Monday, March 7, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A colleague says there was nothing that Mickey Rooney couldn't do -- whether it was singing, dancing or acting.
Margaret O'Brien is among those remembering Rooney, who died yesterday at the age of 93 at his home in North Hollywood. O'Brien had been working on a film with Rooney recently, and said he "seemed fine" and was "as great as ever." She says, "He was undoubtedly the most talented actor that ever lived."
Just last month, Rooney attended Vanity Fair's Oscar party, posing for photos with other veteran stars.
Rooney first appeared on screen at the age of six in a silent comedy short, and he never stopped working. His films included 16 of the Andy Hardy comedies over the course of two decades, including one that featured fellow child star Judy Garland. They also appeared together in musicals like "Babes on Broadway" and "Strike up the Band," built around the "Let's put on a show" theme. Rooney was nominated for four Academy Awards, and received two special Oscars for film achievements.
He gained nearly as much attention for his personal life -- including eight marriages.