Xmas for Xenia in Zurich

07 Jan

The Twelfth Day of Christmas, 1939

Harrison Carroll
LA Evening Herald Express

Those who saw Errol Flynn knock out polo player Alden Roar should have seen him yesterday — talking for six minutes in stumbling French to a sick youngster in a Zurich sanitarium. It gave quite a different slant on the Irish star ….. Easy to picture, too, the thrill of the 12-year old girl at the other end of the line. Her name is Xenia Thorn and she has been in the Swiss sanitarium for two years, victim of a lingering illness.

About a month ago, Kelly Anthony, head of the hospital, wrote Flynn about the girl….saying Flynn was her idol and asking the star to arrange some time after the holidays to make the call. Enclosed was a check to pay for three minutes. Flynn doubled the time, paid the rest himself.

I don’t know the name of the sanitarium, only that it was in Zurich, in 1938. Perhaps Trolley No. 55 passes by it during its zipping around Zurich is this film clip from 1938:

— Tim


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  1. Debbyphielix

    January 7, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    It shows the wonderful personality of Errol. The media should have concentrated more on this side of Errol instead of banging on about his drinking, and so called womanizing.

    • Gentleman Tim

      January 7, 2021 at 11:33 pm

      I agree, Debby. I believe Errol greatly liked and enjoyed people, and was often even very concerned that they enjoyed their lives. “Womanizer” is a weird and ill-suited word in my opinion to use for someone who is chased by women, as was Errol, perhaps more than anyone else on Earth.

  2. catschutz

    January 8, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    Just shows that he had a good heart….there was so much more to the man than just good looks…❤️