Mickey Rooney Dead: Hollywood Pays Tribute to the Legend
Mickey Rooney died Sunday at age 93, his former manager Kevin Pawley confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter, and Hollywood is mourning the death of the acting legend.
TMZ was first to report that Rooney, who had been "in ill health for quite some time," had died Sunday.
Following reports of his death, many in the industry hit Twitter or released statements paying their respects to the actor, whose career stretched across 10 decades.
Liza Minnelli: "Mickey was somebody that everybody loved, but to me he was part of the family. He was one of a kind, and will be admired and respected always."
Rose Marie: "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."
Carol Channing: "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."
Rip Taylor: "Mickey was such a friend and pro, that he even gave 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."
Margaret O'Brien: "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 couldn't 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. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde -- I simply can't believe it. He seemed fine through the filming and was as great as ever."
Had the honor of shooting w MickeyRooney on NATM3 just last month. A legend, obviously, but something more: grateful, gracious,vital &warm.— Shawn Levy (@ShawnLevyDirect) April 7, 2014
The legendary Mickey Rooney is dead at 93. Interviewed him many years ago. He was a hoot.— Richard Roeper (@richardroeper) April 7, 2014
RIP Mickey Rooney - a true Hollywood legend.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 7, 2014
Just heard about Mickey Rooney's passing..legend and friend.will share pics and video tom for sure.— maria menounos (@mariamenounos) April 7, 2014
"I buy women shoes and they use them to walk away from me." RIP Mickey Rooney. A Hollywood legend.— Nina Garcia (@ninagarcia) April 7, 2014
Seems we've just lost Mickey Rooney at age 93. Not only an actor, but a legend. Sad to think of him gone. But... http://t.co/g33OlNgDYL— Anne Rice (@AnneRiceAuthor) April 7, 2014
Mickey Rooney got all the best babes despite being short as hell. #RIP beautiful man— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) April 7, 2014
Mickey Rooney was 93 years old- confirmed he died today. RIP— Robin Leach (@Robin_Leach) April 7, 2014
So sorry to hear about Mickey Rooney's passing...end of an era! #legend— Melina Kanakaredes (@TherealMelinaK) April 7, 2014
RIP Mickey Rooney. We can only be awed and grateful for so many great performances. Here he is tap-dancing at 12 http://t.co/nXKqNYypbp v— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) April 7, 2014
A legend has passed. Rest in peace, Mickey Rooney.— Elijah Wood (@woodelijah) April 7, 2014
"you always pass failure on your way to success" - mickey rooney #ripmickey— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) April 7, 2014
very sad.. RIP Mickey Rooney. Aaron and I used to pretend to be Mickey & Judy all the time when we were younger. hollywood royalty. we <3 U.— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) April 7, 2014
RIP Mickey Rooney. A hell of an entertainer but forever to me the crazy dad in Pete's Dragon. #legend— Josh Gad (@joshgad) April 7, 2014
Oh man, RIP Mickey Rooney.— David Katzenberg (@DavidKatzenberg) April 7, 2014
R.I.P. Mickey Rooney. Take down the Hollywood sign.— Joshua Malina (@JoshMalina) April 7, 2014
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Mickey Rooney. One of the greats!— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) April 7, 2014