The Life and Times of Mickey Rooney

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Simon and Schuster, 20‏/10‏/2015 - 624 من الصفحات
A definitive biography of the iconic actor and Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney (1920-2014) and his extravagant, sometimes tawdry life, drawing on exclusive interviews, and with those who knew him best, including his heretofore unknown mistress of sixty years.

“I lived like a rock star,” said Mickey Rooney. “I had all I ever wanted, from Lana Turner and Joan Crawford to every starlet in Hollywood, and then some. They were mine to have. Ava [Gardner] was the best. I screwed up my life. I pissed away millions. I was #1, the biggest star in the world.”

Mickey Rooney began his career almost a century ago as a one-year-old performer in burlesque and stamped his mark in vaudeville, silent films, talking films, Broadway, and television. He acted in his final motion picture just weeks before he died at age ninety-three. He was an iconic presence in movies, the poster boy for American youth in the idyllic small-town 1930s. Yet, by World War II, Mickey Rooney had become frozen in time. A perpetual teenager in an aging body, he was an anachronism by the time he hit his forties. His child-star status haunted him as the gilded safety net of Hollywood fell away, and he was forced to find support anywhere he could, including affairs with beautiful women, multiple marriages, alcohol, and drugs.

In The Life and Times of Mickey Rooney, authors Richard A. Lertzman and William J. Birnes present Mickey’s nearly century-long career within the context of America's changing entertainment and social landscape. They chronicle his life story using little-known interviews with the star himself, his children, his former coauthor Roger Kahn, collaborator Arthur Marx, and costar Margaret O’Brien. This Old Hollywood biography presents Mickey Rooney from every angle, revealing the man Laurence Olivier once dubbed “the best there has ever been.”
 

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معاينة المستخدمين  - knahs - LibraryThing

This is a no holds barred biography of entertainer Mickey Rooney. Rooney was definitely talented - actor, singer, dancer, composer, live performer, and accomplished in playing numerous musical ... قراءة التقييم بأكمله

The Life and Times of Mickey Rooney

معاينة المستخدمين  - Publishers Weekly

Birnes and Lertzman have created a definitive biography of Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney (1920–2014), examining his children, spouses, mistress, and other biographies as well as the star himself. The ... قراءة التقييم بأكمله

المحتوى

The Last Movie
1
Born in a Trunk
15
Mickey McGuire
43
Ma Lawlor and Universal Studios
69
Selznick Rescues Mickey The Start at MGM
80
A Midsummer Nights Dream
85
The Gates of Hell
104
Mickey and the Lion
117
Bigamy and Barbara Ann
342
The Mickey Jinx and the Murder in Brentwood
349
Career Swings
365
The Seventies Aftermath of Tragedy
400
Escape from Los Angeles
413
Sugar Babies
429
Mickeys Back The Oscars and the Emmys and Bill
449
Going Ungently into That Good Night
461

The MakeBelieve World of Andy Hardys America
125
Mickey and Judy and the MGM Backyard Musicals
148
Mickey Goes Wild
159
Ava
172
The First Divorce
203
Mickey and the Pit Bull
220
Greetings
238
Rooney Inc
248
The Lion Strikes Back
275
The Mick the Duke and the Deuce in the Coconut
296
Time May Lie Heavy Between
477
The Last Years
482
His Revels Are Now Ended
494
Its a Wrap
510
Afterword by Paul Petersen
521
Acknowledgments
525
Mickey Rooney Filmography and Credits in Chronological Order
531
Notes
551
Index
571
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حول المؤلف (2015)

Richard A. Lertzman, with William J. Birnes, coauthored Dr. Feelgood, which garnered wide publicity in the United States. Lertzman is the former editor and publisher of Screen Scene magazine.

William J. Birnes, PhD, publisher of UFO Magazine, is the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller The Day After Roswell with the late Lt. Col. Philip J. Corso; the coauthor of The Riverman and Signature Killers with Robert Keppel, PhD; and the editor-in-chief of The McGraw-Hill Personal Computer Programming Encyclopedia. Dr. Birnes lives in Los Angeles and New York with his wife, novelist Nancy Hayfield.

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