Two events that happened this week touched my heart in different ways. To pay tribute, I offer you this quick post.
The entire free world knows by now that Stephen Colbert will be replacing David Letterman on The Late Show. Like Jon Stewart said, I can’t wait to walk by The Ed Sullivan Theatre in Manhattan to see Colbert’s name on the marquee.
I know he’ll be dropping his The Colbert Report personae for the new show, and jumping back into his own skin. Here’s one of the reasons why I love him so much: he brilliantly played his character to perfection. My favorite example of doing what he did best was when he was a guest on The O’Reilly Factor.
At the age of two, Mickey Rooney had already made his first public appearance in his parents vaudeville act. Multi-talented , Mickey could sing, dance and act, and so began the Hollywood legend’s long career. I loved him best in Boys Town with Spencer Tracy, National Velvet with a young Elizabeth Taylor and an older Mickey playing the real-life character, Bill Sackter, who spent more than 40 years in an institution and now experiences life and love for the first time in the movie, Bill.
Mickey also had a bit part in Breakfast at Tiffany’s as the offbeat upstairs neighbor of Audrey Hepburn, and joined other Hollywood legends such as Buddy Hackett, Sid Caesar, Milton Berle and Jonathan Winters in It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.
RIP, Mickey, and thanks for the entertainment.
I hope you all have a fabulous week.