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Mystery Meal Quiz

14 Jul

What significant event in Errol’s life happened here?

“Resting on the southern bank of the River Seine across from the famous Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris towers the mythical La Tour d’Argent. A culinary and magical experience is presented to you as soon as you step off the gilded elevator escorted by a white gloved attendant. The restaurant sits high above the real world and as soon you enter the main dining room you know you are in for something special. Everything from the yellow glow of the candle lit room to its breath taking views and luxurious decor create a perfect ambiance to fully enjoy the French gastronomy you are about to undertake. The oldest restaurant in Paris, the Tour d’Argent claims to have opened its doors in 1582 where it was created as an elegant inn to cater to the high society and aristocrats of its day. It was built using stones from the region of Champagne France, which gave the edifice a silvery likeness thus giving the tower its name La Tour d’Argent (the Silver Tower).”

“Since its opening, the restaurant has had countless famous and infamous diners throughout its 400 year history. Louis XIV, Philippe d ‘Orléans and the Duke of Richelieu were amongst the early famous faces to have their favourite tables by the windows.”

“The Pixar animated film, Ratatouille, was loosely based on La Tour d’Argent.”

Errol Flynn was friends with its legendary owner, Claude Terrail, who was rumored to be romantically involved with both Marilyn Monroe and Ava Gardner.

— Gentleman Tim

 

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  1. Gentleman Tim

    July 14, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    It was in the 1940s and Flynn’s friend, Freddie, was instrumentally involved.

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  2. Ada Klock

    July 14, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    I believe the answer is, Errol was in Paris having dinner with old friend Freddie McEvoy at the La Tour d’Argent restauarant, on or about May 1st or 2nd, 1949, when he first met 19 year old Princess Irene Ghica of Romania. They both shared a love for garlic-garnished snails and after that they began dating, which almost ended up in a marriage.

    The only little puzzlement I have is Irene’s actual birthdate. Various sources have it from Nov.10 to Nov.19 1929.

     
    • Gentleman Tim

      July 14, 2018 at 8:41 pm

      Magnifique, Ada!!! That was a tough one! You are definitely a master on the Master of Mulholland

      Regarding the exacts dates, I’ve seen different ones. One report is that Errol met Irene in June. Additionally, there is a report that, prior to their meal at Tour d’Argent, they may have first met at McEvoy’s home in Paris.

      Here they are arriving at the Odeon Theatre in London for Command Perfornance of The Forsthye Saga:

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      Before their relationship went overly rocky, here’s the princess helping Errol select costumes for “Rocky Mountain”:

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    • Gentleman Tim

      July 14, 2018 at 8:55 pm

      She may still be living in Paris, Ada. She may even be willing for an interview, one never knows – though she may still be steaming over the first edition of MWWW.

      Here’s a prior EFB post that may help all the Flynnvestigators out there:

      Finding Irene

       
 
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