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Elizabeth Taylor remembered: Mickey Rooney

March 23, 2011 |  2:11 pm

Velvet Veteran actor Mickey Rooney, who starred with Elizabeth Taylor in 1944's "National Velvet" and remained her friend ever since, remembered the actress in a statement on Wednesday:

"Our loss in the motion picture business with Elizabeth Taylor's passing is momentuous. She was a lady who gave of herself to everyone. I know I consider it a great personal loss."


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Photo: Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney in "National Velvet." Credit: MGM/UA

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Some readers of my coming-of-age new novel "Stick Man" have said in light of Elizabeth Taylor's passing they really liked how the protagonist in the story was guided by his love for her. She was the last of the great movie stars. So in answer to your requests, here's a couple excerpts from Stick Man related to the late, great Liz Taylor:

"Angel touched the end of my fingers. The first time we touched, it was like someone threw gasoline on the strong flame between the two of us. Her face neared mine. And then it happened. We kissed. My first real kiss. I tried to copy the kiss Montgomery Clift gave Elizabeth Taylor in A Place in the Sun. We giggled, than she kissed me again...

We all stayed the night at the Roosevelt Hotel on Hollywood Boulevard. I took in the palm fronds and stone archways, than peeked at the pool. We roamed the halls looking for ghosts. Monty Clift had stayed in Room 928. He was one of my favorite actors ever since I saw A Place In the Sun. When I watched him walk to his death, condemned for not saving Shelley Winters, I rooted for him. I saw the movie for the first time a year after Angel vanished, and took it to be a sign. When Elizabeth told Monty “Tell Mama all,” she mothered him the way Angel mothered me. Director George Stevens did dreamy dissolves when Monty and Elizabeth kissed. The kiss was his final thought when he was executed. I knew then if I was a dead man walking, my final thought would be kissing Angel.

Later that night in the hotel room, I thought about how Elizabeth Taylor was the first to reach Montgomery Clift after his near-fatal car accident. Two of Monty’s teeth were lodged in his throat and he was choking. Elizabeth pulled his teeth out and saved his life. He told her that she was his other half, and he wished the children she had with Michael Todd were his. I imagined myself in a car accident. Somehow, Angel heard about it and rushed to the wreckage. She saw the blood trickling out of the side of my mouth and told me she’d love me for as long as she lived, just like Elizabeth told Monty..."

Stick Man, by Richard Rossi, (both the novel and the soundtrack), are available at Amazon.com


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