Vaudeville singer and dancer Julia Rooney Clinton, once known as the "princess of hoofers," has died of complications from old age. She was 102.
Rooney was the daughter of singer-dancer Pat Rooney Sr. and his ballerina wife. Like her three older siblings, she pursued an early career on stage."You only had 12 minutes, and when you got out there, if you didn't grab your audience right now, you didn't get them," Rooney said in 1983. "We got them, because the minute we hit the stage, we were fun, we were fun."
She debuted in an 1895 production of "Rip Van Winkle," and her first vaudeville appearance came in 1902 at Keith's Union Square in New York.
Rooney married Walter Clinton, a singer, on Christmas Day, 1915. With a 10-piece band, the couple performed for several years as Clinton and Rooney.
Clinton died in 1966. The couple had no survivors.