Inherited risk : Errol and Sean Flynn in Hollywood and Vietnam

by Meyers, Jeffrey.

Format: Print Book 2002
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Northland Public Library Biography B FLYNN
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A brilliant father-son biography of the scandalous life of movie star Errol Flynn -- and of his son's equally glamorous yet doomed career as a war photographer in Vietnam On April 6, 1970, the charismatic Sean Flynn rode his motorcycle into a roadblock, was captured by the Vietcong, and vanished into the jungle. Errol's son shared his father's good looks, charm, athleticism, courage, and artistic talent. But Sean also inherited his father's love of risk, compelling him to lead an equally romantic but tragically brief life. The story of both men's chillingly similar lives begins with Errol. He was born in Australia, where his mother either beat him or ignored him. He spent his early adult life in the savage outposts of New Guinea as a tobacco planter, gold prospector, bird trapper, diamond smuggler, and slave trader. By the time fame arrived, drinking, drugs, and sex with underage girls assured him legendary status for recklessness, as well as an early death. Sean was obsessed with his father, a remote and mythical figure. Never able to break free from Errol's overpowering legacy, Sean established his own heroic reputation. The father played a daredevil on screen, the son -- as brilliant and daring as his father -- was driven to increase the stakes. His final gallant and suicidal gesture carried the Flynn tradition to its inevitable conclusion.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Errol and Sean Flynn barely had a relationship but knew one another well enough to have serious issues. Raised by mother Lili Damita, Sean was born into an uncomfortable situation, given that Lili «tricked [Errol] into getting her pregnant after they'd been estranged.» Meyers quotes Lili declaring, «Fleen, you think that you've screwed every dame in Hollywood, but now I've screwed you»--by saddling him with a child whose well-being he was legally obliged to bolster financially. Accepted levels of hyperbole and vitriol aside, Lili's estimation of Errol seems dead on but indicates a strange background on which to pin hopes of family bonding. Meyers considers Flynn fils' often-tortured response to this predicament while he rehashes pere's familiar yet still pleasingly sordid story. Although any decoction on Errol needs no spicing, Sean's ultimate death as a photojournalist in Vietnam gives the intergenerational star bio agreeable Apocalypse Now-ish tang in the finish. This is subject matter far too rich to disappoint, and Meyers' competent preparation of it ensures a toothsome celebrity dish. Mike Tribby."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "The sins of the father resurface in the struggles of the son in Meyers's rollicking double biography of the charismatic movie star Errol Flynn and his equally handsome son, Sean. The life of the elder Flynn is, of course, well known. A native Australian, Errol worked as a gold prospector, pearl diver and correspondent for the Sydney Bulletin before being "discovered" by a Warner Bros. agent. He took America by storm with such classics as Captain Blood and The Sea Hawk. A "Byronic figure," he seduced hundreds of women, brawled with bums and stars alike and consumed astonishing amounts of drugs and alcohol. Inevitably, Sean's much briefer biography suffers by comparison. Only in intermittent contact with his father, Sean grew up to be a B-movie star in Europe in the early 1960s (including a stint as the "Son of Captain Blood") before becoming a freelance photographer in Europe and Vietnam. Both men came to sad, gruesome ends: Errol wasted away from substance abuse; Sean was captured at a Vietcong checkpoint and later executed. As a biographer of Humphrey Bogart, F. Scott Fitzgerald and others, Meyers is well-equipped to chronicle the fabulous self-destructiveness of the devil-may-care Errol and his dashing son. Despite an obvious affection for his subjects, he doesn't shrink from exposing their less attractive features, including Errol's statutory rape trial (a scandal that brought "in like Flynn" into the popular lexicon). Despite the odd structure Errol's hefty life is sandwiched between thin sections about Sean Meyers offers an entertaining, disheartening look at two fascinating men who flew too close to the sun. Agent, Clyde Taylor. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Flynn, Errol, -- 1909-1959.
Flynn, Sean, -- 1941-
Flynn, Errol, -- 1909-1959 -- Family.
Flynn family.
Motion picture actors and actresses -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Simon & Schuster,2002
Language English
Description 368 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 354-356), filmography (page 362), and index.
ISBN 0743210905
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