Later Lil‘

29 Mar

Dear Flynnstones,

in later years Lili Damita became a fixture in the social circles of Palm Beach. Always the diva no ray of sun was to alter her skin of porcelain.


— shangheinz


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  1. Ralph Schiller

    March 30, 2023 at 2:04 pm

    Hollywood Heinz;

    Thank-you for this photograph which proves Lili Damita’s great beauty never faded and that she adored her son Sean.

    • shangheinz

      March 31, 2023 at 5:22 am

      So true, Ralph Rayburn:…


        April 1, 2023 at 6:25 am

        Thank you Shangheinz for posting that link to the Palm Beach Daily News article about Lili Damita and son Sean Flynn. I had not known about the death of Sean’s friend, Tim Page. Page actually appears as an extra in Sean’s last film, “Five Ashore in Singapore”. It should be noted that while Sean had railed vehemently against his father in a letter found with Lili’s possessions; in the information found in Florczak’s book about Errol, a letter from Sean has Sean asking his father for advice and money to which Errol responded by giving Sean the requested advise and money. The letter to Errol is dated after the letter found among Lili’s possessions. So even though Sean had cursed out his father in a letter to his mother, in a letter to his father he still seeks out advise from his father. It should also be noted that a picture of Sean with Pat Wymore at Errol’s funeral is incorrectly listed as being a picture of Lili and Sean. I seem to recall that Lili did not attend Errol’s funeral. If I am wrong, someone please correct me. Any way I found the article most interesting.-A. R.


        April 2, 2023 at 4:15 pm

        Thank you, shangheinz for posting a link to the article. I had not been aware of Tim Page’s passing. (Page went with Sean when he went to Singapore to film his last leading role in “Five Ashore in Singapore”. Page can be seen as an extra in one of the crowd scenes.) Did anyone notice the picture labeled “Sean and Lili arriving at Errol’s funeral.” I’m pretty sure that that is a picture of Pat Wymore and Sean, as I have seen other pictures of Pat and Sean at Errol’s funeral and the female in those pictures looks like the female in this picture. As a matter of fact and some one may correct me, but wasn’t it a fact that none of Errol’s exes were at Errol’s funeral. Any way interesting article and picture of Sean and Lili–A. R.

        • Ralph Schiller

          April 2, 2023 at 5:13 pm

          I agree with ILIKEFLYNN that is actually Patrice Wymore in the picture with Sean.

          • shangheinz

            April 3, 2023 at 11:43 am


            “I will never speak again to whoever attends my funeral.“ I think Errol said something like that, though the quip may be attributed more to Stan Laurel. Ain’t that right, Desert‘s-favorite-son Ralph? Lil‘ was not there, neither was Nora. Not to mansion Beverly. The pallbearers choice was appalling, with a true friend and king of the jungle Johnny Weissmüller having to look on a passing casket with Flynn‘s attorney at the helm, Mike Romanoff barely hanging on and Otto-what’s his name winging it.

            • Ralph Schiller

              April 5, 2023 at 2:19 am

              Mickey Rooney was one of the pallbearers but hidden in this photo.

          • shangheinz

            April 7, 2023 at 9:04 pm


            As was Big Boy. He and Tarzan had something in common: Lupe Velez. Both hunks were at a loss to tame her temperament. As was Gary Cooper. After their shoot out break up, Coop was ever so ready for High Noon. The only one who got away unscathed from the Mexican Spitfire, seems to have been Errol.

            • Ralph Schiller

              April 10, 2023 at 1:59 am

              Holmes Heinz; There was a new biography on the life of the “Mexican Spitfire” Lupe Velez that finally gave the real reason for her suicide. Ms. Velez was with child and Hollywood blamed her shady boyfriend who did not want to marry her. He was not the father of the child. Someone else was, and this person dumped Lupe like a red hot potato. Then she felt she had nothing to live for.

              • shangheinz

                April 10, 2023 at 5:46 am


                Ralph Waldo Ellison, you and I wrote that bio years ago here:…
                Austrian actor Harald Maresch was stuck up Frenchman‘s Creek after Lupe took her own life. He had to come back to Germany to find work.

                • Ralph Schiller

                  April 10, 2023 at 6:09 pm

                  Yes Heinz; The recent book “Lupe Velez: The Life And Career Of Hollywood’s Mexican Spitfire” by Michelle Vogel names the true father of her unborn baby and it was not Harold Maresch. It was her old flame Gary Cooper, who let Harold take the blame for her suicide.

                  • shangheinz

                    April 11, 2023 at 2:47 pm


                    Ralph, Coop was brought along by George Raft from NY. Talk about a mob mentality. He was introduced to Countess Dorothy DiFrasso (…), who took it on herself to refine Gary’s manners. They went to Europe by cruise ship to achieve just that. Hollywood mockery went like this: Gary Cooper crossed the Atlantic on the DiFrasso.

        • shangheinz

          April 3, 2023 at 11:24 am


          Glad you liked it, A.R. Tim Page and Sean Flynn vowed to each other, they had had it with Vietnam, when they came under friendly fire on May 23rd of 1966. Page lies here on a stretcher with Sean assisting with the rescue:…

        • David DeWitt

          April 7, 2023 at 6:10 pm

          Nora, Rory, Deirdre & Sean attended.

          • shangheinz

            April 7, 2023 at 9:07 pm

            Are you sure, David? I saw only pictures of the girls arriving with Marge. An older Marge with glasses as shown in a photo side by side with Flynn in the book “Errol & Me”. Deirdre looked very much like her mother at the time.

            • David DeWitt

              April 10, 2023 at 2:07 am

              Yep! I am sure. :)

            • David DeWitt

              April 10, 2023 at 2:31 am


              • shangheinz

                April 11, 2023 at 5:21 pm


                Here is a pic of Nora, to settle the score-a. It shows her around the time of Errol`s untimely death.