Errol, Rory & Dierdre at The Nautilus!?!

26 May

This wonderful photo is thought to be Errol, Rory & Dierdre at the glorious Nautilus Resort in Miami Beach, but I’m not certain. Errol used to sail up to and stay at the Nautilus, repeatedly in the Zaca, and possibly once in the Sirocco, too, on its maiden voyage from Boston to LA. I believe this may have been taken by the wall to the side of the resort’s famous pool, with Nora nearby. I visited this location yesterday, on the site of what is now Miami’s Mt. Sinai Hospital. The setting is magnificent. Anyone know for sure if this is or is not “Errol Flynn and his daughters” at the Nautilus.……




— Tim


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  1. Gentleman Tim

    May 26, 2015 at 10:52 am

    The Nautilus was renowned for it majestic architecture, huge acreage and waterfront, preeminent pool and polo fields, private docks and bath houses, and two beautiful islands in a premier tropical setting on Miami Beach setting facing downtown Miami. It’s now all been replaced by Mt. Sinai Hospital.



    • David DeWitt

      May 26, 2015 at 7:03 pm

      Appreciate the info, thanks, Delvan :-)

    • Maria

      May 26, 2015 at 9:44 pm

      Another one of my favorites! Were the girls friends of the family? Just delightful!

      • Gentleman Tim

        May 26, 2015 at 10:28 pm

        It’s almost certainly connected to the story in this article, Maria. Perhaps they’re random girls rounded up by the photographer.

        My initial belief was that it was the girls in this article (which I’ve published elsewhere on the blog before), but the site I found this weekend, now apparently taken down, specifically reported that they were Errol and Nora’s daughters at the Nautilus. Being there was a resemblance, I imagine this perhaps is how the misidentification took place. Anyhow, always best to have the truth.…

        • Maria

          May 28, 2015 at 12:10 am

          I was thinking how relaxed that photo is – which is why I thought the 2 little ones were well know to Errol -although he was so charming that they may have felt quite comfortable with him!

    • Gentleman Tim

      May 26, 2015 at 10:22 pm

      Thanks, Delvan.

    • Tina

      May 27, 2015 at 11:08 pm

      Hi Delvan:
      Just curious, from where do you have this information that the girls are Leslie Rae Singer and Pamela Brown?
      If so, whose children are they? Would be great to know?
      Take care!

      • Tina

        June 10, 2015 at 11:49 pm

        Hi Delvan;
        I am still curious and waiting for your reply. Would love to know the source of your information. I sincerely hope you will answer!
        Take care!

        • Tina

          June 19, 2015 at 3:39 pm

          Hi Delvan;
          I hope you had a nice vacation!
          Thanks for the information that is great!
          Yeah, if Robert says so then for sure it is so. I wish Robert would come back I miss him very much!
          Best wishes!

        • Gentleman Tim

          June 19, 2015 at 5:05 pm

          Do you have any information on the second half of Tina’s question, Delvan, i.e., whose children are they?

      • Gentleman Tim

        June 11, 2015 at 9:26 pm

        Hi Tina. I imagine the names of the girls may have been included by Miami Beach hotel publicist Mori Fremon with her wire photo to the New York Daily News, which published the photo. I am not aware of any free or publicly accessible archives for the DN, however, or I would have checked.

        When I can, I’m going to check things out further and see what I can find on library newspaper and genealogy databases about the photo, Leslie Rae Singer and Pamela Brown. If the photo had been taken in Palm Beach, rather than Miami Beach, I would have been inclined to think the famous Singer family of Singer Island fame was involved. That would have sewed things up for us, but as the Nautilus was an renowned international tourist resort, the girls could well be from anywhere – from Miami to Mozambique.

        • Tina

          June 12, 2015 at 5:15 pm

          Thanks Tim!
          I just can’t believe that it is not Rory and Dierdre in particular as the age of the children is just right too. In 1952 Rory was 5 and Dierdre was 7 years old, which fits the children in the picture extremely well and the standing child looks a lot like Dierdre.
          What ever the case it sure is a great puzzle! Hope you find the answer, I tried but could find nothing,
          Take care!

          • Tina

            June 12, 2015 at 5:44 pm

            Here Tim is Dierdre not quite 5 years old, taken on the set of Montana which was released January 1950 at which time she would have been full 5 years old.
            I don’t have any pictures of her around 7 years of age, but the resemblance is stunning to the girl in the picture if it is not Dierdre.


            • Tina

              June 12, 2015 at 5:47 pm


              • Tina

                June 12, 2015 at 6:49 pm

                I cropped the heads of the girls and here are the comparisons. Now, what do you think Tim and all my other fellow authors?





                • Gentleman Tim

                  June 12, 2015 at 11:05 pm

                  Excellent work, Tina. Striking similarities indeed, especially so for “Deirdre” perhaps. The eBay photo/ link I found with Rory & Deirdre’s names specifcally id’ed appears to have diappeared within hours of my post.

                  No success yet getting to a database with these other names. Even if they are Americans, their ages put them beyond the 1940 census, the last available to me. Maybe there are some SSN or obit records, but they could be living, but using different last names. Wouldnt it be great to speak with them!

                  Delvan probably has some inside info abd will get back, but needs more time to see, research and respond to your inquiries.