Errol Flynn didn't know it but his Papua New Guinea adventures living on his wits while prospecting for gold or risking his neck sailing a schooner 100's of miles further than was safe to do so on the Sepik River was where he honed his skills for Hollywood. The bars and bordello's of Rabaul were his playground where he encountered every type of misfit, thief and chancer born under the southern hemisphere. He also had to skip town to avoid the unwelcome rumours of him murdering one of the natives and he took a case of malaria with him that would haunt him for the rest of his life. Flynn was a man born for greatness and when Warner Brothers risked casting him, as an unknown actor, as the lead in the 1935 movie Captain Blood it proved a calculated success. His on screen chemistry with his Captain Blood co-star Olivia de Havilland was plain to see and they went on to make a further 8 movies together during which Errol became one of the biggest Hollywood stars of the late 1930's. His next big movie was The Adventures of Robin Hood in 1938 which cemented his legend as the swashbuckling adventurer of the Golden Era of Hollywood. Off screen was more of an amorous adventure as his womanising ways began to make more headlines than his leading roles. He was an insatiable lover and even Sally Stanford who was the madam of the upmarket San Francisco bordello on Pine Street was staggered by his libido as she was quoted as saying: "He was the only customer I ever had who tested all of the talent, including both shifts, twice". His hard drinking and hard living ways all came with a price, he had done more in his 50 years on this planet than most could do in several lifetimes and the grim reaper came for him as his body gave up the ghost whilst he was selling his yacht in Vancouver. He was quick with a quip too, so here is my compilation of 12 of the best Errol Flynn quotes
- Mini Bio
- Name: Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn
- Born: 20th June 1909, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
- Died: 14th October 1959, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
- Alma mater: South West London College
- Occupation: Actor
- Nicknames: The Baron, Satan's Angel, Flynny and The Tasmanian Devil
- Height: 6' 2" (1.88 m)
- Marriage resume: Lili Damita: 29th June 1935 - 8th April 1942 (div), Nora Eddington: 12th August 1943 - 8th July 1949 (div) and Patrice Wymore: 23th October 1950 - 14th October 1959 (his death)
- Controversy: A highly publicised 1942 rape trial threatened to derail his acting career but he was eventually acquitted on all charges. During break times during the trial he successfully met, wooed and eventually married his second wife who worked at the court room cafe
- Trivia: His legendary womanising inspired the phrase "In Like Flynn" for the ease in which he could seduce a woman
- Quotes about Errol Flynn: Olivia de Havilland spoke fondly of what could have been: "Yes, we did fall in love and I believe that this is evident in the screen chemistry between us. But his circumstances at the time prevented the relationship going further. I have not talked about it a great deal but the relationship was not consummated. Chemistry was there though. It was there"
"My problem lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income"
"I believe I'm going to front the essentials of life to see if I can learn what it has to teach and, above all, not to discover when I come to die that I have not lived"
"I know if I touch the arm of a girl or woman who fires me I have got to go as far as she will let me"
"By instinct I'm an adventurer; by choice I'd like to be a writer; by pure, unadulterated luck, I'm an actor"
"The public has always expected me to be a playboy, and a decent chap never lets his public down"
"Any man who dies with more than $10000 to his name is a failure"
"They've great respect for the dead in Hollywood, but none for the living"
"I intend to live the first half of my life. I don't care about the rest"
"It isn't what they say about you, it's what they whisper"
"Women won't let me stay single, and I won't let myself stay married"
"My life will be devoted to women and litigation"
"I like my whisky old and my women young"
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