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Sean’s Elementary School

17 Aug

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
AT THE BRENTWOOD TOWN & COUNTRY SCHOOL

WHERE SEAN LIKED TO PLAY BANDIT WITH HIS FONDA, COOPER, MANKIEWICZ, LEROY & OLIVIER CLASSMATES.

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— Tim

 
 

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  1. ILIKEFLYNN

    August 17, 2014 at 3:05 am

    Please redo link. Having trouble connecting. Thank you!–A. R.

     
  2. Gentleman Tim

    August 17, 2014 at 3:10 am

    Here you are, A. R.!

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    • ILIKEFLYNN

      August 17, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      Thank you, G. T. Funny though I met Peter Fonda at a convention here recently on the East coast and gave him a copy of my article about Sean (as well as had him sign my copy of the paper back reprint of the script from “Easy Rider” which I owned and used for a book report back in high school) and while he mentioned he had seen Sean briefly before Sean left for the Orient (i. e. “Nam) he never mentioned that he and Sean had been schoolmates. Also interesting in that I checked all three Sean Flynn biographies and none of them have any mention of Flynn having attended the “Brentwood Town & Country school”, especially as Sean grew up in Palm Beach, Florida and aside from a military school in California, Sean attended schools on the East coast. Still an interesting article.–A. R.

       
      • Gentleman Tim

        August 17, 2014 at 1:56 pm

        You’re very welcome, A.R. I’m happy this first hand account got to such a preeminent Sean man such as yourself!

        So very cool P.F. signed your Easy Rider script! And one you used in high school, no less!! That’s awesome.

        I do recall reading about three months ago that Lili & Sean lived in Brentwood after the divorce. Saw online the actual house. Forget now if I posted it (don’t think so as it was via a MapQuest or Google Map link), but I’ll try to find again.
        Not sure either exactly when of for how long Sean lived there, but it definitely put him in the hood at some point.

        It could be very productive to wrote the author of this very recent article. She probably has further details – maybe even a class photo?!

        P.S. A. R. I have been working on getting details of Sean’s school in Palm Beach. Was just in P.B. Wednesday. (Went to one of Errol’s old watering holes.) Will post what I find one of these days! … Do you know what military school he went to in CA?

         
        • ILIKEFLYNN

          August 17, 2014 at 6:15 pm

          The military school Lili sent Sean to, according to author Phillip Lombard in 1955, is the Black-Foxe Military Institute which is located (according to author Jeffrey Meyers), in Hollywood, California.

          Yes, it should be interesting to see the house where Lili and Sean lived in after she divorced Errol and before she and Sean moved to Palm Beach; of course, while he was still an infant. (Sean was born in 1941 and by the end of 1942 into 1943, they were living in the house in Palm Beach, Florida that was posted previously on this very website, as you know.)

          Meyers states that Sean hated being at military school and wrote and begged his mother to allow him to “come home and see his friends.” The next year Sean then transferred to the Palm Beach Day School. It would be nice to know that Sean at one time went to school with these celebrity children. –A. R.

           
          • Gentleman Tim

            August 17, 2014 at 9:22 pm

            Ah, yes, A.R., now I recall! Black-Foxe Military Academy. A whole army of celebrity kids went there – from Chaplin’s to DiMaggio’s to maybe even Michael Douglas(?), and many more. I read about it once too in connection to when Errol was staying at Huntington Hartford’s place, and Hartford asked Errol to visit his son Buzz there. (A silly but fairly popular nickname in the 50’s.)

            Here’s a good link to its very interesting history:

            Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hats Off to Black-Foxe Military Institute

            I need to search more on Sean & Lili’s home in Brentwood.

             
          • Gentleman Tim

            August 17, 2014 at 9:33 pm

            Here’s something from a book on Jane Fonda, A. R. It appears to confirm that Sean was indeed in her class at Brentwood Town & Country. I couldn’t figure out exactly when or for how long. Looks like early or mid 40’s perhaps, but I’m not sure. Maybe it was pre-elementary??

            Jane Fonda Book Reference

            (Sorry, David, but, for reasons unknown, I couldn’t today use Bitly on the computer I’m using. I’ll fix when I can. Thanks.)

