AMERICAN STAGE ACTRESS – NELL CARTER (MOTHER OF MICKEY ROONEY)

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nell carter 1 This vintage real photo postcard features pretty American stage actress, Nell Carter (1894-1965). She shares the name of another American actress who arrived on the entertainment scene later than this Nell Carter. The second Nell Carter (1948-2003) was an American singer and actress. She is best known for her role in the television sitcom “Gimme a Break”. The Nell Carter pictured on this postcard hailed from Kansas City, Missouri. When she married and had a child, all three family members were involved in acting.  Her husband was actor Joe Yule (1892-1950) and her son was the celebrated actor, Mickey Rooney. Joe Yule was a Scottish-American burlesque and vaudeville comedian who transitioned into film career as a character actor. Yule and Carter married in 1919. Nell Carter, like her husband,  was a vaudevillian. She has also been described as a chorus girl and burlesque performer. The pair had a child in 1920 (Mickey Rooney) . In 1924, Yule and Carter separated and in 1925, she and her son moved to Hollywood. She appeared in one Broadway production, “When Crummies Played” (1928). This postcard was published by Rotary Photo as part of “The Rotary Photographic Series (no. 4037 L). The photographer was the Foulsham & Banfield Studio. Foulsham & Banfield were well known celebrity photographers. Frank Foulsham and A. C. Banfield operated a studio from the 1900’s through the 1920’s. The message on the reverse of this postcard indicates that the sender (Mabel) settled in buying this photo postcard to send to her friend. She writes that she wishes that she could have sent her a portrait postcard of English stage and film actress, Sybil Arundale. This vintage portrait postcard is in very good condition (see scans).  (SOLD)

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  1. What a beauty!

  2. Thanks for sharing this. Good to see MR’s mother was so attractive. I met (briefly) Pvt. Mickey Rooney in the fall of 1944 at Camp Sibert, Alabama. No less than Laurence OIivier once said he considered Rooney “the best there has ever been” among film actors. (With a height handicap of 5ft 3 in. !) … personal life another matter.

    • If you don’t mind sharing, under what circumstances did you meet Mickey Rooney?

  3. Short version. I was 18, just drafted. Camp Sibert. Alabama (specialty, chemical warfare defense) also had a staging area where ‘show-folks’ were organized to entertain troops wherever possible. They completed the first six weeks of basic training and then were transferred to the ‘show area’. (My barracks-mate friend, Bob Priester, a nightclub singer, was one such). Others, like Rooney, completed the six weeks elsewhere and were then transferred to Sibert. Priester and Rooney and an accordion player were teamed, sent to Europe, given a jeep … and hunted soldiers to entertain … for months, until the war was over. Hey, Mickey Rooney received a Bronze Star for entertaining under fire.

    • Thank you for sharing the interesting story about Micky Rooney and Camp Sibert.


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