The Sordid Love Life of Mickey Rooney
Diminutive actor Mickey Rooney enjoyed a long career in show business that started when he was just 17 months old and continued until 2014 when, at the age of 93, he reprised his role of Gus in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, which wrapped up filming about six weeks prior to his death. But this article is not going to discuss his acting accolades. Instead, it will focus on his off-screen antics. More specifically, his love life.
Mickey Rooney was a typical Hollywood womanizer. In these colorized photographs, we will look at the salacious love affairs, eight marriages, and tragic love stories of Mickey Rooney.
A Baby-Faced Ladies Man
Mickey Rooney stood only 5-foot, 2-inches tall, and had a round, youthful face. That landed him many roles as a typical American teenager even when he was in his twenties. Off set, it seemed as though Rooney’s teenage hormones were in overdrive. He was girl crazy from a young age.
Not just girl crazy … Rooney was woman crazy, too. When he was just 18 years old and working on the 1938 film, Marie Antoinette, he had a romantic fling with one of his co-stars. Norma Shearer was twice Rooney’s age and, as a recent widow, she was both experienced and lonely. The public learned about the affair, and it was quite the Hollywood scandal at the time. Louis B. Mayer, the head of MGM, confronted Rooney about the situation. According to stories, Mayer lifted Rooney by the lapels and shouted at him, “I don’t care what you do in private. Just don’t do it in public!” Of course, Rooney didn’t listen.