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Hollywood Superstar Mickey Rooney Dies at 93

Mickey Rooney, one of the last stars from Hollywood's golden age, has died at 93. Rooney's career began in the early 1920s and spanned all media -- from silent movies to Broadway to television. During the Great Depression, when the national mood was bleak, his eternal optimism and simple values helped make him a star among American audiences.
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Child star Mickey Rooney poses for a promotional photo at age 5 in this photo dated about 1925. Rooney, a Hollywood legend whose career spanned more than 80 years.
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Child star Mickey Rooney poses for a promotional photo at age 5 in this photo dated about 1925. Rooney, a Hollywood legend whose career spanned more than 80 years.

Mickey Rooney is against the ropes as Spencer Tracy stands by him in this scene from the 1938 movie "Boys Town." 
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Mickey Rooney is against the ropes as Spencer Tracy stands by him in this scene from the 1938 movie "Boys Town." 

Film actor Mickey Rooney celebrates his 21st birthday at a party in a Hollywood night club. Here he slices his birthday cake with (left to right) Louis B. Mayer, studio head; Mrs. Nell Pankey, his mother, and Miss Ava Gardner, Hollywood, California, Sept. 23, 1941.
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Film actor Mickey Rooney celebrates his 21st birthday at a party in a Hollywood night club. Here he slices his birthday cake with (left to right) Louis B. Mayer, studio head; Mrs. Nell Pankey, his mother, and Miss Ava Gardner, Hollywood, California, Sept. 23, 1941.

Mickey Rooney, accompanied by Judy Garland and Ann Rutherford, arriving at the theater in an old Jalopy, New York City, August 17, 1941.
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Mickey Rooney, accompanied by Judy Garland and Ann Rutherford, arriving at the theater in an old Jalopy, New York City, August 17, 1941.

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