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

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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

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