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Actor Mickey Rooney Dies

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Actor Mickey Rooney has died at age 93.  According to the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles coroner's office confirmed the actor's death, but offered no other details. 

Rooney's career in show business began on the vaudeville stage when he was just a small child.  He became a box office sensation in the "Andy Hardy" films of the 1930's and 1940's.

Rooney starred with Judy Garland in a series of popular musicals that included 1939's "Babes in Arms," which brought him the first of four Oscar nominations. He received an Academy Award at the age of nineteen for his role in "Boys Town." The academy honored Rooney with an honorary Oscar in 1983 for his versatility in 50 years of film.

His off screen life was often turbulent.  He was married eight times, among the eight mates, actress Ava Gardner.  He toured into his late '80s in a two-person stage show with wife number eight, Jan Chamberlin. The two were married in 1978.

In 2011, at age 90 he testified before a senate committee about elder abuse.  Mickey Rooney's testimony was personal. He claimed that a family member took and misused his money and "left him scared, used and frustrated."

Rooney may have been only 5 foot 3 inches in stature, but the versatile actor had one of the longest careers in Hollywood.

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