Mickey Rooney got around. The actor was not only married eight times in his 93 years, he engaged in extra-marital affairs as well. One such affair was with Elizabeth Taylor when she was just 14 years old.
A new book about Mickey, aptly titled The Life and Times of Mickey Rooney by Richard A. Lertzman and William J. Birnes will be released on October 20th. It details a report that Pam McClenathan, a friend and caregiver of Mickey Rooney's second wife, Betty Jane, shared.
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“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," she told Lertzman and Birnes.
Mickey Rooney and Elizabeth Taylor starred in National Velvet at the time. McClenathan went on to tell the authors that Betty Jane later “got a top attorney and big settlement, but [she] really was not happy after that. She wanted a faithful husband.”
Betty Jane Rooney was a backup singer for music greats including Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, and Sam Cooke. Following her divorce from Mickey Rooney, she wed composer Buddy Baker.
When Mickey Rooney died last year he said of Betty Jane, “We just weren’t compatibly compatible.”
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A rep for the late actor claims to have no knowledge of his affair with Elizabeth Taylor. It's uncertain if reps for the late Taylor were contacted regarding the matter.
National Velvet set Elizabeth Taylor on a one-way track to stardom. Who knew what she may have actually paid as a price to become such a star?