Janice Darlene "Jan" Rooney
; born November 23, 1939, Los Angeles, California
) is an American
singer and the wife of actor Mickey Rooney
. She is the mother of and by her former husband, . She and Mickey Rooney were married on August 7, 1978.
The couple performed together for decades. In 2003, the couple began their association with Rainbow Puppet Productions
, providing their voices to the centenary production of Toyland!
, an adaptation of Victor Herbert
's Babes in Toyland
. Jan Rooney provided the voice for Mother Goose while Mickey Rooney created the voice for the Master Toymaker. Since that time, they have created voices for additional Rainbow Puppet Productions including "Pirate Party". Both productions continue to tour theaters across the country. In 2004, she began appearing in television commercials for Garden State Life Insurance Company
with her husband, who has been a spokesperson for the company since 1999.
Charges of elder abuse against Rooney's stepson
On March 2, 2011, the 90-year-old Rooney told a U.S. Senate committee investigating elder abuse that he had been financially exploited and “stripped of the ability to make even the most basic decisions about my life” by his stepson Christopher Aber (and Aber's wife, Christina), against whom he obtained a restraining order. The Senate Aging Committee chairman, Herb Kohl
, told Rooney that he would propose legislation to create an Office of Elder Justice in the U.S.... Read More