Saturday, October 04, 2014

Mr. X Blind Items Revealed- Old Hollywood

April 25, 2014

What recently deceased character actor used to publicly praise his former boss in public, but badmouthed him in private as much as he could? Might've been because the boss forced him, when he was still barely legal, to have sex with older actresses, most notably with the widowed wife of the VP.

Mickey Rooney/Louis B. Mayer/Norma Shearer

38 comments:

CoBe said...

Initially read this as Mickey Rourke. Oops.

sugarbread maker said...

creepy!! did he watch too??

auntliddy said...

Gross. Thise movie moguls really thought they gods.

sandybrook said...

Really? He was doing you a favor Mickey unless he was watching. Norma wasn't all that bad looking

rosie riveter said...

Interesting.

Nutty_Flavor said...

@Sandybrook, she wasn't bad looking, but she wasn't good looking, either. She had that wonky eye, a kind of 1920s Paris Hilton.

sandybrook said...

And Mickey was no prize.

rosie riveter said...

Sounds like a wash

skippy said...

What if this was a young girl?
I doubt anyone would be discussing the looks of the man.
Everyone would be clutching their pearls in horror.
Abuse goes both ways everyone.

Seven of Eleven said...

How do you force a hard-on? Is that possible?

Sherry said...

Seven, indeed it is possible for a man to be raped and it happens. Men are often to ashamed to admit it so it's hard (no pun) to accurately tell how often it happens.

Find it hard to believe Norma was on board with this. She was an excellent actor although she could be a real scenery chewer at times.

Unknown said...

Louis B Mayer was notorious for positioning himself as a piously religious father figure who considered his actors his children, but in reality he was quite a pig, a manipulator, and played hardball. I'll never understand how studios used to have as much power as they had, to the extent of holding sway over local law enforcement.

QueenAnne Guido said...

Mickey will always be Mr. Ava Gardner to me. Mmmmmm, Ava.

sandybrook said...

Big business always rulz small towns and Hollywood was a small town then. Still even today things get shuffled under the rug and forgotten aboot.

nora nader said...

@CoBe - so did I!! First I thought..."Mickey Rourke is dead?! geez how long was I asleep?!" Then I re-read it. /red face/

Patty Turner said...

Ok so not just me on the Mickey Rourke thing...I was like, I just walked away for a minute

miliosr said...

I'm not buying this one. Norma Shearer and Louis B. Mayer were at odds even before Irving Thalberg died in 1936 so I doubt Mayer was procuring young men for Shearer.

It's fascinating that Shearer's reputation has gone into such steep decline given that from 1924 to 1942 she, along with Joan Crawford and Greta Garbo, was one of MGM's biggest moneymakers. For all that Crawford resented Shearer's position as Mrs. irving Thalberg, Crawford got the last laugh in terms of lasting fame (or infamy).

Virginia Staley said...

Jeez those studio heads were a bunch of perverted old farts.

Jessi said...

@virginia unfortunately they still are perverted farts. Not necessarily old but Perverted and Farty indeed.

Seven of Eleven said...

@Sherry, I know men can be raped (and it's a horrible thing), but I don't get how a man can be forced to have an erection and then have sex with someone. As far as I know (which is only anatomy, as I don't possess the part in question), an erection is the result of either drugs or desire. The only way I see this playing out is him being forced to perform oral sex on her.

It's a specious blind, to be sure.

Count Jerkula said...

They say the only man in Hollywood w/ a cock as big as Mickey's was Milton Berle. I like that Mayer put him out to stud, to keep actresses happy. Now broads can't pretend women are the only victims in Hollywood.

MinPinGirl said...

What in the name of Jesus would be a reason to force a barely legal actor to screw a bunch of women? Everytime I think Hollywood can't sound anymore fucked up they whip out something new.

Flora Goforth said...

Count

I have never heard/read anywhere that he shopped the XXL aisle at the condom store.

As an adult Mickey barely stood 5'2". If he were so embiggened it would have hung past his knees.

I have a feeling this is another fake blind or Mickey made it up to sell a book or freeload a dinner.

Basil said...

@7even, if Mickey was still a teen at the time, trust me, he could still get an erection even if he didn't want to. Ask ANY man who sat in school or church and had a hard on. We had erections ALL day long. So Rooney may not have wanted to have sex with Shearer, but he probably could have easily got an erection just thinking about a coin slot in a vending machine.

Walt Driscoll said...

So we're supposed to believe that Norma Shearer, Queen of the MGM lot, who could order any of the young hunk to be washed and sent to her tent chose teenage midget Mickey Rooney over Robert Taylor???

Angela said...

Mickey Rooney defended the studio system where studios owned theaters and actors were under long-term contract, even if he saw what it did to Judy Garland.
Garland was milked to death as a teenager by Mayer. She had a schedule that left her no time out, always rehearsing or being on set, and MGM picked directors such as Busby Berkeley, who put her under a lot of stress. Plus the continuous jokes if she took a few pounds, etc.
That's why she became addicted to pills, and had these various breakdowns when she was an adult. She took a heavy toll when she did three or four MGM musicals a year.

Privately, Rooney was much more critical of the system. But his own career owed a lot to these methods, because he was one of the guys who may not have been as famous with a different method.

discoflux said...

Erections can be an uncontrolled reaction to outside stimuli.

Paint Chips said...

I think Norma was kind of a freak, and I think it's very possible.

He married Ava Gardner and Norma ended up with a much younger man so who knows.

Diane McGee Hardin said...

yes, the erection thing can and does happen involuntarily. men absolutely can be raped; that is not bogus.

regardless of that, it's no favor to force anyone to have sex.

Aoife said...

UGH!

And the studios seem to still control the LAPD.

Diane McGee Hardin said...

^yes, it's a disgusting situation. a holdover from a bygone era that deserves to go bye-bye.

umop 3pisdn said...

OMG me too!!!

__-__=__ said...

Here's an interesting thread on the subject: http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/2hj485/hi_im_nathaniel_penn_a_correspondent_at_gq_who/

Anna Katherine Nonymous said...

Mayer could have simply threatened,manipulated, blackmailed, Rooney, perhaps offer him a plum role if he would sleep with her. height had no bearing on dick size. the tallest man I was ever with had the smallest and second to shortest had the biggest. go figure.

Sincerely,Your Friend said...

A. At the rate M Rourke has aged, he very well could be an Okd Hollywood bl

B. If was trying to make actresses sexually happy, M Rooney would not be my go to guy.
Unless I was a jealous, controlling man pig and I wouldn't want my actresses actually falling for the guy. And because it makes me look better when I step in to f em.

Count Jerkula said...

@Angela: Please, if the studio system was to blame for Judy, then who is to blame for Liza?

Count Jerkula said...

@Flora: this was from the second result on a Google search for Mickey Rooney Dick Rumors:

"Out of respect for the deceased, I have not mentioned Mickey’s penis.

Till now.

Evidently, Mickey was packing. 5’2 with the dick of a man 6’4, if the rumors are to be believed."

http://bittermac.com/2014/04/11/heres-to-the-little-big-man-mickey-rooney/

His dick was a topic of conversation when Howard Stern interviewed both he and Uncle Miltie. I think Milton made the joke that one time at the Friar's Club a bunch of guys were telling the 2 to take em out and see whose was bigger and one guys said, "come on Milt, just take out enough to beat him."

mae reeves said...

Yup, me too

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