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April 14, 1991 | David Freeman, Freeman is the author of "A Hollywood Education"; his novel, "A Hollywood Life," will be published this summer.
When he pops on screen or bounces on stage, and it's hard to imagine him anywhere else, you can almost hear an announcer's voice: "And here he is, the one, the only, MICKEY ROONEY!" He first appeared in vaudeville at age 17 months, and now, in his early 70s, he says, "When I open a refrigerator door and the light goes on, I want to perform." The highs of his life are a part of our culture: the Andy Hardy movies, "Boys Town" and the back-yard musicals with Judy Garland.
June 12, 2012 | Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Ann Rutherford , an actress whose small role as Scarlett's younger sister Carreen in the 1939 film "Gone With the Wind" was her most enduring, has died. She was 94. Rutherford, who also portrayed Mickey Rooney 's teenage girlfriend in the Andy Hardy movies, died Monday evening at her home in Beverly Hills, said her close friend and fellow actress Anne Jeffreys. Rutherford had been in declining health with heart problems. As she became one of the last surviving cast members of "Gone With the Wind," Rutherford made a second career out of attending festivals featuring the beloved Civil War epic.
Child actors--whether they wind up in drug rehab or the director's chair--rarely if ever, overcome the haunting memory and fear of that early exploitation. Former child star Mickey Rooney ("Boys Town," the "Andy Hardy" series) has written a novel that is ferociously frank about that fear.
January 10, 1988
I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Dan Sullivan for starting the new year off correctly. My best wishes to you and yours. MICKEY ROONEY Westlake Village
February 13, 2005
From the Washington Post: The TV Column in the Feb. 8 Style section incorrectly described one of the Super Bowl commercials that were scrapped. The ad featured the bare bottom of Mickey Rooney, not Andy Rooney.
June 1, 2004 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
The Cinegrill. It's a name that immediately conjures up images of old Hollywood. Of Humphrey Bogart standing at the bar, and Marilyn Monroe seated at a dark corner table. Of Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald hanging out. And Mary Martin starting her singing career, while an infant son named Larry Hagman sleeps in her dressing room. For years the club was the entertainment heart of the Roosevelt Hotel -- itself a central Hollywood location and the site of the first Academy Awards in 1929.
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