Rooney's Widow Demands Slice of Tiny Estate
His biological children are also challenging his will
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 12, 2014 10:48 AM CDT
In this Monday, April 26, 2004, file photo, Jan, left, and Mickey Rooney pose for photographs after having unveiled their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Ann Johansson, File)

(Newser) – Mickey Rooney may not have left a celebrity-sized fortune behind, but his estranged widow wants a cut of it anyway. Janice Rooney is challenging the late actor's will, which leaves his entire $18,000 estate to stepson/caretaker Mark Aber, omitting Janice Rooney and other children, CNN reports. Her lawyer will appear in court today to challenge the assertion, made in court documents, that she signed an agreement waiving her right to her husband's estate when the couple separated in 2012.

"There is NO provision in either of the two settlement agreements ... that terminates or in any way affects (her) rights as surviving spouse," Janice Rooney's lawyer said. Court-appointed conservator Michael Augustine has dismissed the claim as "totally without merit," accusing Janice Rooney of pursuing it because "she cannot resist her additional five minutes of fame." Mickey Rooney's eight biological children are also contesting the will, Radar reports. In court documents, they claim Augustine conspired with Aber to manipulate the actor.

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May 13, 2014 6:54 PM CDT
thanks for the shows mickey r.i. p.
May 12, 2014 6:56 PM CDT
I am still trying to figure out how he became such a Hollywood star.
May 12, 2014 4:19 PM CDT
Well, she could always write a "tell-all" book saying that her "old" man was a pervert or something, hell............he's dead, who will contest it??