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Mickey Rooney Dies at 93

Mickey Rooney, the supercharged child vaudevillian who grew up to become MGM’s biggest star – despite barely standing over 5 feet tall – has died at the age of 93.

Rooney, who had been in ill health for quite some time, passed away on Sunday, TMZ reports.

A genuine showbiz legend whose career, like his personal life, was often likened to a roller-coaster, Rooney was multi-talented, eight-times married and many times written off, only to land back on his feet again and again. And while many of his personal tales were fanciful – Mickey Mouse was not named after him, despite his claim – movie fans adored Rooney and respected filmmakers idolized his sizeable gifts, which were sometimes likened to genius.

Literally born in a trunk – in Brooklyn – Rooney, born Joe Yule Jr., was a toddler in his parents’ stage act before making his screen debut, playing a little person, when he was 6. After his parents’ marriage broke up, his mother took him to Hollywood and got him cast in the role of Mickey McGuire in a series of 78 short films that led to his being signed to MGM at age 14.

At 17, he first played Andy Hardy, the all-American boy next door, in what would ultimately become a 15-movie series. These family dramas, mostly about Andy’s dating problems, became so popular that Rooney was propelled to the top of the national box-office chart. He was also frequently paired with the studio’s singing powerhouse Judy Garland, and the two were not only America’s sweethearts – and the screen’s first teen idols – but beloved by MGM’s financiers.

Eight Marriages

Offscreen, Rooney was already far from being the boy next door. Speaking to PEOPLE in 1993, the star discussed his many wives, from his 1942 marriage with Hollywood’s long-reigning sex symbol Ava Gardner, to his eighth and final one, to singer-songwriter Jan Chamberlin, whom he wed in 1978. In the process, he had nine children, two stepchildren and four grandchildren.

Mickey Rooney Dies at 93

Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney, 1940

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“My partners,” he said about his former wives, “weren’t what we call in horse racing parlance routers. They were sprinters; they went out of the gate, but then they stopped. They couldn’t go the distance.”

Gorgeous Gardner, only 19 when they wed, failed to share Rooney’s love of golf and ponies. The marriage ended “abruptly,” said Rooney. “She just told me she wanted a divorce.”

Second wife Betty Jane Rase, Miss Birmingham (Ala.) of 1944, was “totally oblivious to anything going on outside our home.” Rooney recalled. “We just weren’t compatibly compatible.”

Wives No. 4 and No. 5, model Elaine Mahnken and California beauty queen Barbara Ann Thomason, apparently presented similar problems: Rooney admitted to cheating on both. In 1965, Thomason began an affair with actor Milos Milosevic. The two were found dead in a murder-suicide in the Rooneys’ L.A. house in 1966. “I died when she did,” Rooney said. “I am furious at what happened to her.”

He rebounded with a 100-day marriage to Thomason’s close friend Marge Lane. “I think that was her name, anyway,” he said.

“The fact is,” Rooney told PEOPLE, “man was not meant to live alone, nor was woman. That’s why I persisted and finally found Jan.”

And though Chamberlain had her hands full with Rooney, he said the marriage worked because she let him think he was the boss – though in 2011, when her husband testified before Congress about elder abuse in this country, Jan Rooney said Mickey was not an abused elder, as he claimed.

A Special Oscar

When the studio system collapsed after World War II, Rooney still managed to land star roles, although by the mid-’50s, following a stab he took at TV, these dwindled to character parts.

Mickey Rooney Dies at 93

Mickey Rooney in 1946


Rooney delivered an embarrassing turn as the toothy Asian neighbor of Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) in 1961’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s, though the following year he shined again, this time as a boxing trainer in Requiem for a Heavyweight, with Anthony Quinn and Jackie Gleason. In 1963 there was the blockbuster ensemble comedy It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad Mad World, which helped put Rooney back on the box-office chart, albeit briefly.

After a decade-long career slump, during which he swore off liquor and became a born-again Christian, Rooney received a Best Supporting Actor nomination for 1979’s The Black Stallion – at the same time he was wowing Broadway audiences with the burlesque show Sugar Babies with another MGM veteran, tap-dancer Ann Miller.

In 1981, Rooney won an Emmy for playing a mentally challenged man in the TV movie Bill, and in 1983 the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences awards him a special Oscar, “In recognition of his 50 years of versatility in a variety of memorable film performances.”

Summing up his tumultuous, if colorful, life, Rooney said in his 1991 autobiography Life Is Too Short, “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.”

