October 13, 2010

Review: Errol & Olivia: Ego & Obsession in Golden Era Hollywood




A groundbreaking Hollywood biography, the first ever on the topic, Errol & Olivia goes behind the scenes of Golden Era Hollywood to tell the true story of Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland, two great stars who battled the studio system and sometimes each other in the name of ego and obsession to achieve screen immortality in some of the greatest motion pictures of all time. 

Author Robert Matzen, friend to many of Errol Flynn's family members and associates, digs deep into the records of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Warner Brothers Archives at the University of Southern California, and many other rare collections to bring to life the story of Errol & Olivia—two sexy, complex, beautiful, and unhappy people who grew up together during Hollywood’s Golden Era. Theirs was a tempestuous relationship that spanned love, hate, friendship, and, ultimately, a deep and timeless connection that endured. 

Errol Flynn: movie star, writer, fearless adventurer and Hollywood bad boy who loved and left a legion of women as he searched in vain for inner peace and romantic contentment. 

Olivia de Havilland: career-minded artist and fiercely independent modern woman who single-handedly brought down the Hollywood studio system and found acting success on her own terms. 

Did you know that Errol and Olivia:



  • Were the most financially successful love team of Hollywood's Golden Era?




  • Had an astonishing number of things in common when they met in 1935?




  • Were infatuated with each other at first sight (but he was already married to sexy French actress Lili Damita)?




  • Almost made Gone With the Wind together?




  • Never stayed married to anyone for long?




  • Lived "happily ever after" in only four of the eight pictures they made together?
    From Errol & Olivia

    This book is a must-have for any classic film fan.  There is a lot of fun information about the stars and learning about them at different stages of their lives was a real treat.  Errol & Olivia made me look at celebrities in a new light.  This would make a perfect gift!

    Paladin Communications
    October 1, 2010
    224 pages
    $39.95 US
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    Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for free.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine.  If you purchase a book using my Amazon or Barnes and Noble link, I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.

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