LOVING ERROL FLYNN
The personality of the famous Hollywood actor Eroll Flynn is striking in its diversity: handsome, talented, successful, reckless. Even before reaching his 18th birthday, he managed to see and experience as much as many people fail to do in their entire lives.
But his main distinguishing feature was some kind of pathological love. In comparison with him, the most famous heroes-lovers – Don Juan and Casanova seem to be amateurs against the background of a professional.
FLYNN ‘S YOUTH
Flynn at the College of South-West London in 1923.
Errol Flynn was born in 1909 on the Australian island of Tasmania, in the family of a marine biologist. He lost his innocence at the age of 13 with a young maid of his school teacher. When their relationship became known, Errol wanted to be expelled from school in Sydney. But they left it out of respect for his father, Professor Theodore Flynn. However, two years later, they were still kicked out of the educational institution when Erroll was caught in the basement of the school having sex on a pile of coal with the daughter of the school laundress.
But the young adventurer was only glad to get rid of boring teaching. Although he was only 15 years old, but he wanted to show his parents that he could already provide for himself, and therefore got a job as a clerk in a Sydney shipping company. But working as a clerk also turned out to be boring. The only thing that brightened her up was that three Dibbs sisters-Miriam, Naomi and Cecilia-became his mistresses in the shipping company at once. Moreover, they did not sleep with him separately, but all together, arranging group orgies. Flynn lasted only a year as a clerk, and at the age of 16 he rushed to New Guinea in pursuit of adventures. And then in six years he tried many professions, including a manager on a tobacco plantation, a cook, a policeman, a pearl diver, a gold digger, a journalist, a bouncer in the brothels of Hong Kong. Everywhere and always his activities were accompanied by love adventures. Somehow he seduced the 15-year-old daughter of an Italian barber. And the attitude of Italians to family values is known. When the girl’s relatives caught Errol during a visit to her, he miraculously escaped a brutal massacre by jumping out of the window and landing successfully on the awning below, which collapsed and covered his pursuers.
THE WAY TO THE CINEMA
One can only wonder how talented and lucky Flynn was. At the age of 20, he got his own yacht «Sirocco», on which he and his friends traveled from Australia to New Guinea. He wrote a book about this journey, which was published in 1937. In 1930, German film producer Hermann Erben was making a film about crocodiles in New Guinea and hired Errol’s yacht to travel along the Sepik River. Not only crocodiles got into the film, but also the brave yacht captain Flynn. Footage of him caught the eye of an Australian producer who was shooting a film about the history of Pitcairn Island, and he invited Flynn to participate in the filming. He participated and was imbued with the magic of cinema.
Errol Flynn as Captain Blood
It is not clear how everything turned out so easily and simply for him, without education, experience and connections. Flynn went to the UK in 1933, penniless. When it came time to pay for the hotel, he had to act out an appendicitis attack. But further events unfolded as if in a fairy tale. Flynn was not just hired to play in a London theater, but also offered to star in a film. His appearance on the screen was considered a success, and in 1934 Errol was invited to Hollywood. The fairy tale continued. By chance, when in 1935 the actor Robert Donat refused the main role in the film «The Odyssey of Captain Blood», he had to look for a replacement in a hurry and the choice fell on the textured Flynn. The film was a success and in 1936 was nominated for an Oscar in five categories. And he made Errol the star of the screen.
Flynn in the 1938 film The Adventures of Robin Hood
Soon he had no end of offers to star in a movie. And he was given exclusively winning roles – noble heroes who shone with courage and conquered the hearts of beauties. His new great success was the main role in the 1938 film The Adventures of Robin Hood, which was awarded three Oscars.
Fate not only favored Flynn, but also protected him. Once on a steamer, he was almost shot by a jealous Japanese when Errol seduced his wife. In 1937, Flynn and a friend went for thrills to Spain, where at that time there was a Civil War. There he was severely concussed by a grenade explosion, but survived and returned to Hollywood.
