Flynn vs. Flynn
Photoplay magazine, June 1946

Another pal is director Raoul Walsh. Their friendship started when Errol's usual director, Michael Curtiz, was busy on another assignment and couldn't take over when one of Flynn's pictures was ready to start. Errol took a chance on Walsh, then liked his work so well he's asked for him on most of his pictures since. It was by way of being a comeback for Walsh.
John Decker, the artist, is another close crony. Their mutual interest in art and the late John Barrymore was the basis for their friendship. Decker painted a portrait of Barrymore and Flynn went over to see it. They've been buddies ever since.
In fact, they opened an art gallery together in Beverly Hills. Errol's own collection is magnificent, though very small because at the moment he hasn't enough money to increase it. Boats are expensive, too. But more of that anon.
The Flynn generosity is somethng you hear very little about. Few people know that he did his Cockney song-and-dance number in "Thank Your Lucky Stars" without salary. What he earned he turned over to the Hollywood Canteen.

The 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.
It seemed like a wonderful idea, until the time came to do it. Then he realized that the cost to him would be more than mere money. It was probably the only time in his life that he was really afraid of anything. Never before had he done a song-and-dance number, and on the day they started shooting he was scared stiff. If he weren't the kind of guy who likes to finish what he starts he would have given up. Besides - there was the Hollywood Canteen.

Contrary 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 Drive.
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.
Then 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
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