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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 10 July 1904Blaye, Gironde, France
Date of Death 21 March 1994Palm Beach, Florida, USA  (Alzheimer's disease)
Birth NameLiliane Marie Madeleine Carré
Nicknames Tiger Lil
Dynamita
Height 5' 3" (1.6 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Lili was a French Actress who is remembered more for who she married than the movies she appeared in. When the sound revolution came into Hollywood, the studio's scrambled to find actors who could speak lines and record well. It was at this time that Lili burst on the scene. While her accent would always be very noticeable, the novelty of sound overcame the quality of the lines. In the MGM movie The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1929), she played against Ernest Torrence as his love interest. In 1931, she was cast with the young Gary Cooper in the early western Fighting Caravans (1931). After that, her career was almost over as she continued to make just a couple of movies over the next few years. In 1935, she married a hell raiser by the name of Errol Flynn. This rocky tempestuous union lasted until 1942.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tony Fontana

Lili Damita was born Liliane Marie Madeleine Carré on July 10, 1904, in Blaye, France. As a child she studied ballet and attended school in several different countries. By the age of sixteen she was working as a professional model and dancer. In 1921 she won a beauty contest and was offered her first acting role. She appeared in more than a dozen silent films made in Europe. Lili married Hungarian director Michael Curtiz in 1925. They divorced just a year later. Producer Samuel Goldwyn saw Lili and offered her a part in the 1928 romantic adventure The Rescue. American audiences fell in love with the exotic beauty nicknamed "Tiger Lil". She appeared in a string of box office successes including The Cock-Eyed World and This Is The Night. Despite her thick accent she was easily able to make the transition to talkies. In 1935 Lili married actor Errol Flynn and decided to retire from the screen.

Her final role was in the 1938 French film Escadrille of Chance. Errol quickly became a superstar and Lili was now primarily known as his wife. The couple had a son, Sean, in 1940 but their marriage was tumultuous. Errol had many affairs and Lili divorced him in 1942. They would spend years fighting over custody and child support. Lili continued to stay out of the spotlight and focused on raising her son. In 1962 she married dairy farmer Allen R. Loomis and began living part-time in Iowa. Tragedy struck in 1970 when her son Sean went missing during a trip to Cambodia. Lili spent fourteen years and millions of dollars searching for him but he was never found. Sean Flynn was declared legally dead in 1984. By this time Lili was divorced from Allen and suffering from Alzheimer's disease. She died on March 21, 1994 in Palm Beach, Florida at the age of eighty-nine. Lili is buried at Oakland Cemetery in Fort Dodge, Iowa. The epitaph on her tombstone reads "She touched so many lives, brightened so many days."

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Elizabeth Ann

Spouse (3)

Allen R. Loomis (18 May 1962 - 1983) (divorced)
Errol Flynn (19 June 1935 - 8 April 1942) (divorced) (1 child)
Michael Curtiz (1925 - 1926) (divorced)

Trivia (4)

Mother of Sean Flynn (1941 - 1970).
A polyglot. As well as French and English, she was fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and German. She could also speak some Italian and some Hungarian.
After her son Sean Flynn disappeared in Cambodia on April 6, 1970, she spent an enormous amount of money trying to find him but to no avail. She had him declared legally dead in 1984.
In 1935 she got married with the up-and coming actor Errol Flynn, the marriage was dissolved again in 1942.

Personal Quotes (2)

My ambition is not to become the greatest actress in the world but to have the handsomest son in the world.
Marriage is a career itself. It requires full-time. When I do fall in love the career must go.

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