Mickey Rooney (21) and Ava Gardner (19) in 1942, shortly after they applied for a marriage licence. Another seven marriages followed for Rooney, who died on Sunday. Photograph: AP

The death of Mickey Rooney at the age of 93 severs one more connection with Hollywood’s golden era of the 1930s. Indeed, a working actor almost(...)

Actor Mickey Rooney plays a piano at his home in Westlake Village, California in this February 14th , 2007 file photo. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Files/Reuters

Mickey Rooney, who has died aged 93 was married eight times. While his eight marriages cost him lots of money they also provided him plenty of (...)

Academy Award winning actor Mickey Rooney  in Hollywood, California, 2012. Photograph: Fred Prouser/Files /Reuters 1:11

Mickey Rooney, the exuberant entertainer who led a roller-coaster life - the world’s top box-office star at 19 as the irrepressible Andy Hardy,(...)

Deanna Durbin  in May 1939 with her first husband Vaughn Paul in the clubhouse of Hollywood Park in Los Angeles. Photograph: AP
Obituary: Deanna Durbin

When a teenage Deanna Durbin appeared on screen in the 1930s, in a decorous white dress, singing with a bell-like purity, audiences sighed cont(...)

Rachel Weisz as Evanora in Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful
The witches of Oz

You need not be waist deep in Angela Carter (though such immersion probably helps) to know that fairy stories – both ancient and contemporary – hav(...)