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Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney dies at 93

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Mickey Rooney and Mitzi Gaynor arrive at The Actors Fund 17th Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party held at Taglyan Cultural Complex on June 9, 2013 in Hollywood, California. Araya Diaz/Getty Images

Hollywood is mourning the loss of one of its most prolific performers. Academy Award-winning actor Mickey Rooney died last night at his North Hollywood home. He was 93 years old.

Laurence Olivier once called him, "The greatest actor of them all." Rooney was known for his high-energy performances. and became famous for his roles in the Andy Hardy movies, "Boys Town" and "The Human Comedy."

His life off-screen garnered a lot of attention too. He was married eight times during his lifetime and became a spokesperson against elder abuse. For more on Mickey Rooney's career, we're joined by Jeanine Basinger, chairman of the film studies department at Wesleyan University.


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