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Andrew Zimmern on People’s Choice Food Awards

Andrew Zimmern on People’s Choice Food Awards

Chef, author and host of Bizarre FoodsAndrew Zimmern, has “gone bigger” this year with The Munchies: People’s Choice Food Awards. In its third year, the online contest honors 20 categories of the top food experiences America has to offer, and the public has the chance to vote daily through March 31.

Andrew opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about his passion for food and cooking, his 9-year-old son Noah who seems to be walking in dad’s chef footsteps, and his best advice for “time-poor” parents of picky eaters. Continue reading about his fun family foodie game, including food questions and a mason jar.

CBS: This is the 3rd Annual Munchies: People’s Choice Foods Awards. How has it evolved over the past years? What new this year?

AZ: “I’ll tell ya, we’ve just grown and grown and grown in every way possible. We have expanded our footprint of panelists, which is great because the more panelists from around the United States, the more choices we have to present to the consumer, and the better the list they get to vote on.

People can vote through March 31st. We are about three times ahead of where we were last year in terms of participation. And, that’s the whole point — participation.

We have gone bigger this year in terms of showcasing the event. We’ve sponsored a big closing party at the South Beach Food & Wine Festival so we’re really excited.”

CBS: You probably dine out a lot with your family. How did you get your son Noah to try new foods?

AZ: “There’s no such thing as a child that won’t try new foods. Children are not picky by their nature. There’s nothing in, for example, a Minnesotan child’s DNA that says that they won’t eat oily fish jerky. All you have to do is look at communities all around the world from Scandinavia, to Inuit communities, to Asian and South American communities where that’s what kids eat. It is psychological and cultural.

We got to Noah, and I would urge other parents to get to their children, before pop culture or your own biases get to them. That’s really the place I think we have the most work to do as parents. Children take queues from us. They pay attention when foods come to the table and we say, ‘Oh, its gross,’ or we’re not open-minded about.

With Noah, we decided when he was ten months old that we would take him to every restaurant we went to, we would feed him what we ate, we would not do multiple choices for dinners, and we would educate him about food, which included telling him how bad McDonalds was for him. He is an extremely good eater because of that. Our culture and our biases affect our children. We have to stop it.”

CBS: Do you have any advice for families trying to make healthy meal choices on very limited time?

AZ: “Absolutely! Spend a lot of time on – we have a lot of family driven recipes. In my Instagram feed I document a lot of what I’m cooking at home for my family. Everybody is time-poor, including me. I cook once a week — I make three or four meals worth of food. Last week I braised pot roast and I actually doubled the recipe. We had one that night and the other one I reduced the sauce, cooled the meat, and froze it in a zip lock bag. We have a whole other pot roast meal that all I have to do it take it out and defrost it the night before in the refrigerator and just heat it up 25 minutes in a pot with a lid on it and it’s ready to go.

People have to remember that the smaller you cut things, the faster they cook. We did pork chops the other night on the grill. It was warm enough out. I took all of the root vegetables because we’re in that transition season and I didn’t have a lot greens, but I had a lot of rutabagas and potatoes and onions and sweet potatoes. I cut them all really small, made hash out of it in a sauté pan, and it was great side dish. Everybody chomped through it.

The other thing I do with vegetables when I’m cooking on that one day a week, is steam a head of cauliflower or roast a tray of brussels sprouts. I’ll put that stuff in the fridge so I can do other things with them faster when I come home from work.”

CBS: How can parents teach their kids how to have a healthy relationship with food?

AZ: Well, all of the other things I just talked about, but the other thing we did with Noah was I typed out 100 food questions double spaced on my laptop and printed it out. Things like, ‘What’s a healthy sized piece of meat to eat at dinner?,’ and silly questions like, ‘Name your three favorite green vegetables.’ I cut these into strips of paper and put them in a mason jar.

We kept that jar in the middle of the dining room table for two years. Every night Noah would get to ask three questions and we’d go around the table. Some of them were pretty provocative. It was stuff about dangerous foods, about hunger issues in the world, water safety, food-born pathogens, but there was also a lot of fun stuff like, ‘What are your favorite ingredients on pizza?’

Through all of those questions, without us bringing it up, we made it like a game where he brought it up we got the chance to educate him about a lot of food issues.”

CBS: On your show, Bizarre Foods, you’ve raised awareness of cultural delicacies. Was there ever a point when you refused to try a certain dish?

AZ: “Twice out of the tens of thousands of things I’ve eaten in the last twenty years, twice I have refused it. Both times because of food safety issues. It was food that was so far gone and I didn’t’ know where it had come from and it was too goofy even for me. I knew I would get so and so I passed.”

CBS: How do you decide what foods to introduce to your audience?

