Thanks Alison and Sue Sue. I'm always timid about saying that I knew or heard it from "this person" or "that person", but if it fits the story, I'm glad you're okay with it and don't think I'm merely being a fatheaded showoff.
I'm sure the rape trial didn't help, Alison, but basically Errol had to live life on his own terms. He crammed more into 50 years than most people would if they could live two or three lifetimes. But Errol always felt he was destined for a short life. Surprisingly for such a sterling physical specimen, he suffered from a number of health concerns, ranging from recurrences of malaria to a crippling sinus condition that would especially become aggravated during gunfight scenes where explosives were used.
I do remember Robert telling me that Errol's first wife Lili Damita knew that her marriage to Errol was over the night of the Captain Blood premiere. And, of course, shortly afterwards it was. He also mentioned that despite his carousing and active night life, there were other occasions when Errol preferred to simply be a homebody, locking himself in his study either to read or write. As you surely know, Errol had two of his books published. Another buddy of mine, who was close to Errol (and in fact lived with him for a while during the 40s) has an inscribed copy of Beam Ends which he protects like the Crown Jewels.