Mickey Rooney and Elizabeth Taylor… Ooh la la! 110



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Gosh Hollywood was a small place back in the 50s and this latest tale to emerge about the late Mickey Rooney and Elizabeth Taylor is a surefire sign.

A new biography just released alleges that Mickey Rooney was caught by his then wife having an affair with a 14 year old Elizabeth Taylor.  Betty Jane, his wife apparently found him up to no good and it destroyed their marriage in a story never before told.

Mickey’s second wife Betty Jane, who was a backup singer for Elvis and Sinatra, revealed the reason for their split in the book  “The Life and Times of Mickey Rooney,” out Oct. 20 from Gallery Books.   She spoke to authors Richard A. Lertzman and William J. Birnes, “Betty Jane . . . told me she went to visit Mickey at [an LA film studio] around June 1946. She had [the couple’s first son] Mickey Jr. in tow and was pregnant with [second son] Timmy . . . When she opened the door to the dressing room, Elizabeth Taylor was on her knees giving Mickey a b - - w job.”

McClenathan said Taylor — who starred with Rooney in the 1944 classic “National Velvet” — was just 14 at the time. Rooney was in his mid-20s. “After that, all hell broke loose,” McClenathan told the authors, recalling that Betty Jane later “got a top attorney and big settlement, but [she] really was not happy after that. She wanted a faithful husband.”

The story was broken by online publication Page Six.

Do you remember National Velvet and the era well?  Does this rumour surprise you?

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  1. No it doesn’t surprise me, Hollywood Stars have a standard all of their own. Many die from drug and alchohol abuse. But those days if it had come out it would be shocking and ruined the careers of both.

  2. If the story is a “rumour” as mentioned, then why is it posted on this site? I, for one, am well past being enthralled, like some mindless 20yr, over the “rumours”, gossip, looks, etc etc of “stars”. I do remember National Velvet: but I don’t care too hoots about what might or might not have happened on set. Both Rooney and Taylor are dead and are incapable of confirming or denying. Ex-spouses are an unreliable source and one wonders why the silence is broken some 60 odd years later.

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  3. Interesting how the 2 people supposedly involved are now deceased and are not here to defend themselves.

  4. From what I read from the other wesite this may just be hearsay, it was told to the woman caring for Rooney’s ex wife before she died. Mabey she did tell her that or maybe not but Rooney is dead and it can’t be confirmed

  5. after reading the comments here I went and had a look at the other website and after reading that I think it is probably a fantasy.

  6. Everyone concerned is dead, so can’t defend themselves. That said, Mickey was an adult at the time this was alleged to have happened, and it was already his second marriage, he proved to be a serial adulterer, that was no secret. But this is just muck-raking.

  7. Who really cares about this? In any case Elizabeth Taylor, young or not, was a beauty; Micky Rooney was no oil painting. I think this is just to make sales nothing else. After all oil and water just don’t mix.

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    • He was a cute kid though! And it was when they were kids. Kids experiment! And it didn’t start with later generations. What’s the big deal?

    • He was married with one child and a pregnant wife so he was hardly a kid – but not much point dragging it all up now really!

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