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December 21, 2014

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Mickey Rooney, 21, Movieland's No.1 boxoffice star, and Ava Gardner, 19, of Wilson, N.C., pose together in this January 5, 1942 photo, at Santa Barbara, Calif., shortly after the couple applied for a license to marry.

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Mickey Rooney, 21, Movieland's No.1 boxoffice star, and Ava Gardner, 19, of Wilson, N.C., pose together in this January 5, 1942 photo, at Santa Barbara, Calif., shortly after the couple applied for a license to marry.