Who is She? Who is She?

11 May

She was the leading lady in one of Errol’s major films.

She sailed on the Pacific to California in early ’35

She settled in LA, performing from an early age.

Her parents were singing and dancing vaudevillians.

Her mother was originally from Australia.

Following her film with Flynn, she played an exotically attractive woman in a role inspired by a legendary number one song – a song regarded by many as one of the all-time greats of its genre.

ʻO waiʻo ia? Quem é ela?

— Tim


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  1. twinarchers

    May 11, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    It took some digging but it is……… Joan Blondell

    • Gentleman Tim

      May 12, 2018 at 5:51 am

      A “Perfect” answer, twinarchers, yet incorrect. Unlike most often blonde Joan Blondell, the luscious leading lady we’re looking for always wore fine and rare dark shining hair, a trait featured in the follow-up song to the landmark mega-hit (number one on both pop and country charts) that inspired the role she played (more than a decade) after her big screen appearance with Flynn.…


  2. Gentleman Tim

    May 12, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Her maternal grandfather was a celebrated actor in Australia.

    She sailed to California on the SS Mariposa.

    Befote she was in movies, she once performed for Sultan Sir Ibrahim Al Masyhur Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Abu Bakar Al-Khalil Ibrahim Shah, one of the richest men in the world.

    Before she appeared with Errol,, she was in a notable film noir. Both movies had short titles with the same number of letters.



  3. Gentleman Tim

    May 12, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    In the immortal words of Clifton Webb and Marty Robbins: Life is like a big box of chocolates:


  4. Gentleman Tim

    May 12, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    In both movies, she played an exotic foreign beauty:

    Here’s “Faleena”, aka “El Paso, Part 2”:


    • Karl

      May 13, 2018 at 5:52 am

      Now, that was one TOUGH, and in the end, TANTALIZING teaser Tim Terrific… with many interesting connections along the way… including her own subsequent life journey:…

  5. Gentleman Tim

    May 13, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Hanjee, Rajah Holmberg! – It’s the long lost Laurette Luez, who may have helped Norma Jean arrive at her own alliterative appellation, Marilyn Monroe.

    Keeping Kipling’s masterpiece more fitting for matinee movie-goers, Errol and Luez can be seen kissing in Kim from about 1:05 to 1:20 in this “Big Beyond Belief” trailer:

    Getting one of these Flynnian quizzes by you would be like getting a fastball by Ted Williams.