idea for the number about the colossal Cockney liar, which turned out
to be one of the high spots of the picture, was his own. He thought
of it while sitting around the set with Judith Anderson one day, telling
her Cockney stories.
to the popular impression, Errol spends a great deal of time alone. He
likes being by himself in his charming home set high on the ridge of Mulholland
This undoubtedly is the reason for the strange pattern of his off-again-on-again marriage to Nora Eddington - this intermittent need for being a one-man unit unto himself. It began in typical "It's my own business" Flynn style.
The Hollywood gossips had had a field day discussing the romance, but not even the most imaginative of them had guessed a secret marriage.
one day, Jimmy Fidler in a broadcast announced that a few days previously
the birth of a baby, Deirdre Flynn Eddington, had been duly recorded in
Mexico City. The baby had been born on January 10, 1945.
The wire services picked up the flash, and their representatives besieged Errol, who was in Mexico City at the time.
The "Dierdre Flynn Eddington" had thrown them off the track until inquiry revealed that in Mexico when the birth of a baby is registered,
the father's surname is given first, then the mother's.
When the press finally got to Flynn he flatly denied the marriage. He went back to the United States, still denying it. But when Nora and the baby arrived in Hollywood by plane a month or so later, she confirmed the marriage. She had become Mrs. Flynn, she told reporters, in Acapulco, Mexico, in August of 1943.
Errol stopped denying their marriage. continue