AZ: “I don’t have a hoot about the food in my show. My show, to me, is not about food. My show is about telling stories of people and about their culture and I use food as a lens to do that. We actually go after communities and cultures and people and tell stories about them, and then what they are eating is sort of an explanation point at the end of a sentence.”

CBS: What’s Noah up to these days?

AZ: “School, a lot of swimming, which he loves, rock climbing, biking. He’s a very active kid.”

CBS: Do you think he’ll follow your footstep and become a chef?

AZ: “Yeah, he loves to cook. He’s really in to it. He loves food, he’s getting more and more into the fact I do what I do for a living, so who knows?”

CBS: How do you balance travel and family?

AZ: “I don’t. It’s a huge struggle for me. I’m trying to spend more and more time at home with my loved ones.”

CBS: Noah must miss you a lot when you’re on the road. How do you handle being away so much?

AZ: “Well, I don’t know how I handle it. I handle it poorly is how I handle it. I miss my wife and son a lot. I don’t know if I could even be able to do what I do if it wasn’t for things like Skype and Facetime and all of the rest of that.

I was in Palenque three hours outside of Cartagena, Colombia in a tiny little village in the middle of the jungle. I looked at my phone and I had full bars. I decided to try my Facetime, and Noah picked up and I got to walk around and show him kids living in a small village in the middle of the jungle in Colombia, South America. It was thrilling, so I get to bring him with me and I get to show him where daddy’s working and that’s a lot of fun.”

CBS: What is your favorite thing about being a dad?

AZ: “My favorite thing about being a dad is just having someone in my life that no matter how much I screw up still loves me. That’s really cool.”

CBS: What other projects are you working on?

AZ: Oh gosh, new seasons of Bizarre Foods, new shows, and we’re really focusing a lot on – one of the most vibrant websites in the food business that’s growing by leaps and bounds. Our podcast Go Fork Yourself is doing really really well. I’m just trying to keep all the balls up in the air and going.”

Andrew Zimmern on People’s Choice Food Awards
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Miley Cyrus: ‘I’m Associated With Sexuality’

Miley Cyrus: ‘I’m Associated With Sexuality’

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Miley Cyrus: ‘I’m Associated With Sexuality’MILEY Cyrus likes taking her clothes off.

The singer stripped down for the March 2014 cover of W magazine and its racy accompanying spread — and she liked it.

“I like that I’m associated with sexuality and the kind of punk-rock sh– where we just don’t care,” the 21-year-old said.

“I just don’t get what girls are wearing, everyone to me seems like Vanna White.

“I’m trying to tell girls, like, ‘F— that. You don’t have to wear makeup. You don’t have to have long blonde hair and big t-tties. That’s not what it’s about. It’s, like, personal style,’” the latest face of Marc Jacobs’ spring ad campaign told Farrow.

Miley also addressed recent accusations of her exploiting her minority backup dancers in the interview.

“I don’t give a sh–,” she responded. ”

I’m not Disney, where they have, like, an Asian girl, a black girl, and a white girl, to be politically correct, and, like, everyone has bright colored T-shirt.

“You know, it’s like, I’m not making any kind of statement. Anyone that hates on you is below you, because they’re just jealous of what you have.”

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Miley Cyrus: ‘I’m Associated With Sexuality’
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Selena Gomez Canceled Tour Because of Justin Bieber

Selena Gomez Canceled Tour Because of Justin Bieber

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Selena Gomez Canceled Tour Because of Justin BieberSELENA Gomez apparently canceled the Asian and Australian legs of her Stars Dance concert tour because she’s been struggling since her breakup with Justin Bieber.

A source close to the star says Gomez will be relying heavily on her family and closest friends during this time.

“Dealing with her breakup from Justin has still been affecting her and she’s been in a bit of a bad place recently,” the insider revealed.

“Her family stepped in and basically advised her to either go to therapy or stay with them so they could watch over her. Her team agreed that family time would be best.”

Gomez was slated to kick off a 13-concert tour leg on Feb. 1 in Perth, Australia, but issued a statement on Dec. 20 announcing she was canceling it.

“My fans are so important to me and I would never want to disappoint them,” the statement said.

“But it has become clear to me and those close to me that after many years of putting my work first, I need to spend some time on myself in order to be the best person I can be. To my fans, I sincerely apologize and I hope you guys know how much each and every one of you mean to me.”

“Selena has plans to hang out a lot in the coming weeks with close friends like Taylor Swift,” the source said.

“Taylor has been a really good support system for Selena in recent weeks.”

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Selena Gomez Canceled Tour Because of Justin Bieber
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