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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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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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Fabulous!

I really enjoyed this biography. The book was well written and apparently well researched. It was brutally honest without being offensive and it gave Rooney fans a great appreciation for Mickey's talent. I was sorry that Mickey came off as a womanizer and uncaring father, but his own childhood may have been at fault. It was too bad that Mickey lived for ninety years and appeared to have learned absolutely nothing about business or taking good advice. He had all the right people in his life who could have prevented most of his problems; yet, he took pains to surround himself and trust those who used and abused him. The narrator was perfect. I loved it when he assumed Mickey's voice without trying to imitate him. The narrator really made the story of this complexed man worth the journey. I recommend this book highly.

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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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Quite a life!

Did enjoy hearing his life story. A lot of it however was spent discussing his finances, or lack thereof, in almost every chapter.
But overall an interesting look at one of the most talented men who ever came out of old Hollywood.

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Great book, sad story

the author did an amazing job researching and telling the story in an objective and honest way. it was respectful to Rooney, who was apparently not a quality person who really had a sad life. the performer was excellent reading the sad story.

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Very good

A very good, in-depth account of Rooney's life. Although at times it was repetitive .

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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?