Actor Mickey Rooney has died at 93.
In my mind, I picture him as an irrepressible young man; that’s the age he was when he gained his greatest fame. As a child, I watched the Andy Hardy movies on my black-and-white TV. Whenever it rained at summer camp they’d show seemingly endless films, a great many of which featured Rooney with horses. I wasn’t all that interested in the horses, but I loved Rooney’s energy and cocky attitude.
That energy took him through a long long life—not to mention eight wives, including the beauteous Ava Gardner.
I could put up any number of clips here, but for some reason this one comes to mind first, made when Rooney was about fifteen. “Goodnight unto you all!”:
But perhaps his greatest joy was performing with Judy Garland. Now that we’ve said good-night, let’s say “good morning”: