Regardless of what he did later, to me he’ll always be Andy Hardy

Judy Garland And Mickey Rooney In 'Andy Hardy Meets Debutante'

So, Mickey Rooney is dead at age 93.

Not a bad innings for a guy who defied all odds in terms of lifestyle, what with women, booze, bad choices and a host of other transgressions against everything the longevity pussies tell us are vital in terms of living long and large.

Well, he didn’t live very large since he was only 5′ 2”, but you know what I mean.

What do I know about Mickey Rooney? Well I do know he was married to the delectable Ava Gardner and that should be enough for any man, short or tall. She was only 19 when she linked with one of the biggest stars in the business at that time.

He went through the ladies like a hot knife through fudge,” said Ava of a guy who was hardly Clark Gable. Ava’s gorgeous actress friend Lana Turner, who was with Rooney in some of the Andy Hardy films, was more direct, dubbing him “Andy Hard-on”. Nice work if you can get it. How did he do it? Beats me. His sexual attractiveness to a lot of gorgeous women – he was married 8 times – is as confounding as his longevity.

rooneyI guess he was charming, though I never found him to be so. I generally found him brash and a bit on the obnoxious side.

What do I know about Mickey Rooney?

– he was the same age as my mom.

– his real name was Joe Yule Jr, and he first went on stage at age 3.

– I did like some of his films from the 1930s like Boys’ Town, Captains Courageous, Little Lord Fauntleroy and The Human Comedy, among others.

– I can still find the Andy Hardy series quite funny and affecting and somehow, in my mind, Rooney remained the age of Andy Hardy throughout his life so I found it difficult to comprehend that this was the same person when I saw the later (and much more lived in) Rooney on a chat show.

– he was a loyal friend to the deeply troubled yet brilliant Judy Garland, and that speaks well of him. That said, though, I never much cared for their “Let’s put a stage up in the old barn and put on a show,” films.

– he almost single-handedly ruined a film that should have been brilliant, but turned out so-so, and that was Breakfast at Tiffany’s. His repellant and hugely racist Japanese character straight out of World War Two “rotsa ruck” stereotypes was so repellant that author Truman Capote boycotted the film of his book.

Not to speak ill of the deceased but I didn’t much care for Rooney and thought due to his venerability and what he had once been he was accorded more laurels than he deserved.

He was ‘not’ related to Andy Rooney, by the way.

Advertisements

3 responses to “Regardless of what he did later, to me he’ll always be Andy Hardy

  1. I always wondered what women saw in him, but hey, what do I know – other than seeing him in a few old films. And though they’re not related, don’t you find they sort of look alike, he and Andy?

  2. I could never figure out what women saw in him. He was either very charming or hung like a horse. Actually he did have a bit of a similarity with Andy.

  3. I was a child when I saw him in tv movies. I never really knew much about him as he never seemed to be a big star like Cary Grant or Elizabeth Taylor. I had not realized he had been married so many times to so many lovely women!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s