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Old Errol Flynn estate
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1987
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Errol Flynn was born on June 20, 1909 in Tasmania. He was an actor known for his romantic swashbuckler roles in Hollywood films and for his playboy lifestyle. After leaving Australia, Flynn spent time in England, seeking acting roles. He traveled to the United States in 1934 and signed with Warner Brothers Studio. He became an instant celebrity after the release of his first American film, Captain Blood. He became a naturalized American citizen in 1942. The actor had many health problems including chronic back pain, tuberculosis, malaria and venereal diseases, and was not eligible to join the armed services during World War II. Warner Brothers decided to conceal his health issues and Flynn was criticized for not serving, which caused his popularity to decline. In 1942, two underage girls, Betty Hansen and Peggy Satterlee, accused Flynn of statutory rape. The scandal was a major story and many of Flynn's movie fans refused to accept that the charges were true. The trial took place in January and February 1943, and Flynn was acquitted after the defense lawyer attacked the girls' morals and characters. Even though he was acquitted, the trial's scandalous nature permanently damaged his screen image as a romantic leading man, especially with female moviegoers. His failure to join the military, the scandal, and the changing taste of filmgoers after the war effectively ended Flynn's career. He was released from his contract with Warner Brothers in 1950. During the 1950s, in financial ruin, Flynn traveled and acted sporadically, mostly in England. His career had a brief flare-up with an appearance in The sun also rises, in 1957, but his career was not revived. He died on October 14, 1959 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Pictured is a view of the swimming pool on the former Errol Flynn estate. The pool is empty, bushes are growing in the bottom and graffiti is scrawled on the inner walls. An old pool chair sits on the side. In 1941, Flynn built a two-story, country-style home on an 11.5-acre plot of land off of Mulholland Drive and called it "Mulholland Farm." The home was located at 7740 Mulholland Drive. The property was sold in 1959 and again in 1980 to singer Ricky Nelson. After Nelson's death in 1985, the home sat vacant until 1988 when a developer subdivided the land and tore down the original home.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box Flynn, Errol
Flynn, Errol,--1909-1959--Homes and haunts
Nelson, Rick,--1940-1985--Homes and haunts
Dwellings--California--Los Angeles
Swimming pools--California--Los Angeles
Trees--California--Los Angeles
Graffiti--California--Los Angeles
Lost architecture--California--Los Angeles
Hollywood Hills (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles Herald-Examiner photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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