             
            • ILIKEFLYNN

              August 17, 2014 at 10:41 pm

              It seems a little curious that Sean and Jane should be “classmates” as Sean was closer in age to Peter who was born in 1940, while Jane was born in 1937. Any way as I said before it would be nice if Sean had gone to school with some other celebrity children. As we all know he did pal around with a young George Hamilton and one of his trainers while in Hollywood was Jock Mahoney.–A. R.

               
              • Gentleman Tim

                August 17, 2014 at 11:00 pm

                I didn’t know about Jock Mahoney. I wonder then if Sean got to see or know Sally Field?

                 
                • ILIKEFLYNN

                  August 18, 2014 at 2:36 am

                  That’s a question I have asked myself! Let’s see, in late 1961, the year Flynn trained with Mahoney, young Ms. Field, who was born in 1946, would have been about 15 and I believe she was also a cheerleader in high school and as yet had not gotten her first acting role. Sean was 20, and by all accounts was “strikingly handsome”! Maybe they did meet, but Jock being in a “fatherly” protective vein kept them apart. After all Sean was the son of Errol Flynn!–A. R.

                   
                  • Gentleman Tim

                    August 18, 2014 at 3:02 am

                    Fun stuff, A.R. Considering Sally’s early and successful enthusiasm for life, I suspect she would have found out about Sean on some level – unless Jocko went out of his way to hide the fact from her. We’ll have to check her old backyard in Van Nuys to see if she carved Sally & Sean into any of her backyard trees!

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                    • ILIKEFLYNN

                      August 18, 2014 at 9:02 pm

                      Great pics of Sally, GT! So, anyone out there going to Van Nuys?–A. R.

                       
                • Gentleman Tim

                  August 18, 2014 at 3:14 am

                  Jocko was nobody to mess with, A.R. And a stunt man/ double for Errol, I just read! So that might well be how/why Sean came to be under his tutelege

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                  • ILIKEFLYNN

                    August 18, 2014 at 9:12 pm

                    Yes, Jock Mahoney, did one of his first stunts as Errol’s stunt double for the jumping down the stairwell scene in “Adventures of Don Juan” for which he received a few injuries along with his pay! He was doing well in westerns and was being groomed for stardom. But aside from getting his own short lived TV series, “Yancy Derringer”, he had to wait to for his turn and became the oldest actor on record to play Tarzan on film. –A. R.

                     
                    • Gentleman Tim

                      August 18, 2014 at 11:24 pm

                      So ole’Jocko did that, A.R.! Thanks, that was one stupendous stunt! “The King of Adventurers” was smart to skip that one!!

                      It’s in this terrific trailer:

                      Adventures of Don Juan – Trailer: youtu.be/ImjXNVjW-wc…

                      That might be right about Jocko protecting Sally, A. R. Though he was a swinger for a living, he might not have wanted Sally running around with any of the other type of swingers in Hollywood. As handsome and nice as Sean was, sixteen-year-old Sally would have likely fell for him big time!

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          • Gentleman Tim

            August 17, 2014 at 9:47 pm

            This 1558 Beverly Drive home might be the home I was thinking of, but I’m not positive. I seem to recall one right on or very near the border of Brentwood:

            www.sothebyshomes.com…

             
  3. Gentleman Tim

    August 17, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Turns out the author of this article is the daughter of MGM big wig Dore Schary, A.R. Her first book, With a Cast of Thousands, evidently discusses in detail her childhood, including all the celebrity kids she knew, including apparently Sean.
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    • ILIKEFLYNN

      August 18, 2014 at 2:42 am

      Interesting! Makes you wonder how his biographers missed that one! Perhaps the time Sean spent in Brentwood was extremely brief and they only remember him because he was Errol’s son.–A. R.

       
      • Gentleman Tim

        August 18, 2014 at 3:17 am

        We’re getting some good research done here, A.R.! It will be in future articles and books about Sean!!

         
        • Gentleman Tim

          August 18, 2014 at 3:25 am

          I believe this might be a LA area photo, A.R. Th i s could have been the age Sean was in Brentwood, or, if it is in CA, it could have veen just a visit?

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        • ILIKEFLYNN

          August 19, 2014 at 8:47 pm

          Well I hope future biographers look into this and verify when (and if) Sean was at Brentwood.–A. R.

           
  4. Gentleman Tim

    November 28, 2014 at 3:52 am

    More Wonderful Memories of Sean’s Time at Brentwood Tow & Country School.

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