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Mickey Rooney's Final Drama

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Attorney John O'Meara says "Chris wants nothing other than what his mother wants." He's talking about Chris Aber. He's Mickey Rooney's stepson. Chris' mom is Jan Chamberlyn who was married to Mickey Rooney for 40 years.

John O'Meara looks at promotional pictures of Jan Chamberlin and Mickey Rooney.

Lawyers for Chamberlin say ten years ago the famous actor bought several plots at a Westlake Village cemetery for him, Jan, the boys and Mickey's mother.

Now, in death the famous actor who has faced decades of legal issues with regard to his many divorces… is in a legal battle over his final resting place. L.A. Ross, with the wrap.com, says "What it's come down to," she says, "is Mark Rooney fighting with his brother Chris and Mickey's estranged wife Jan over what to do with his body."

Jan's other son, Mark Rooney, is on the side that is said to believe his stepdad didn't want to be with his mom in the last couple of years of his life and should be reunited in death. He wants Rooney buried at Forest Lawn in Glendale where other major celebrities are and a big Hollywood funeral.

John O'Meara represents brother Chris who wants what his mother wants… not his brother.

As we sat in a conference room in his Woodland Hills office I asked O'Meara" why Rooney might not have changed his mind from a decision a decade ago. I said "they were separated for a couple of years. O'Meara's response: "Well they were legally separated. They were legally separated due to the actions of Mr. Rooney's, Mr. Augustine (Rooney's conservator) and Mark. Jan never wanted to be separated. In her mind they were never estranged. She was simply kept from her husband."

Lawyers for Jan Chamberlyn have told me Mickey Rooney was a man who liked more quiet places. He, for instance, preferred smaller hotels over fancy ones.

O'Meara says  his Chris and Jan want the quiet plot Micky purchased and she wants to eventually be buried next to him.

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