Nay Paree

14 Dec

Errol gets a 20K pre-Christmas bonus for cancelling his “reconciliation trip” to Paris with Lili.

December 14, 1936

Sheila Graham
Dallas Morning News

Errol Flynn demanded – and received – a $20,000 bonus for cutting off his reconciliation trip with wife Lili Damita, returning to Hollywood in the kiddie story, Prince and the Pauper.


Good-looking Hollywood gossip columnist Sheila Graham had a thing for the very virile Errol, a thing that made her legend of literature lover, F. Scott Fitzgerald, very jealous. At one point, the Mighty Flynn lived in a Garden of Allah bungalow next door to Fitzgerald’s. Sheila resided a block away, but often stayed with Fitzgerald at the Garden of Allah. She wrote the book on Hollywood’s most notorious upscale hotel of hedonism.

— Tim


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  1. rswilltell

    December 16, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    Tim; Can you share us some of the gems inside Sheila Graham’s book on that infamous hotel? She was responsible for getting the great author F. Scott Fitzgerald to write one last novel ironically titled “The Last Tycoon”. It was never finished as Fitzgerald suddenly died. Penguin Books published it as it, and it is outstanding. Graham wrote a book about her love affair with Fitzgerald called “Beloved Infidel” It was turned into a wonderful 1959 film with the same title starring Gregory Peck as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Deborah Kerr as Sheila Graham. Thanks Tim, Ralph Schiller

  2. Gentleman Tim

    December 16, 2019 at 11:10 pm

    I don’t have “The Garden of Allah”, Ralph, but have read excerpts regarding her using Flynn to provoke Fitzgerald into (often drunken) jealously. She would simply say to FSF that Errol was after her, but given Sheila’s legendary reputation for being (very) sexually-liberated, Fitzgerald feared she either gave in to Errol, or was actually the aggressor.

    Here are some “gems” from the Garden, including ones involving Errol, Lili, and Bugsy’s Babe, Virginia Hill, who allegedly worked out extensively with Errol at the G of A – at least until a “drunken brawl” at the Brown Derby,.*


    * “She headed to Hollywood, where one day she got into a loud argument with a date, the famed actor Errol Flynn, at the Brown Derby restaurant. Her name made it into the national gossip columns.”


  3. rswilltell

    December 18, 2019 at 7:15 pm


    I want to thank-you for posting this fabulous article on the famed hotel on Sunset Boulevard! Ralph Schiller