Errol Flynn's Madcap Marriage, pg. 3
Movie Mirror magazine, May 1936

They met again at a party. Errol was surprised to find himself enjoying the situation. He asked Lili if he could see her again. There was her chance to put him in his place. She'd say no to him, of course. She said yes.
Yet neither of them suspected a thing until they stumbled on the bliss of making up. One night when they were quarreling, Lili's dark eyes snapped with anger. It occurred to Errol that she was very beautiful, even when she was so angry.

Suddenly, he took her into his arms and kissed her.
"Why, I thought you hated me," gasped Lili.
"Hate you! You darling! But I thought---"
That kiss was the beginning of the end, though neither of them recognized it at the time.
Always before that, Errol had been able to control his own destiny. Independence had been his watchword. He was a rebel, untamed, untameable. At ten he accompanied his father, professor of biology at the University of Belfast, Ireland on a scientific expedition to Tasmania. After that nothing could hold him back. He rebelled against the boring routine of schools in London and Paris. When three headmasters in turn expelled him, he shipped for the China Seas.

Adventures came crowding into his life because he was reckless and daring. He faced terror when he was surrounded by savages in the jungle interior; was shipwrecked when the schooner he had bought to operate as a freighter sank beneath him. He settled in New Guinea, where he mined for gold and diamonds.
That he is in pictures at all is an aftermath of a casual swim. He was diving about in a picturesque pool in New Guinea when two Englishmen, making a travelogue, passed and photographed him. A year later they reappeared, bound for Tahiti. When they found that Errol was still in New Guinea, they urged him to play the lead in a sea drama.
Willing to try anything once, he went with them. But the movie landed on a shelf in London. However, the episode had stirred a new desire. Determined to try acting, Errol hastened to England, where he got several parts in stage plays. Then he was observed by a Hollywood scout, who invited him to come to America.
When Errol fell in love with Lili, he realized that his cherished independence was in danger. "For the first time in my life," he told me, "I was up against something out of my control." He knew that once a man marries, his happiness depends largely upon another person.
Lili, who had always been so capricious with all her suitors, was also overwhelmed at what was happening to her heart. She, too, had always been proud of her independence. The daughter of a French engineer, at nineteen she was starred in a Casino de Paris revue. Later she starred in English and German films, till Samuel Goldwyn discovered her and gave her the leading feminine role opposite Ronald Colman in "The Rescue." She played leading roles in such pictures as "The Bridge of San Luis Rey" and "Cock-Eyed World."
She had always shied away from marriage. Was she going o surrender her will into the keeping of this man with the carefree manner? Was she who had never let any man tame her going to allow love to bend and break her?
She made up her mind she'd say no to his wooing. But again she said yes.
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