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The Eight Marriages of Mickey Rooney

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Mickey Rooney's Eighth Wife -- Jan Chamberlin (1978-2014)
Mickey Rooney and Jan Rooney

Actress Jan Rooney and husband actor Mickey Rooney arrive at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards held at Kodak Theatre on March 7, 2010 in Hollywood, California.

Photo: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

 Born: 
Janice Darlene Chamberlin aka Jan Chamberlain: November 23, 1939 in Los Angeles, California. There's an 18-year difference between their ages.

How Mickey and Jan Met:
Jan and Mickey met in 1974 at a party that she attended with Mickey's son, Michael. 

Wedding Date:
July 28, 1978.

Occupations:
Jan: Singer, music teacher.

Residence:
Los Angeles, California.

Separation:  
Mickey and Jan separated in May 2013.

Previous Marriages: 
Jan was previously married to Lynn Aber.  They divorced after eight years of marriage. Mickey filed charges of elder abuse against Jan's son, Christopher Aber. In 2013 the suit against his stepson was settled for $2.8 million owed to Mickey by the Abers.

 

Quotes About the Marriage of Jan Chamberlin and Mickey Rooney:

Mickey: "I felt trapped, scared, used and frustrated," testified Rooney, who also said he and his (ninth) wife Jan were made to go hungry, he had medicine withheld from him and that his Oscar was even sold off. "But above all, when a man feels helpless, it's terrible," said the screen legend."
Source: Stephen M. Silverman. "Mickey Rooney: Elder Abuse Made Me Feel Trapped." People.com. 3/3/2011.

Jan: "He treats me extremely hard and I rebel. I don't think any of his other wives ever rebelled except Ava Gardner. My heart goes out to him, though. Being married to Mickey is like a game of chess. I'm not sure who will win. It'll probably be a stalemate."
Source: Laura Stevenson. "Mickey Rooney's Latest, Singer Jan Chamberlin, Hopes That with Wives, Eight is Enough."  People.com. 5/14/1979.

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