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Mickey Rooney began his career almost a century ago as a one-year-old performer in burlesque and stamped his mark in vaudeville, silent and talking films, Broadway, and television. He acted in his final motion picture just weeks before he died at age 93. He was an iconic presence in movies and the poster boy for American youth. Yet by World War II, Mickey Rooney had become frozen in time. His child-star status haunted him as the gilded safety net of Hollywood fell away, and he was forced to find support anywhere he could, including multiple marriages, affairs, alcohol, and drugs. This Old Hollywood biography presents Mickey Rooney from every angle, revealing the man Laurence Olivier once dubbed the best there has ever been.

©2015 Richard A. Lertzman and William J. Birnes (P)2016 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Very enlightening

What did you love best about The Life and Times of Mickey Rooney?

Lots of details both positive and negative about Mr. Rooney.

What did you like best about this story?

The unbiased information and details of his life.

Have you listened to any of Pete Cross’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Excellent presentation.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend to anyone interested in seeing Hollywoods early days through the eyes of this man as a youth and adult.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • 02-13-16

Entertaining and enlightening.

Captures the essence of the greatest talent in Hollywood history. Details the professional success and personal foibles that repeatedly derailed his life. No matter, the cliche "the show must go on" really meant something.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Wow

Very interesting with lots of film history. Did not know it would be rated PG-13 to R though. Lots of detail into his life (some TMI) and lots of dropping the F bomb. If you want to keep the fantasy of Andy Hardy don't read this book. If you want a truthful look at who Mickey Rooney was then this is the book to do it. The rose colored glasses come off with this telling of the film legend's life. Very well written.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Complicated personal life amazing professional lif

This book covers the waterfront. Lots of scandals, but they are put in context of his life. Mickey did what he wanted; and he was a highly respected performer. Apparently, Mickey could be crude. The writing is ok; needs better editing; some passages are repeated, which was disconcerting. I liked learning about Mickey Rooney's life and struggles. And was astonished to find out what high regard his talent inspired.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Story teller

Pete Cross is my favorite Narrator so far this was a beautiful story told very well.

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Somewhat interesting but repetitive.

An interesting tale of exploitation of talent and a sordid life. But very repetitive. By the third time it's been said (about a fifth of the way through the book) we get it: Mickey was a very talented guy who blew through his money by gambling, drinking, womanizing, and making bad investments. Does it bear repeating another 20 times?

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The Life and Times of Mickey Rooney

Knew little of Mickey Rooney but was told it was interesting. He had a long life and there was a lot of information to cover. Learned about what a talent he was and the huge amount of product he turned out during his life. Was never bored. In the end, he reminded me of the movies he made and when the movie ended he seemed to end. He was there moving through scripts but he was barely here other than moving through the years. He wasn't particularly nice and was a gambler, eventually, an alcoholic and left debris in his path to nowhere.

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Mickey Rooney comes alive in this book!

This was my first audible book!! I felt I was following around the great Mickey Rooney!! Always loved his acting! There is nobody alive today that can hold a candle to the raw & natural talent of that of Mickey!!!

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Great Read

Amazing book detailing a talented and confused man. old Hollywood explained in great detail. highly recommended if you have ever watch an Andy Hardy film.

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Mickey Rooney book

The book is very repetitive, covering the same topics in several places without any differing insights. The narrator does a good Mickey Rooney impression.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful