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Memories of Gillian Lynne

03 Jul

REMEMBERING GILLIAN
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ERROL AND GILLIAN

Dame Gillian travelled to Sicily in 1953 to film The Master Of Ballantrae. In the credits Gillian Lynne’s part is listed as “Marianne, a dancer favoured by Captain Mendoza” but it wasn’t long before it became clear that she was favoured by the Hollywood legend who had the leading role, one Errol Flynn.

Asked how their affair came about, she says: “It was very difficult for it not to come about! He was a gorgeous man and he was very witty, very funny and well educated actually. It wasn’t all about sex, it was all about fun. We liked each other.

“I would never have been chosen for the role if he hadn’t liked me because they were looking for a blonde woman with big boobs and then they saw me dancing at the Palladium. I was thin with tiny boobs and dark hair but I was sexy. I’m a sexy dancer. Most dancers are sexy. We had a lot of quite steamy scenes, nothing in the bedroom, thank God. All out in the sun.”

Their on-set fling lasted for two months, with the couple enjoying drinks in the bar of Palermo’s exclusive Villa Igiea and taking boat trips up and down the Sicilian coast. In the decades that followed, Dame Gillian went on to become one of the country’s most successful choreographers (Cats, Phantom Of The Opera) and has directed more than 50 shows in the West End and on Broadway as well as a number of TV productions

www.express.co.uk/celebrity-news/470862/Dame-Gillian-Lynne-Nights-with-Errol-Flynn-dancing-for-the-Queen-and-keeping-fit-at…

— Gentleman Tim

 

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  1. rswilltell

    July 5, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Thanks to Tim for discovering this hidden piece of Errol Flynn’s history. Gillian Lynne showed great promise in Master Of Ballantrae and she went on to reach the pinnacle of her profession.

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