Despite the fact that in America Errol married actress Lily Damita in 1935, he did not change his habits and did not get out of women’s beds. The wife was scandalous, once she broke a bottle of champagne on his head, but she could not do anything about her husband’s nature. Moreover, Flynn, who had lost the status of a movie star, had no end of fans. Yes, in addition to that, he also lured aspiring actresses into his bed with the promise of helping them promote in the cinema. He specifically went to cast actresses with director Raoul Walsh. However, almost none of those with whom he slept, then did not help.
Errol Flynn in the courtroom. Peggy Satterlee is in the background.
And yet, love almost drove Errol to prison. At first, 15-year-old Peggy Satterlee complained that he, having invited her to ride on his yacht «Sirocco», had drunk her senseless. and then he possessed her. Even if sex between them happened by mutual consent, an affair with a minor was considered a crime under California law, and if the actor was found guilty of rape, he could face 30 years in prison. But he got away with bribing one of the deputy district attorney, who did not give the case a go.
Betty Hansen enters the courtroom for Flynn’s trial. January 12, 1943
However, Errol did not draw conclusions for himself. And soon he was visited by another 17-year-old Betty Hansen, who came to Hollywood from Nebraska to become an actress and at the party became a victim of Flynn’s lust. After that, the Satterlee and Hansen rape cases were merged, and in February 1943, a hearing on them was held in a Los Angeles court. Errol was saved by his lawyer, Jerry Gisler. First of all, he managed to get six of the nine jurors to be women. And almost all the women of America were crazy about Flynn on the cinema screen at that time. In court, the lawyer literally muddied the young applicants. For example, he forced Hansen to admit that she knows firsthand what oral sex is, and this type of sex was then considered a criminal offense in California. And from Satterlee, he extracted a confession that she had an abortion before Flynn after having an affair with a married man.
As a result, on February 9, ten of the twelve jurors found Flynn not guilty, and he was acquitted. This decision was almost received with an ovation by numerous fans of the actor who gathered outside the courthouse. And those who stayed at home wrote letters in support of him. He received 16 thousand such messages.
But Flynn himself did not waste time during the trial. He managed to seduce 17-year-old Nora Eddington, the daughter of the head of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, who worked part-time in court selling cigars and sweets. However, he bravely held on until she turned 18. And then, after getting drunk and snorting cocaine, he dragged her into the bedroom and took his soul away. According to Nora, Errol looked so bestial that it just paralyzed her. However, when Nora became pregnant, Flynn promised to marry her and kept his word. But he didn’t improve.
REVELRY AND DEATH
During the trial of Errol, the popular expression «In like Flynn» appeared, which meant behaving in the style of Flynn. Something like the Russian expression, «had everything that moves.» Errol didn’t have enough, he wanted novelty. Perhaps the apotheosis of his riotous life came after his marriage to Nora. He bought her a house in Hollywood, and he lived in Mulholland Drive, where he regularly arranged real orgies. All the guests had to undress to the goal, then they watched porn movies, simultaneously copulating with each other and the owner of the house, and he installed a two-way mirror in his bedroom, and also watched so that no one shirked.
Flynn died of a heart attack on October 14, 1959 at the age of 50. One of the people who participated in the autopsy of his body, then very curiously told: «In front of me on the operating table lay the body of an old man, a reckless person who defied medicine and human nature with his incessant smoking, unrestrained drunkenness and drug use. He lived as he wanted, and his end was what he dreamed of- instantaneous.»
Errol Flynn and Bugsy Siegel
They say that in 1937, for the release of «Robin Hood», the most successful film with Flynn, the producers had to unfasten «Cosa Nostra» 250 thousand dollars. The representative of the mafia in Hollywood, Bugsy Siegel, allegedly imposed a tribute on the performer of the main role, demanding from him 25 percent of the contract amount, promising that if he did not pay, he would be found in a «concrete suit» at the bottom of Sacramento. And Errol paid.
*Translated using an electronic dictionary. The original text in Russian and much more on the criminal topic can be selected on the main page of the site — http://crimerecords.info/