pig in the City."

Rooney met his first wife, newly arrived starlet Ava Gardner on the set of "Babes In Arms." They married on 10 January 1942 in Ballard, California, a town in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains and miscast, divorced a year later, on 21 May 1943. While Rooney was serving in the army, he met beauty queen Betty Jane Rase, a Miss Birmingham, Alabama. They married in 1944 and produced two sons, Mickey Jr. and Timothy. Rooney and Betty divorced in 1948 and the following hear he married actress Martha Vickers. He divorced his third wife in 1951 and married the former nude calendar model, Elaine Mahnken, in 1952. He cheated on her with his fifth wife, California beauty queen Barbara Ann Thomason, whom he married in 1958. While he played around, she followed suit, cheating on him with the actor Milo Milosevic. In 1966, Thomason and Milosevic were found dead in a murder-suicide in Rooney's Los Angeles home. He had a hard time recovering; he did drugs for a decade following the trauma.

He married Barbara's best friend, Marge Lane, in 1967 for 100 days. In 1969, he married a newspaper secretary Carolyn Hockett and they divorced in 1974.

Rooney met and married his eighth wife, 39-year-old actress Jan Chamberlin in 1978. By this time he was the father of nine children, all of them good-looking, and he did not raise any of them. Together, he and Jan had 11 kids to support. With the help of his eighth wife, Rooney has been able to kick his dependency in alcohol and gambling on race horses.

They filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy on 9 July 1996, as they owed the IRS about $2 million in back taxes dating back to 1974. His 1996 bankruptcy was his third, he also filed in 1962 and 1965.

Rooney has civic interests as an animal rights advocate and the spokesman for the California Department of Aging. He helped to launch and was once part owner of the TCBY yogurt chain, and he has written a series of novels and scripts.

On 20 December 2000, after having a successful double-bypass surgery, Thousand Oaks, California, he checked out of the Medical Center on Christmas Day.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • friend relationship with Garland, Judy (born 10 June 1922). Notes: Lifelong friend
  • spouse relationship with Devry, Elaine (born 10 January 1930). Notes: 1952-1958
  • spouse relationship with Gardner, Ava (born 24 December 1922). Notes: Bitter, 1942-1943
  • spouse relationship with Rooney, Barbara (born 25 January 1937). Notes: Bitter, 1958-1966
  • spouse relationship with Rooney, Jan (born 23 November 1938). Notes: Happy, 1978-2014


  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1939 ("Babes in Arms")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1943 ("The Human Comedy")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1956 ("The Bold and the Brave")
  • Financial : Bankruptcy 1962 (First of three)
  • Financial : Bankruptcy 1965 (Second of three)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1978 (Eighth to Jan Chamberlain)
  • Health : Medical procedure 20 December 2000 (Double heart by-pass surgery)
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  • Death, Cause unspecified 6 April 2014 (Natural causes, age 93)
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Source Notes

From his book, "I.E. An Autobiography"

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  • Traits : Body : Size (Height: 5 ft 2 in/ 1.57 m)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Drugs (Following relationship trauma)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Age difference more than 15 yrs (Mickey 19 years older)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Eight)
  • Family : Relationship : Stress - Traumatic event (Fifth wife murdered)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (11)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Loss - Bankruptcy (Three)
  • Passions : Sexuality : Extremes in quantity (Many lovers)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 93)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Child performer (Stage at age two)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Comedy
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Live Stage
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Night Club/ Vaudeville
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Radio/ D.J./ Announcer
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Drummer)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Entertain Producer
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer (I.E. An Autobiography)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession (Nominated for Oscar three times)
  • Notable : Book Collection : American Book