Make-believe, love and regret, Olivia de Havilland and Errol Flynn

Olivia de Havilland, co-star in eight Flynn films:

on the lot, The Adventures of Robin Hood
on the lot, The Adventures of Robin Hood

“He was a charming and magnetic man, but so tormented. I had a crush on him, and later I found he did for me. In fact, he proposed, but he was not divorced from Lili Damita so it was just as well that I said no.”

Annex - Flynn, Errol (Adventures of Robin Hood, The)_11

“Years later,” de Havilland continued, “I had an unhappy experience in Hollywood. A tall man kissed me on the back of the neck at a party and I whirled around in anger and said, ‘Do I know you?’ Then I realized it was Errol. He had changed so. His eyes were so sad. I had stared into them in enough movies to know his spirit was gone.”

While living in Paris twenty years after the filming of “The Adventures of Robin Hood,” de Havilland saw a rerun of the movie and wrote Flynn a long letter telling him it had brought back fond memories. “It was an apology, twenty years later,” she recalled. “Seeing ‘Robin Hood’ after all those years made me realize how good all our adventure films were, and I wrote Errol that I was glad I had been in every scene of them. But I tore up the letter. I reconsidered, deciding Errol would think I was silly. I’ll always be sorry I didn’t mail that letter. A few months later, he was dead.”

via Errol Flynn – Rogue Hero ||| Quotes.


  1. Oh now you’ve done it! You made me cry, both you and Olivia made ol’ Lanier weep. I shall forgive you both in an hour. In the meantime that scene is one of the most romantic ever filmed, wouldn’t you agree? And that score just soars right to my heartstrings.

  2. They really did have a LOT of chemistry, didn’t they? What a sad story she told, of writing then tearing up the letter. Just goes to show that you should always tell people you appreciate them, because you never know…

  3. I just saw this Robin Hood for the first time and I finally understand the magic of the R.H. legend. Now I can’t imagine anyone but Flynn embodying that dashing folk-hero. And I love every moment with De Havilland, but especially the banquet in the woods where they first fall in love over legs of mutton, compassionate charity and lively revolt . Perfect
    Your DeHavilland excerpts are poignant and wonderful. Its a thrill to know that chemistry was really real!

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