In nearly thirty years of interviewing celebrities and big names, I didn’t often get very Starstruck, but this day I did.
It’s hard to overstate how big a star Mickey Rooney was. For decades, he was one of the most recognizable names and faces in all of Hollywood. If you’ve ever watched one of his movies on one of the classic movie networks, you know his Andy Hardy series, and all those hey kids, let’s put on a show movies with Judy Garland.
To the general public, Mickey was known primarily for two things: his height, he was only five foot three, and his marriages, of which there were many.
So when he published his Memoirs in 1994, I jumped at the chance to interview him.
But as you’re about to hear, Mickey wanted to talk about not just the book he was there to promote, but all his other books. I think he was a frustrated author at heart.
Anyway, here now, from 1994, the great Mickey Rooney.
Had he lived, Mickey Rooney would ha veeb 100 today. He died in 2014, at the age of 93.
Irish-born redhead Maureen O’Hara knew from an early age she wanted to act. After years of training, she was finally “discovered,” if you will, as ayoung woman by Charles Laughton, considered one of thye world’s finest actors.
Her first movie came in 1938, and it launched an award-winning career that spanned decades.
I met her in 2004. She had just written a memoir that included her recollections of working with some of the greatest names in movie history: director John Ford. Her longtime friend and co-star John Wayne. Even John Candy.
And, as you’re about to hear, she was eyewitness to the start of one of Hollywood’s romances.
So here now, from 2004, Maureen O’Hara.
Maureen O’Hara died in 2015. Next Monday, August 17th, would have been her 100th birthday.