Mickey Rooney; A Child Star Forever Remembered

Mickey_Rooney_stillThis week the Old Hollywood fandom are in mourning once again. On Monday Mickey Rooney died aged 93. Only at the beginning of the year did we lose Shirley Temple, another child star of the Old Hollywood era. This is obviously a hazard that comes with being fans of old things, we’re bound to see lots of death and have to mourn the actors we treasure.

Mickey Rooney had lived a very long life compared to some of those he acted with. He had a career spanning 9 decades, married 8 times and lived life to the full in every way. I suppose we don’t really need to tell you much about Rooney. Everyone knows he was a very successful child star who had many comebacks in adulthood. Laurence Olivier once referred to him as “the greatest film actor America ever produced.” Those words mean everything coming from Olivier.

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Rooney & his first wife Ava Gardner

His most famous role was as Andy Hardy in A Family Affair which gained that much success 15 more films were released off the back of it. Rooney also found fame when partnered with another child star, Judy Garland. In some clips at the beginning of their partnership you can easily see how comfortable Rooney is in performing next to Garland who still seems a bit nervous. Rooney was from a vaudeville family so had been on stage from very early on.

 

Go look at his filmography and I’m sure you’ll be surprised in all the films he’s been in. Without a doubt you’ve seen at least one of  the 300+ films he’s starred in.

Here’s Mickey and Judy singing Our Love Affair from 1940’s Strike Up The Band.

He’ll be missed but he’s made a big mark on Hollywood that will go on forever



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Rooney has Mr Yunioshi in 1961’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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Rooney with 11 year old Elizabeth Taylor (her film debut) and Butch Jenkins in National Velvet (1944)

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Rooney with Dick Van Dyke & Bill Cobbs in Night At The Museum (2006)

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Angela Lansbury, Happy Birthday!

One of the, “Should be,” Queens of England (She has a CBE, so, we could be getting there), she was born in England and moved to America where the start of her mind blowing career started.

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It’s this amazing lady’s 88th birthday. Now most of you should recognise at least one piece of her work, her career has span over 7 decades. She’s still alive and looking fantastic so, I’m sure- unless I’ve missed the memo of retirement- there could be more to come.

Mrs Potts in Beauty and the Beast?

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Miss Price in Bedknobs and Broomsticks?

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Aunt Adelaide in Nanny McPhee?

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Growing up you must have watched one of these movies, definitely heard the iconic Beauty and the Beast song Tale as old as time (The normal version- do not mention the Kate Price version)

It’s not just kids who are effected by her acting and voice over work. Some of my favourite work she has done, involves her in a TV series which lasted 10 years- And I’ve tried to watch all the episodes and movies, unfortunately I can’t make any promises as this was when they aired repeats on TV and I have a download limit so it’s not exactly possible to download them all as it’s one of America’s longest running detective drama series (12 seasons over 200 episodes)-

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Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote.

Honestly, I break out into a smile every time I hear the name of this series. It’s 90’s Murder style (well it was filmed in the 80’s/90’s), today it could be vaguely related to the TV series Castle, Jessica Fletcher is an author who gets involved in a murder case where ever she seems to go. There’s hardly any forensic science and the police in this case comes in the form of- in most episodes- a sheriff. The series follows Jessica around as she goes visiting family or just stays in her home town of Cabot Cove, Maine.

Angela Lansbury’s acting as Jessica Fletcher, brings about a case of no one else would have been able to portray that character as perfectly as that, she brings about humour and drama to the series but also their are cases where you can actually relate to the character. She may solve, “Whodunnit,” Crimes in this series but really you want to be asking the Murder, She Wrote crew, “Whodunnit?” To pat whoever suggested Angela Lansbury should play this role on the back.

I hope Angela Lansbury is one of these actresses that is remembered forever, I know, for me personally, she is one of my favourites. Which, means in my house when The Harvey Girls is put on the TV, I’m glued to the screen and will fight anyone who talks as that movie stars both Angela Lansbury and Judy Garland. The number of people Angela Lansbury has starred with, is enough to get any old movie fanatic jealous as she has even starred with dancing Actor Gene Kelly in The Three Musketeers (1948), A.K.A The Movie that makes Natalie cry, but then any movie which Gene looks heart broken and cries, she will cry. Angela Lansbury must know about her brilliance due to the amount of fans she has plus the amount of awards she has received for her work.

Happy Birthday Angela Lansbury! We Love you!

Celebrate Gene Kelly’s Birthday with us!

tumblr_mrww0eX4Ro1rn55g9o5_250Today, the 23rd August, is a special day. Mr Gene Kelly would have been 101 today! We realise that there’s not much we can tell you that you don’t already know. Singer. Dancer. Director. Actor. All round good guy. Friend to the stars. So what can we do to make his birthday special? Well I scoured my DVD collection, flicked determinedly through all my relevant books and decided to tell you about my top 5 Gene Kelly Musical Dancey moments. Continue reading

Happy Birthday Judy Garland!

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Judy Garland A.K.A  Frances Ethel Gumm was born today in 1922.

Judy starred in a lot of films from a young age, but is probably mostly known for playing Dorothy in The Wizard Of Oz when shewas around 16. However, go back to when these movies were first released, Judy was known almost by everyone as one of the best/most natural performers of her time. She still probably is one of the best performers of all time. if Fred Astaire described her as, “The Greatest Entertainer who lived,” Then it shows even in a famous Hollywood actor’s eyes, Judy’s abilities to capture audiences was above amazing.

If you watch Judy perform in any of her films such as, Meet me in St Louis, Easter Parade, The Pirate. You can see how much acting and musicals have changed since the amazing era of the 1940s/1950’s. I’m not dissing today’s movies/acting abilities but back in Judy’s era the acting seemed more natural, there was less technology to factor into movies, no one was CGIed, everyone gave their best performance as film wasn’t something that could be rewrote as easy as today.

