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Archive for the ‘Friends & Family’ Category

Remembering Patrice Wymore

08 Aug

Thanks to Suzanne Issa for pointing bus towards this article remembering actress and Rancher Patrice Wymore.

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— David DeWitt

 

The Style Of Lili Damita and Olivia leaves town

31 Mar

I had commented on another thread respect a Baby shower for Sean. This shower was given to Lili by several Hollywood notables.  No photo unfortunately!

http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-Radio-Guide/1941/Movie-Radio-Guide-1941-06-07.pdf

Of course there was a description of what she was wearing:  An Orange Angel Skin Swagger Jacket with Gold Buttons (of course!).   I managed to find a sample of a 1950’s Swagger Jacket:

1950's Swagger Coat  But not “Angel skin”  and no I don’t think she skinned an angel to get it!

What I missed was the little comment on the same page noting that Olivia De Havilland had gone east (to Boston) for 6 weeks (this would be 1941) to recuperate from her Appendectomy that January. My female intuition tells me – “I don’t want to be here when the child is born” . I wonder.

Thanks to Tim for the additional information and photos of the guests at the baby shower too! The original post is under “Lost Brothers- In Memory of Sean”.

— Maria

 

Errol and Patrice

24 Sep

Errol Flynn Wedding

In searching for information on Anthony Quinn I came across a web-site for Edward Quinn with a photo of Errol and Patrice at their civil wedding ceremony in Monaco.  This photo looks familiar to me so if it has already been posted – sorry.  Also- there is a clear watermark across it but I felt that as long as I credit the photographer I should be Ok. If not I won’t be offended if the photo is removed.

Mr. Quinn’s portfolio recalls the Golden days!

 

— Maria

 

Errol and Anthony

23 Sep

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Hi- I found an old post from the blog from 2009 regarding the HUGE joke that Errol played on Anthony Quinn so I am now re-reading Anthony’s book “One Man Tango”. This is a fantastic read as I knew nothing about Anthony Quinn’s life (well except that he seemed to have lots of children) and I did not know how much he cared about Errol. The photo is (apparently) from John Barrymore’s funeral.

 

 

— Maria

 

When the Baron met the baron

23 Sep

Sepy Dubronyi

My dear fellow Flynn fans,

I want to bring your attention to one more colorful personality our Hollywood hero was attracting so often.

Joseph Dobronyi, born in small town Bicske of Hungary on April 2oth of 1922, was carrying the hereditary title of a baron bestowed on his family for defending the homeland against the Turks way back. Nicknamed “Sepy” (which corrisponds to “Little Joe” in Austrian language) he was a fighter pilot in WWII, narrowly escaping death when shot down and suffering burns to his neck because his scarf caught fire. After a brief stint as POW of the Russian Army, he managed to turn his back on fighting walking from Budapest to Stockholm/Sweden, a mere 1000 miles, which took him 6 months and maybe just as many boots.

It was there that he picked up the craft of jewelery designer as well as speaking Swedish, which should serve him well later in life. He supposedly spoke 5 languages, most of them all at once.

A traveller by heart, one day he took a flight to Caracas which made a stop in Havana. He decided on the spot that he needn`t go any further and that he had reached his dream destination. He set up an Art Center exhibiting artworks of local artists. Music was a feature there too, with Sepy assisting on the bongos.

He is also credited for coming up with the idea of transforming a shop into a tavern, which to this day is known as “la Bodeguita”.

It was there that he met celebrities from all over the world and became an international fixture himself. Ernest Hemingway entrusted Sepy with guiding him home to his villa, when completely out of orderly conduct.

The first encounter with Errol stems from the filming of “The big Boodle” in Cuba. They must have hit it off immediately, mostly because Dobronyi`s résumé (war pilot, noble man, globetrotter, lady-art-wine lover…). Flynn even made him production manager of “Cuban Rebel Girls” his second time around.

Read more of their encounters in my “Cuba Libre”- piece here: http://www.theerrolflynnblog.com/2013/10/17/cuba-libre/

When Castro took over from Batista, it was deja vu all over again for the Hungarian baron. His strong anti communist sentiment let him take the ferry to Florida and apply for the American citizenship.

It was there on a film set when he met newly arrived Swedish Export Anita Eckberg. While everyboy was vying for the attention of this blond bombshell, he simply took her in offering her to go and grab a sandwich in Swedish. They even contemplated marrying in Las Vegas. But it was not to be, since the galcier was a vulcano and Sepy no paper-, but a paprika tiger.

He rose to fame and fortune in the US fabricating golden statuettes of female stars and starletts in the nude, amongst them Anita Eckberg, Ava Gardner and…Beverly Aadland! Errol ordered one of those knee high gold and bronze (legend has it that the precious metals were melted gold coins from sunken Spanish ships off the Cuban coast) plated figurines of his young companion for his Jamaican home. He didn`t live to collect it.

Sepy settled in Coconut Grove, imported primitive wood works from Bali and befriended Hugh Hefner. His architecturally acclaimed house had the shape of his zodiac sign-  Taurus. The film “Lady in cement” with Frank Sinatra was filmed there as well as a (in)famous flic called “Deep throat”.

The Baron and the baron sure were two of a mind.

Enjoy,

 

 

— shangheinz

 

IN WITH FLYNN – THE FLYNN CROWD

15 Sep

ERROL HAD AN ASTRONOMICALLY LARGE, VARIED AND WIDESPREAD NUMBER OF FAMILY, FRIENDS, COLLEAGUES, ASSOCIATES & AFFILIATIONS.

THIS POST IS TO HELP CREATE A COMPREHENSIVE RECORD OF PEOPLE AND GROUPS OF PEOPLE WHO HAD A ROLE IN ERROL’S EXTRAORDINARY LIFE – FROM A to Z – from Aadland to Zanuck, Zimbalist & Zukor!

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I’ll start posting alphabetically, with hope and encouragement that all of you will join in by posting other names & photos of The Flynn Crowd!

— Gentleman Tim

 

Luke Flynn’s Inn?

10 Sep

LUKE PLANNING A RESORT ON ERROL’S OLD ESTATE?

http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2014/09/errol-flynn-the-other-jamaica

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— Gentleman Tim

 

IN REMEMBRANCE: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SEAN (SON OF ERROL)!

31 May

Errol & Sean at Heathrow Airport--Summer, 1956Publicity still--circa 1962THE SON OF CAPTAIN BLOODDUEL AT THE RIO GRANDESTOP TRAIN 349TEMPLE OF THE WHITE ELEPHANTSEAN FLYNN--FIVE ASHORE IN SINGAPORESEAN FLYNN IN VIETNAM

— ILIKEFLYNN

 

Mystery Woman with Errol in Jamaica

10 Apr

Who is the lady?

— David DeWitt

 

Clearing the Air – Sean Flynn Mystery

27 Dec

May-21-2010 06:11

Clearing the Air for Missing Photojournalist Sean Flynn's Family


Read this comprehensive Report at SalemNews.com

— David DeWitt