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The Eight Marriages of Mickey Rooney


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The Eight Marriages of Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney in 1945.

Studio portrait of actor Mickey Rooney, circa 1945.

Photo: Hulton Archive / Getty Images

Mickey Rooney was married eight times. Here are the details of those relationships.

First Marriage - Ava Gardner
Married: 1942
Children: 0
Separated: 1943
Divorced: 1943
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Second Marriage - Betty Jane Rase Baker
Married: 1944
Children: 2
Separated: 1947.
Divorced: 1949
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Third Marriage - Martha Vickers
Married: 1949
Children: 1
Divorce: 1952
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Fourth Marriage - Elaine Mahnken Devry
Married: 1952
Children: 0
Separated: 1957
Divorce: 1958
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Fifth Marriage - Barbara Ann Thomason
Married: 1958
Children: 4
Separated : 1965.
Divorce Filed: 1966.
Marriage Ended: 1966, her death
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Sixth Marriage - Margaret Lane
Married: 1966
Children: 0
Divorce: 1967
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Seventh Marriage - Carolyn Hockett
Married: 1969
Children: 2
Divorce: 1975
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Eighth Marriage - Jan Chamberlin
Married: 1978
Children: 0
Separated: 2013
Marriage Ended: 2014, Mickey's death.

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Mickey Rooney Information:

Mickey Rooney aka Joseph Ninian Yule Jr: September 23, 1920 in Brooklyn, New York. Name Source: Mickey Rooney. I.E.: An Autobiography 1965. pg. 13.

At the age of 93, Mickey Rooney died on April 6, 2014 at his home in Westlake Village, California. 

Mickey had nine children.

Mickey: Actor, comedian, producer, author. He was in military service for 21 months in 1944 to entertain the troops in WWII,

Quotes About Mickey Rooney's Marriages:

Mickey: “My partners weren’t what we call in horse racing parlance routers,” he told People Magazine in 1993. “They were sprinters. They went out of the gate, but then they stopped. They couldn’t go the distance.”
Source: Dan Good. "Legendary Actor Mickey Rooney Dead at 93." ABCNews.go.com. 4/07/2014. 

Mickey: "Always get married early in the morning. That way, if it doesn't work out you haven't wasted a whole day."
Source: MickeyRooney.com.

Mickey: "My heart has been broken so many times, it has cauliflower valves."
Source: Mickey Rooney. Life is Too Short. 1992. pg. 262.

Vernon Scott: "Mickey Rooney is a modern day Columbus sailing the uncharted sea of matrimony with an abandon that makes old Chris look like a stay-at-home."
Source: Vernon Scott. "Mickey Rooney: He Searches for True Love." The Albuquerque Tribune. Albuquerque, New Mexico. 6/4/1969. pg. E-7.

Mickey: "Marriage satisfies the need and quells the fear. I am more naturally inclined to marry than most. I seem to need a wife more."
Source: Mickey Rooney. I.E.: An Autobiography. 1965.  pg. 200.


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