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1939 ended with Errol Flynn becoming a major star. His movie with Bette Davis, The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, showcased both stars. While Bette wasn’t thrilled performing with Errol, Errol also had serious reservations about working with Bette. In one scene, Bette, who was wearing a heavy ring, smacked him so hard across the face that she hurt him. Errol never forgot this and the two never grew close.

At one point, the studio had wanted Bette Davis for the part of Scarlett O’Hara, but she would have had to play opposite Errol Flynn. Bette refused to do this and lost the part of Scarlett. Life, however, has a way of twisting our minds and altering our perceptions. Later in life, as an older woman, Bette once watched Errol on screen with Olivia de Havilland. She turned to Olivia and said “Oh my, he really was a good actor.” How sad Errol never got to hear those words.

It is important to note that in 1938 Errol worked with Bette Davis in an earlier movie called The Sisters. I love this movie. It is one of my favorites, and I think the poster and stills are gorgeous.

The 40’s brought other great roles for Flynn, like The Sea Hawk, Dawn Patrol and That Forsyte Woman.

The Sea Hawk, again, cast Errol as a pirate. Handsome, agile and charismatic, Errol was in his element and the movie was wonderful. They Died with Their Boots On was Errol’s last movie with the beautiful Olivia de Havilland. Errol played General George Armstrong Custer and he did a wonderful job. There’s a poignancy to this movie. Custer would die at the end, as everyone knows. Errol and Olivia had made 8 films together, but Olivia sensed that this would be their last film together and I think it shows on screen.

You can see the chemistry on screen between Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. There was a connection, but how far it went, no one ever knew. Olivia liked him a lot, but she also knew Errol’s nature.

The variety of roles that Errol played showcased his range and talent but it was hard for him to live down his reputation as a wild ladies man. Perhaps his reputation limited the kinds of roles that he was offered. He wanted to be a serious actor and to be taken seriously, but that would come later in his career.

A rape trial in the early 40’s devastated him. He was justifiably acquitted but he was psychically scarred. Drugs and alcohol were a major part of his life. He had everything that a man could desire but he found life difficult and challenging. During the 40’s, he married the lovely Nora Eddington with whom he had two beautiful daughters, Deidre and Rory. His son, Sean, from Lili was born in 1941 and all the children became close.

The 50’s were looming ahead. The war was over, the world was changing. Errol was facing the advancing years. The high living was beginning to take its toll but yet some of his best roles were ahead of him.


By the 1950’s, Errol’s life moved in many different directions. It’s important to note, that even though Errol was getting noticeably older in the early 1950’s, the studios still tried to cast him as a heartthrob in movies like Against All Flags and The Master of Ballantrae.

Two of his greatest roles were in The Sun also Rises and Too Much, Too Soon, which was the story of the late John Barrymore. Errol and Barrymore had become friends. He identified with him. They both liked the high life. By the mid-50’s, Errol was showing his years prematurely but the roles he played proved to Hollywood that, in truth, he was a great actor. In his early years the “powers that be” wanted to show off his physical beauty, so perhaps he wasn’t afforded the opportunity to play the truly challenging roles early in his career.

By the end of the 1950’s, Errol, only 50 himself, faced the end of his life. He had lived fully, recklessly and zestfully. He had been successful and loved. He faced the challenges and knew the end was near. He left the world as he lived it…with a smile and a final bow.

I have many favorite Errol Flynn posters, as you can see in this section. My personal favorite is the one of Errol and Olivia in the Melloy Brothers poster, Captain Blood, where she is in his arms and it is a very realistic looking Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland.