The Life and Times of Mickey Rooney

  • by Richard A. Lertzman, William J. Birnes
  • Narrated by Pete Cross
  • 18 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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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.

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- Jim Walker

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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- RS

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-10-2015
  • Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC