In case you missed author/blogger and Errol Flynn biographer Tom McNulty on Jack Marino’s LA Talk Radio Show:
— David DeWitt
My dear fellow Flynn fans,
here is what I dug up from the ancient archives of the Austrian National Library concerning the sexy sensual sparkplug we know as Mrs. Errol Flynn I.
Born Liliane Marie Madeleine Carré in Blaye near Bordeux on July 10th of either 1901 or rather 1904, she appeared in dancing revues in the Grand Nation`s capitol as early as age 15.
Of purported Iberian ancestry she started her career with the stage name of Damita del Rojo. Later she changed it to Lily Seslys under which she got credited with favorable performances during the silent film era.
As soon as film producer Count Alexander “Sascha” Kolowrat had laid his ladyloving eyes on her, he left no jewel unturned to lure the little dame from Paris to Vienna. This movie mogul went to great lenghts and used his personal riches to put big pictures onto the screen such as the then costliest movie up to date “Sodom and Gomorrah”.
Not only a bonvivant he was also a connaisseur of young talent and for example introduced Marlene Dietrich to the art of filmmaking.
But Lili was not to be seduced easily. She was determined to become a star and not end up a starlet. When arriving at the central train station of Vienna she was accompanied by an older woman (who may or may not have been her mother) as bodyguard. It was only when Count Kolowrat gave her top billing in his next three films partly made in Berlin: ”Fiacre (stagecoach) Nr. 13″, “The Golden Butterfly” and “Plaything of Paris” that she agreed to terms and the chaperone was sent home. Director of all three flicks was a certain Michaly Kertesz, who soon was to embark on a shiptrip to Hollywood with no return ticket on a contract by Warner Bros.
Here is a comment of the “Neues Wiener Tagblatt” on the upraising star from the 4th of may 1929:
A fairytale out of real life
How Lili Damita found her way to film would make a fine story for a movie full of romance and sentimentalities so well liked these days, that has audiences streaming tears down their cheeks. Dancing in Boulevard venues at age 15 she was discovered and brought here by the late Count Alexander Kolowrat of Sascha Film Factory. Instand success came via “Das Spielzeug von Paris” under the guidance of one Michaly Kertesz providing a never before seen array of technical effects and scenic splendor. Standing out nonetheless was the appearance of this juvenile diva with her slender and flexible figure and that fine Parisian facial features. A new star had emerged.
A household name by now Lili Damita engaged in a torrid affair with the Prussian Prince Louis Ferdinand von Hohenzollern much to the delight of the European newspaper media. The 20 year young crown prince was madly in love with the temperamental French actress and vowed to marry her. His royal family naturally didn`t approve of the impossible liaison and urged L. Ferdinand to keep things “physical”. Rumours that Lili held his cousin, the Duke of Kent in equally intimate esteem may have contributed that Ferdinand ultimately married Princess Kira Romanowa. But not before following Damita to the United States and even accepting a worldly job at the Henry Ford automobile plant in Michigan. Lili by then had already set her sight on another royalty- the Baron of Mullholland.
Errol Flynn wins top billing in game to name inaugural Tasmanian Theatre Awards
Actors Olivia De Havilland and Tasmanian-born Errol Flynn in 1935 film Captain Blood. Picture: TCMSource: Supplied
TASMANIA’S new theatre awards have been christened The Errols, paying tribute to the state’s swashbuckling Hollywood star Errol Flynn.
Theatre Council of Tasmania chairman Rod Anderson announced the name, which was chosen via a public competition, on ABC Breakfast Radio this morning.
“My fellow judges and I were overwhelmed with the number of entries we received and were really impressed — not just with the level of interest shown — but the amount of thought that went into each of the 120-plus nominations,” Mr Anderson said.
Several people suggested The Errols as a potential name, leaving the judges to pick the competition winner out of a hat. Duncan Hall, from South Hobart, was selected and will receive two tickets an Errol-nominated show of his choice.
Designed to celebrate excellence in the performing arts throughout Tasmania, the inaugural Errols feature almost 30 award categories, open to local productions staged between February 1 this year and January 2015.
Judging has already started, with the first awards ceremony to be held next March.
— tassie devil
The Errol Flynn Society of Tasmania is to support the younger drama students in the Hobart Eisteddfod with a cash prize for a period of ten years. The syllabus has been released and can be viewed at the address below. Have a look at page 44 (55 in right column) for the mention of the society. The society had some monies in deposit and wanted to support young drama students under 18 in the hope that our prize may help them to realise a dream and possibly go through to an acting career as did our most famous Tasmanian, Errol Flynn.
— tassie devil
This is a fixed version of what you posted. I made a few mistakes but I am not going to tell you what they are. This was a fairly simple fix and I enjoy doing them. To get it perfect it would take alot more time but for what it is its pretty good I think. I have done many old photos and if you go to my Facebook page you can see them. If I ever decide to do this for money I will have to get a better program. I hope this is what you had in mind. Rick
“Last of Robin Hood” will be screened at the Dallas International Film Festival on April 12th. I have tickets and eagerly await this movie!
co-author Hollywood’s Hellfire Club
— David DeWitt
Here’s a full page magazine advertisement I thought I’d share. I’m interested in seeing if those of you with digital skills might be interested in restoring it. I’m not so good at digital manipulation. I think more than a few of you could clean this up. It’s a nice image and it just needs some loving care. Might be fun to see what you all come up with. Belligerents are encouraged to adhere to The Marquess of Queensberry rules. I’m taking a trip and will return in a week. Have fun with this!
Some news I wasn’t at liberty to announce until now. I hope it answers a few questions:
In keeping with the evolving “Gee Whiz!” “Teen Beat” tone of the blog, I thought we could turn our attention to a strangely overlooked detail concerning our hero: his teeth! So, what is your favorite era of the great swashbuckler’s ivories?