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Mickey Rooney Dies at 93

Monday April 7, 2014

Mickey RooneyMickey Rooney, one of the most prolific and long-lasting stars from the classic era, has died at 93.

Born on September 23, 1920, Rooney began his career in a series of 78 short films as the streetwise Mickey McGuire, before transitioning to features with supporting roles opposite the likes of James Cagney and Olivia de Havilland. He earned good early notices for his interpretation of Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) and made his first appearance with lifelong friend Judy Garland in Thoroughbreds Don't Die (1937).

But it was his supporting turn as Andy Hardy in A Family Affair (1937) that propelled Rooney into a superstar. Over the next 20-odd years, he would play the role 13 more times, mostly in the 1930s and 1940s when he reigned as the top box office earner for three years running. He also earned Academy Award nominations for his performances in Babes In Arms (1939) and The Human Comedy (1943).

While his rise to the top was fast, Rooney's decline was long and slow, lasting several decades where he suffered numerous failures and public indignities. Occasionally, he managed to resurrect himself, as he did when nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Dooley in The Bold and the Brave (1956). But by and large, Rooney suffered from one bad decision after another, especially with his quasi-racist turns as a buck-toothed Chinese man in Breakfast At Tiffany's (1961).

Through all his personal and professional travails - his serial infidelity, the murder-suicide of his fifth wife, Barbara Ann Thomason in the mid-1960s, the drug overdose of Judy Garland in 1969, and a growing problem with gambling addiction - Rooney managed to survive by continually working.

He once again sought redemption in the 1970s with his Oscar-nominated performance in The Black Stallion (1979) and later became an high-profile advocate against elder abuse, which included emotional testimony before  the U.S. Senate in 2011. In all, Rooney made some 300 films in his long career.

Rooney is survived by his eighth wife, Jan Rooney, and nine children.

For more on Mickey Rooney, check out a list of top movies here and his full profile here.

Classic Movie Stars Born in April

Saturday April 5, 2014

Marlon BrandoThis month includes some of the greatest actors of all time, including Alec Guinness, Marlon Brando, and Spencer Tracy, as well as top box office performers like Doris Day and Shirley Temple.

The Best of Bogart Collection Now Out on Blu-ray

Monday March 31, 2014

Bogart CollectionAnnounced back in November 2013, The Best of Bogart Collection is now available for purchase on Blu-ray.

The four-film set was released last week by Warner Bros. and indeed lives up to its name by featuring Bogie's greatest films.

In order of release date, the collection features The Maltese Falcon (1941), Bogart's first of five pictures with director John Huston. Next up, of course, is Casablanca (1942), co-starring Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains, and directed by Michael Curtiz.

The third film included in the set is arguably his best with Huston, The Treasure of Sierra Madre (1948). And rounding out the collection is The African Queen (1951), which co-starred Katharine Hepburn and earned Bogart the only Oscar for Best Actor of his career.

The set was released on March 25, 2014 and contains extras from previous Blu-ray releases.

Classic Movie Stars Born in March

Saturday March 1, 2014

Joan CrawfordThis month features a great diversity of stars born in March, from great comedians like Jerry Lewis and Lou Costello to great dramatic actors like Rex Harrison and Joan Crawford.

  • David Niven - Mar. 1
  • Jennifer Jones - Mar. 2
  • Jean Harlow - Mar. 3
  • Rex Harrison - Mar. 5
  • Lou Costello - Mar. 6
  • Cyd Charisse - Mar. 8
  • Raoul Walsh - Mar. 11
  • Gordon MacRae - Mar. 12
  • Michael Caine - Mar. 14
  • Jerry Lewis - Mar. 16
  • Shemp Howard - Mar. 17
  • Karl Malden - Mar. 22
  • Chico Marx - Mar. 22
  • Joan Crawford - Mar. 23
  • Steve McQueen - Mar. 24
  • David Lean - Mar. 25

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