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A fond farewell to Joseph Yule, Jr., better known as Mickey Rooney

  • Millions of fans internationally
  • 93 years of life
  • 9 decades of performing
  • 7 decades of films
  • 9 children
  • 19 grandchildren
  • 14 (age at which he was signed by MGM)
  • Several great-grandchildren.
  • 8 marriages (including his first wife, Ava Gardner, 1942)
  • 6 (age he made his screen debut)
  • 5 feet tall (barely)
  • 4 Academy Award nominations
  • 2nd and 3rd youngest best actor nominee
  • 1 honorary Academy Award (1983 for 50 years of performance)
  • 1 Emmy (In 1981, for playing a mentally challenged man in the TV movie Bill)
  • 1 Bronze Star Medal for entertaining the troops in combat zones
  • 1 screen sweetheart - Judy Garland
  • 1 love of his life – his work

The numbers add up to a lifetime worth living

Remembered best for his starring roles, from Puck to Andy Hardy,, Joseph Yule, Jr., better known as Mickey Rooney, passed away of natural causes at the age of 93. He was one of the last surviving stars of the silent movie era.

A product of Hollywood’s golden age, Mickey Rooney had a sweet life by all measures. But with the good come the not-so-good. Mickey Rooney became an advocate and spokesperson for Elder Abuse and took his case to Congress in 2011. As is all too often the case, Rooney himself had become a victim of family members who took control of his life against his will. He testified that they made him feel "scared, disappointed, yes, and angry." He begged the senators to put an end to chronic emotional, physical, sexual and financial abuse of elder Americans by family members and other caregivers. Mickey Rooney and Elder Abuse.

Most will miss his mischievous grins we remember from his films. In his honor, we should all sit up, take notice, and do something about elder abuse. It is NOT okay.

Some interesting clips of Mickey Rooney in his happier days when he entertained the multitudes:

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