Celebrated actor Mickey Rooney died yesterday of natural causes in Los Angeles at the age of 93. Mickey’s career spanned decades.
For those of us that love horses Mickey gave us “special memories” that will be treasured for generations to come.
National Velvet: Stars Mickey Rooney and Elizabeth Taylor. “A jaded former jockey helps a young girl prepare a wild but gifted horse for England’s Grand National Sweepstakes.”
“I don’t like people,” said Velvet (played by Elizabeth Taylor). “… I only like horses.” After the film was over arrangements were made for her to keep the horse.
On of the memorable lines by Mickey, “Some day you’ll learn that greatness is only the seizing of opportunity — clutching with your bare hands ’til the knuckles show white.”
The Back Stallion: Stars Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney and Teri Garr. While traveling with his father, young Alec becomes fascinated by a mysterious Arabian stallion that is brought on board and stabled in the ship he is sailing on. When it tragically sinks both he and the horse survive only to be stranded on a deserted island. He befriends it, so when finally rescued both return to his home where they soon meet Henry Dailey, a once successful trainer. Together they begin training the horse to race against the fastest ones in the world. ` anonymous
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Stablemates (1938) – MGM Rides Seabiscuit to Hit with Beery and Rooney “We took six weeks to shoot Stablemates, and I never had so much fun making a movie. I guess it showed because the box office was sensational (the picture grossed more than three times its cost) and so were the reviews.” From Life is Too Short by Mickey Rooney, page 130.
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From a horse lover… thanks for the memories Mickey.