Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland: 5 Onscreen Power Couple Moments
Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney on 'The Judy Garland Show' in 1963 (Everett)
The two actors were so close, according to Rooney, it transcended any love affair. "She was my sister from the beginning — the sister I never had," Rooney, who died on Sunday at the age of 93, said in a decades old TV interview. "She was the love I'd searched for."
Take a look back at Rooney and Garland's most memorable onscreen moments:
1. "Babes in Arms" (1939)
While Rooney was not exactly a musical genius, he could carry a tune, knew how to dance, and had the enthusiasm to sell a song to an audience. Of course, no one would ever question Garland's way with a melody — so when MGM put their young stars in the hands of master director and choreographer Busby Berkeley, magic was waiting to happen. "Babes in Arms" had a very hokey plot: Rooney and Garland are aspiring musical stars who have 30 days to put on a big show or get sent to a trade school. When Berkeley lets loose with one of his wildly imaginative musical numbers and Garland starts to sing, the movie's simple power is undeniable (though, it must be noted, the film includes a cringeworthy number with Garland and Rooney in blackface). It was MGM's most profitable release of 1939 — the same year they put out "Gone With the Wind" and "The Wizard of Oz."
2. "Love Finds Andy Hardy" (1938)
Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland in a promotional portrait for 'Love Finds Andy Hardy' (Hulton Archive/Getty)
Rooney and Garland displayed a natural chemistry in their few scenes together in "Thoroughbreds Don’t Cry," but it was their second pairing in "Love Finds Andy Hardy" that confirmed their status as one of Hollywood's all-time favorite screen couples. As Betsy, the girl next door with a crush on Andy, Garland was rarely more charming. And the fact that Andy ended up picking Betsy over Polly (Ann Rutherford) or Cynthia (Lana Turner) says a lot about how beguiling she could be on screen.