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Rooney still hitting the stage

You’d think he was name-dropping if he was anyone other than Mickey Rooney.

You’d think he was name-dropping if he was anyone other than Mickey Rooney.

The film icon — who has worked with everyone from Fred Astaire to Ben Stiller — turned 90 on Thursday but celebrated the milestone birthday last Sunday in Manhattan, with celebrities like mogul Donald Trump and entertainers Tony Bennett and Regis Philbin in attendance.

“Everything was very thrilling, and the president of the United States sent me a nice greeting, and the mayor of New York,” Rooney said in a phone interview this week. “I was very touched.”

While most would consider retiring after more than eight decades on the job, Rooney is showing no signs of slowing down.

The Hollywood legend is set to perform at the Casino Nova Scotia’s The Schooner Room on Sunday with his wife, singer-actress Jan Rooney. The event begins at 8 p.m.

Their show is described as an autobiographical musical, highlighted with film clips, humour and memories from Rooney’s vast career.

So what is it that keeps him going? Rooney answers simply that the stage, the studio and the silver screen have been his life.

“We do it,” he said. “You either do it or you don’t do it. We love doing it. Jan and I love it, and we hope the people up there will like what we do because we’re going to put on a show.”

 
 
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