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Although she was a fantastic and incredible looking woman, Judy still struggled with image issues never truly believing she was beautiful. She might not have believed it but Garland fans would agree that on 10th of June 1922 a gorgeous star was born who rewrote acting and singing standards forever.

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To finish this post off. One of my favourite Quotes said my Judy- “Someday he’ll swoop down like a chickenhawk and carry me away.” And the awesome video that involves that quote… It also involves Gene Kelly :3

Bless Yore Beautiful Hide Howard Keel.

Today I’m having a Howard Keel party. It is his birthday so I thought why not? Day off work, good films to watch, a sexy man on the screen and some great songs to sing along to. You want to … Continue reading

The Christmas List… With a Twist

Ok, This is a Christmas list of things you probably want… but you can’t have, either because it doesn’t exist yet or it is really expensive or it is extremely unlikely- near impossible to get. Anyone has anything else you think should be on this list, this is just a list off the top of my head, comment below!

1. 250px-Transporter2A Transporter/Teleport- I grew up with every series of Star Trek (Andsecretly loved it… or possibly not as secret as I thought) But those long walks to University, School or Work (I rarely worked outside of the house so thinking this on the way to work hardly happened). But I just want to be able to say, “Beam me up Scotty.” Or “Cat to-Where ever I want to go-” And be there. Yes I know weight problems are an issue today but think about the pollution cut down! Also you can just teleport to a gym!

2. Any FULLY WORKING Gadget from Doctor Who- Doctor Who, Another thing I grew up with and I am obsessed with. I have sonic-screwdriverthe 11th/Matt Smith Sonic Screw Driver, although it is a bit difficult to put new batteries in, IT IS TOTALLY WORTH IT! If only it
unlocked things… Unless I’m missing something and every lock on Earth is Deadlock sealed. Also I really want a TARDIS… or    just to see one of the real ones to hug it 🙂 I will also hug a Dalek too. I could really do with some real psychic paper too…

3. A Time Machine- This is for if the TARDIS is really not possible. For those who don’t know the difference *Puts Geek hat on* The TARDIS can travel in time and space. A time machine if you take the movie “Time Machine,” Seriously, the time machine won’t actually move… It mentions it on an episode of The Big Bang Theory, so if your not up for watching and trying to understand the movie, I recommend (UK fans only, sorry others) HMV are currently selling The Big Bang Theory box set seasons 1-5 for £30

4. An evening/dinner with a celebrity of your choice, dead or alive. Dead it is extremely unlikely, unless you are or know a good necromancer… If you do… I’m sort of interested actually if anyone does… Give us a message if you are or know a proper one. Back to the topic- Natalie wants dinner with Clark Gable- the handsome actor who plays the character Rhett Butler, in Gone With The Wind, if you have 4 hours to spare… We all know there is normally plenty of time on Boxing Day when you are suffering with the stomach ache of someone cooking too much on Christmas day, I suggest watching Gone With The Wind. Like Natalie you might get some satisfaction of Clark Gable saying, “Frankly My Dear I Don’t Give A Damn.” My Choices for going out to dinner with a celebrity would be… Judy Garland, If you have watched one of her movies, which also star Gene Kelly *Fan scream*, The Pirate you will understand this. I’m one  of her Chicken-Hawks! Seen as though it is Christmas another movie to put on your list- Meet Me In St. Louis (I will be writing a review on that nearer Christmas). Also living Stars I would go to dinner with- Ben Barnes ^.^ . Robert Pattinson, right before some of you groan. I sort of feel sorry for him, I know celebrities sign up for all that what comes with fame, but from what I’ve seen of Twilight fans they seem… really serious. I’m touching the subjects of any celebrities personal business/gossip, in the end that’s their business, I still believe they are normal people, just with a good talent. My main reason for wanting to meet Robert Pattinson is because- Hufflepuff business- I want to give him a potato.

5. A trip to space- Ok this is only possible if you are either 1. Seriously rich or 2. Best Buds with Richard Branson.

6. A Trip to Narnia- If someone asks me what I’m doing and I’m not doing anything really interesting I normally reply, “I’m looking for Narnia.” Who wouldn’t want to go there? Yes Narnia was the series of films that introduced me to Ben Barnes.

7. Kim Possible box set- I’ve only just found out Disney have never done this! Seriously? People would rather let their kids rewatch Hannah Montana? Proper role model people! Teach girls how to kick butt! Then us girls can earn more respect!

8. Part in a film of your choice- Natalie’s suggestion this one, she want’s a small part in the Original Nosferatu, I think I’d join her. Unless there was an option to be in the Vampire Kisses (by Ellen Schreiber) movie if it ever get’s made. If you ever read the Vampire Kisses series, you’ll have to fight me to get Alexander. Also I wouldn’t mind a part in any of the X-Men films or a part in Singin’ in the Rain.

9. That Microwave on Fifth Element- If you haven’t watched that movie yet…

10. To get through Christmas without spending a penny- This is impossible unless you live on a deserted island or you’re parent/guardians/career still deem you to be an age where you shouldn’t start buying your own presents/cards for people.

If you are after some presents you can get in the real world, Natalie has done a review on somethings you can get.20060811022455!Satsuma

Or there is always the option of a lump of coal or a satsuma

To be honest, I actually could do with a brick for Christmas this year to attach to some of my art supplies… It’s hard to loose a brick and I would paint it a pretty colour.

Merry Christmas!

Hollywood Costume Exhibition @ V&A Museum, London

N.B. Quite uncanny but I’m watching Wizard of Oz while writing this. This year sees, in my eyes, an exhibition that has been a long time coming. The V&A have managed to get hold of some of the most memorable … Continue reading