November 25, 2018

32 Sweet Photographs of Mickey Rooney and Ava Gardner During Their Short Marriage (1942-1943)

Rooney was married eight times, with six of the marriages ending in divorce. In 1942, he married his first wife, actress Ava Gardner, who at that time was still an obscure teenage starlet. They divorced the following year, partly because he had apparently been unfaithful.

Mickey Rooney and his wife American actress Ava Gardner in 1942

Ava Gardner was only 19 when she married Mickey Rooney. “The smallest husband I ever had, and the biggest mistake” — that was how she described Mickey Rooney, who'd once been Hollywood's top box-office draw.

Here below is a sweet photo collection that shows the happiness of Mickey Rooney and Ava Gardner during their short marriage.

Mickey Rooney and Ava Gardner smiling at each other as they announced their wedding plans, Los Angeles, California, 10th December 1941

Mickey Rooney and Ava Gardner, an 18-year-old actress, are shown after announcing their engagement,  10th December 1941

Mickey Rooney and Ava Gardner, an 18-year-old actress, are shown after announcing their engagement,  10th December 1941

Mickey Rooney and Ava Gardner, circa 1941

Ava Gardner and Mickey Rooney were engaged in 1942

Ava Gardner looks on as her new husband Mickey Rooney greets his mother-in-law, Mrs. J.B. Gardner, 1942

Newlyweds Mickey Rooney and Ava Gardner are greeted by Gardner’s mother with a plate of fried chicken, 1942

Ava Gardner and Mickey Rooney after their wedding, January 1942

Ava Gardner and Mickey Rooney after their wedding, January 1942

Mickey Rooney kisses his new bride Ava Gardner after their marriage in a Presbyterian church in rural Ballard, California, Jan. 10, 1942

Ava Gardner and Mickey Rooney attending the 'Mrs. Miniver' premiere at the Carthay Circle Theatre, 1942

Ava Gardner and Mickey Rooney attending the 'Mrs. Miniver' premiere at the Carthay Circle Theatre, 1942

Ava Gardner and Mickey Rooney in 1942

Ava Gardner and Mickey Rooney on their wedding, January 1942

Ava Gardner and Mickey Rooney, 1942

Ava Gardner plays a round of golf with her husband Mickey Rooney, 29th May 1942

Ava Gardner takes a golfing tip from her husband Mickey Rooney, 29th May 1942

Ava Gardner takes a golfing tip from her husband Mickey Rooney, 29th May 1942

Ava Gardner, her husband Mickey Rooney, and Phil Silvers, circa 1942

Mickey and Ava at a party, circa 1942

Mickey Rooney and bride Ava Gardner in the Daily News studio, 1942

Mickey Rooney and his bride, actress Ava Gardner pose for cameramen after marriage ceremony at the Santa Ynez Valley Presbyterian Church, 1942

Mickey Rooney and his bride, actress Ava Gardner pose for cameramen after marriage ceremony at the Santa Ynez Valley Presbyterian Church, 1942

Mickey Rooney and his bride, actress Ava Gardner pose for cameramen after marriage ceremony at the Santa Ynez Valley Presbyterian Church, 1942

Mickey Rooney and his first wife American actress Ava Gardner sit at a table and make goo-goo eyes at each other, circa 1942

Mickey Rooney and his first wife American actress Ava Gardner sit at a table, circa 1942

Mickey Rooney and wife, Ava Gardner, arrive in New York in January 1942, en route to Boston where Rooney is to appear at a Red Cross benefit

Mickey Rooney dancing with his wife Ava Gardner, 1942

Mickey Rooney visits Ava Gardner in Hollywood hospital when she is recovering from emergency appendectomy, 1942

Mickey Rooney visits Ava Gardner in Hollywood hospital when she is recovering from emergency appendectomy, 1942

Mickey Rooney with his wife Ava Gardner, 1942

Mickey Rooney with his wife Ava Gardner, 1942





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