Fair winds and following seas, Mr. Rooney…

MickeyRooneySSUSApril 9, 2014 – Mickey Rooney, shown in the above 1963 photo by Bela Zola aboard the venerable SS United States, was one of the last truly big stars of the real Golden Age of Hollywood. He died this past Sunday at the age of 93. It’s said that he has had the longest career in show business of any other performer/entertainer, though it’s now being revealed that he died essentially penniless. To add to the indignity, in true Hollywood Babylon fashion, today’s Los Angeles Times  reports that Rooney’s body now lies in a morgue at Forest Lawn Cemetery while family members close and estranged argue over his final resting place. Hollywood can be a glorious love affair, but it can also be a very cruel and unforgiving mistress. RIP Mr. Rooney. Here’s hoping you put on a great show with Judy and friends on that big backyard stage in the sky. TCM’s remembrance is here. Stay tuned…

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UPDATE – April 13, 2014 – The LA Times reported on Friday that the families have worked out their differences, and Mr. Rooney’s final resting place will be Hollywood Forever Cemetery, one of my absolute favorite places in Los Angeles. He’ll be in very good company there with the likes of Tyrone Power, Ann Sheridan, Fay Wray, Janet Gaynor, Adolphe Menjou, Hattie McDaniel, Peter Lorre, Douglas Fairbanks and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Darren McGavin, Norma and Constance Talmadge, and Clifton Webb (to name just a few). And, of course, for those in the know, producer Milford B. Langen. Stay tuned…

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