charliechaplinfan wrote:Has anyone read Rory's book about her father, advertised here on Amazon
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Baron-Mulhollan ... 430&sr=1-4
It is a very gentle Flynn, and a more traditional father who emerges in Rory's affectionate coffee table book, which features pictures more than text--though she is well aware of her father's foibles and loved him still. I believe that our member VecchioLarry is a friend of Rory Flynn and has mentioned her before. Here is a brief video about Flynn and his beloved home on Mulholland Farm, (now bulldozed and gone for some modern house in its place--maybe it's just as well. Residents said it was haunted by the actor, according to Tracy Nelson--Ricky Nelson's daughter--who lived there for a time). The video is a promo for yet another book, Errol Flynn Slept Here (Paladin), which I know nothing about. Anyone else?
For the best book I've ever read on Flynn as a person and an actor, I would recommend Thomas McNulty's Errol Flynn: The Lfe and Career (McFarland), which is pricey but worth it. This bio is a labor of love, with a healthy distance from the subject and events, the author chronicles Flynn in a way that no one else has been able to--as a troubled man and a hard-working individual who longed to both escape from and to conquer the world of fame, and create something of lasting value. Btw, if you've never read My Wicked, Wicked Ways, the bio that Flynn wrote primarily to make money, you might want to read the edition that includes excerpts from journal entries from Flynn, which indicate a much more reflective side to his personality.
There is a new book that is supposed to be published soon, called Errol Flynn: The True Adventures of a Real-Life Rogue (The Scarecrow Press) by the scholar, Lincoln Douglas Hurst, who died in 2008. Since Hurst reportedly had unprecedented access to the actor's diary and those who knew him, it may be worthwhile reading--if it ever gets published (it was supposed to come out in April).
...he might have been a carouser but there was something else there too, some thing that comes across only from people who were close to him, like Nora Eddington and Shelley Winters. I've always thought Errol was saveable (is that a word?) but unlike Bogie, he didn't meet the person who would give him that important peace of mind and validation. I think he would have been a great character actor in his later years. I'd love to see the film he made about John Barrymore.
Too Much, Too Soon can be purchased in the U.S., though I don't think it is available in the UK...yet. Flynn was very good, though I wished the film had been a John Barrymore bio, instead of poor Diana's sad life.
Before I forget--you might enjoy perusing the very informative and current The Errol Flynn Blog, found here: http://www.theerrolflynnblog.com/blog