Carol Channing, Cher, Stephanie J. Block & More React to Passing of Mickey Rooney
As BWW reported yesterday, Mickey Rooney, who spent nearly his entire life in the show business, died today at 93, after being in ill health for quite some time. He appeared on Broadway in Sugar Babies (opposite fellow MGM legend Ann Miller) and The Will Rogers Follies.
Today, stars of stage and screen reacted to the passing of the stage and screen legend:
"Showbiz has just lost one of the great talents that our industry has ever had. We were very good friends. I shall miss him and the WORLD will miss him" - Rose Marie
"I loved working with Mickey on 'Sugar Babies.' He was very professional, his stories were priceless and I love them all ... each and every one. We laughed all the time." - Carol Channing
"Mickey was such a friend and pro, that he even helped my by giving me advice, when I replaced him in "Sugar Babies"... As if it could ever be possible to replace Mickey. It was the treat of my life, to receive tips from the great Mickey Rooney." - Rip Taylor
Lena Dunham: Mickey Rooney got all the best babes despite being short as hell. #RIP beautiful man
Cher: I loved The old MICKEY & JUDY MOVIES
Piers Morgan: "Always get married in the morning. That way if it doesn't work out, you haven't wasted the whole day." Mickey Rooney, who died today. RIP.
William Shatner: My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Mickey Rooney. One of the greats!
Amber Patrice Riley: RIP Mickey Rooney
Billy Eichner: Mickey Rooney died. Thanks a lot, GAME OF THRONES.
Maria Menounos: Just heard about Mickey Rooney's passing..legend and friend.will share pics and video tom for sure.
Stephanie J. Block: The one and only ... #Hollywoodroyalty
Brett Ratner: G-d Bless Mickey Rooney!
"Mickey was the only one at the studio that was ever allowed to call me Maggie. He was undoubtedly the most talented actor that ever lived. There was nothing he couldnt do. Singing, dancing, performing ... all with great expertise. Mickey made it look so easy. I was currently doing a film with him, "The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr Hyde" - I simply cant believe it. He seemed fine through the filming and was as great as ever. - Margaret O'Brien
"Last year during my husband's centennial celebration, Mickey Rooney made one of his last public appearances at the 50th Anniversary screening of Stanley's film which he starred in, It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad WORLD at the Cinerama Dome on October 27, 2013 in Hollywood. I've never seen him happier. It was obvious he was content and being well cared for by his son Mark Rooney and his wife Charlene. Mickey was enthusiastic about life, like a young Andy Hardy. May he rest in peace. His legacy in show business will live on forever." - Karen Sharpe Kramer, the wife of the late legendary filmmaker Stanley Kramer
About Mickey Rooney:
A four-time Oscar-nominee for Babes in Arms, The Human Comedy, The Bold and the Brave and The Black Stallion (as well as the winner of a 1939 Academy Juvenile Award), Rooney was American's biggest box office attraction at one point in the late 1930s. Brash, charming and exuberant, he was acclaimed for his skills as an actor as well as a song and dance man. With Garland, he starred in such films as Babes in Arms, Strike Up the Band, Girl Crazy and Babes on Broadway. He also played the title role in the Andy Hardy films. Rooney, who has appeared in literally hundreds of films and TV shows, has also appeared on screen in Boys Town, Young Tom Edison, Words and Music, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Requiem for a Heavyweight and Babe: Pig in the City, among many others.