Proposin`like Flynn

08 Mar

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Dear fellow Flynn fans,

we all know Errol had a very romantic side to him. This eventually led to three marriages and at least as many engagements.

When filming Robin Hood he metaphorically went to one knee in front of Lady Livvie, while officially still married to Mrs. D(yn)amita. Later he promised Jamaican paradise on earth to Romanian princess Irene Ghica.

But his engaging behaviour went way back to his theater days in England. Here is a daughter`s account -not an alien to acting herself- about her mother`s flynntanglement .

“Her stage name was Elizabeth Inglis. She had walk on movie parts in Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Letter” & “The Thirty-Nine Steps.” She was born and mostly raised in boarding schools in England. She went to the Royal Academy of Arts in London at Picadilly Circas after high school where she was “discovered” by a Hollywood talent scout. In high school she had a steady date by the name of Errol Flynn, who went with her to the USA, by ship for a summer in Hollywood, and later became a big star. The Hollywood set was into party after party after party. Errol Flynn was a real womanizer, but he couldn’t get to first base with my mother because she could see right through him. He proposed, but she indicated that Errol had to get permission from her father. So he wrote this three page letter expounding all of her many virtues and how he would do right by her. Her father wrote back and said that he didn’t care what she did, now that she was out of the house! She still would not marry him. So later at one of these “Hollywood Parties,” Errol Flynn introduced my mother to my father. He was very shy. Her dates with him were different. She would get a couple of tickets to a “Talkie” or silent show and then call him up and see if he wanted to go. . . After a bit of this they got together.”

Obviously she was not just another Flynn prospect, but a hopeful, who found happiness elsewhere.

Now was Errol rather supposing than proposing? Who knows how many more brides-not-to-be there were?


— shangheinz


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  1. Gentleman Tim

    March 9, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    Very cool, northamptonheinz. This requires me to add Miss Hawkins to the list of Errol’s Most Beautiful Girlfriends! To think Sigourney was almost Errol’s kid.…


    • shangheinz

      March 10, 2015 at 4:23 pm

      Congrats, Thinkcap Tim, you got the right answer to this no-trivia blog entry. Now, what about those other (39) near Flynn wives?

  2. shangheinz

    March 19, 2015 at 9:02 am

    When in Venice, Errol very much liked the company of aspiring actress Irene Genna. She in turn accepted a proposal of the “Italian Flynn” Amedeo Nazzari.

  3. shangheinz

    March 20, 2015 at 1:07 pm


    Offered a (lifelong?) contract, kissed good bye bye by Errol at the airport, Maureen went on to marry an English noble man.

    • Gentleman Tim

      March 18, 2016 at 10:42 pm

      January 11, 1953

      ‘Londoners who saw Errol Flynn plant a kiss on 20-year-old Maureen Swanson’s lips at the airport before he took off for Europe are taking back their predictions of divorce for Errol and Patrice Wymore. Maureen now is out as Flynn’s leading lady and Italian Venus Gina Lollabrigida is in.”

  4. shangheinz

    March 18, 2016 at 3:13 pm


    The ideal broad? O-tone Ida: “I should have married Errol, when he asked me.”

    • Gentleman Tim

      March 18, 2016 at 10:51 pm

      • shangheinz

        March 19, 2016 at 6:06 pm


        Very interesting bio, Googleman Tim. The real scoop on my scope is that Helmut D. was Ida`s boyfriend. Errol and Dantine got along just fine. At some time the Austrian even was Freddie McEvoy`s brother-in-law

  5. Selene Hutchison-Zuffi

    August 28, 2021 at 1:16 am

    Him and Inglis were actually engaged. Even Olivia adressed her as Errol ex fiance

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