“If one critic says I over-act, and 15,000 fans say it’s okay, I’m gonna study Andy Hardy again so I can keep on muggin’.” – Mickey Rooney
Source: Robbin Coons (1938)
“How’d I get in pictures? Well, I won a contest for a tough kid. They picked me out as the toughest, but I’m really not so tough.” — Mickey Rooney
On the set with Judy Garland and George Seitz in 1940.
“Why couldn’t he be tall, dark and handsome like Clark Gable?” — Ava Gardner on her first husband Mickey Rooney.
Photo: Josesh Jasgur (1942). Rooney, Gardner are at Ciro’s Restaurant along with Ann Harris.
Andy Hardy’s Double Life (1942). With Esther Williams and Lewis Stone.
With Clark Gable.
“Had I been brighter, the ladies been gentler, the Scotch weaker, the gods kinder, the dice hotter – it might have all ended up in a one-sentence story.” — Mickey Rooney