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Errol Flynn Slept Here: The Flynns, the Hamblens, Rick Nelson, and the Most Notorious House in Hollywood Hardcover – February 4, 2009
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Just when you think every bit of Hollywood history and lore has been explored, along comes a book that's inventive, surprising and impossible to put down . . . This handsomely produced volume is the kind of book I intended to browse but wound up reading from cover to cover.” Leonard Maltin, author, Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide
Errol Flynn Slept Here is a voyage into a dark past . . . a fascinating, and thoroughly unexpected slice of cultural history.” Scott Eyman, author, Lion of Hollywood: The Life of Louis B. Mayer
A brilliant account of Errol Flynn’s house in 11 acres of ground on Mulholland Drive which boasted two-way mirrors, secret staircases and sliding panels.” Turner Classic Movies UK
About the Author
Robert Matzen has appeared on BBC 2 and BBC Radio 4 and was the writer and director of George Washington’s First War, Pursuit of Honor, and When the Forest Ran Read. He is the author of Carol Lombard: A Bio-Bibliography and Errol & Olivia. He lives in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania. Michael Mazzone has been a researcher on Golden Age Hollywood for more than 30 years, specializing in John Barrymore, Lillian Gish, and Errol Flynn. He lives in South Point, Ohio.
Top Customer Reviews
Called ERROL FLYNN SLEPT HERE, by Robert Matzen and Michael Mazzone, it not only describes the infamous house that Flynn built, lived in, partied in, loved above all else, and finally lost in a bitterly contested divorce to his first wife, Lili Damita, but gives the reader a wonderful and accurate portrait of how life was in those Golden Years of Hollywood.
I know. I was there.
Take my advice. If you're at all interested in Flynn or how he lived, who his buddies were, who were the glamorous women who flitted in and out of his bedroom, then run don't walk to buy it!
The photos are spectacular; the text superlative.
I knew Flynn well. I was his house guest briefly in the late forties, early fifties. Though that was almost sixty years ago this book brought all my vivid memories flashing back as if they happened yesterday.
Thank you Mr. Matzen and Mr. Mazzone.
Flynn, you magnificent [............], you live and party again!
Steve Hayes, author of - GOOGIE'S: COFFEE SHOP TO THE STARS.
I have known that this book was in the making for years and both Mike and Robert asked me to be a small part in this visually stunning book. I have known Mike Mazzone for close to 30 years and we both had visited Mulholland Farm at different times in 1987. I was very fortunate to be able to go up there for over a year on a daily basis and bring everyone I knew up to the house, to hang out by the pool and walk around in the house.
I feel very honored that all my rare photos, that I took on my many trips up to the house, are a part of this fabulous book. I knew when I met Robert Matzen, that he would write a top notch book. I told Robert and Mike that they could use all the photos I had taken up at the house. I wanted my photos to show everyone out there everything you could possibly imagine about the house, that I hope as a successful filmmaker that I could own. When I received my book I was absolutely blown away. I am so proud of Robert and Mike's work in this book and that all my pictures have now found a home for everyone to see and enjoy.
Like a lot of people out there, I always wondered what the house looked on the inside. I first saw the outside of the house in 1977. It wasn't until 1987 that I was lucky to get into the house. Now, with this book, everyone can get into the house and see the before, during and after photos of this magnificent home.Read more ›
Errol Flynn purchased 11 lush, green acres on top of one of the Hollywood hills and personaly designed his remote castle-like retreat to get away from the world in complete privacy. Near Mulholland Drive, Errol called it his Mulholland farm which was stocked with a menagerie of animals and even had a riding circle, swimming pool, tennis court, and private casino!
This book covers the house and it's infamous secret stairwells and passageways, and what occured within its walls during the 15 years or so Flynn owned it. It's also a detailed chronicle on the rise and fall of Errol Flynn in show business and life.
Author's Matzen and Mazzone continue the saga of the Flynn castle on a mountaintop with new owner Christian radio-recording artist Stuart Hamblen and his family, who lived there for over 20 years. Later the house with much of the outer acres already sub-divided was purchased by "rock 'n roll" star and teen idol Rickey Nelson who lived in the mansion until his ill-fated death in a 1986 plane crash.
The authors have tracked down many people who actually lived in or visited the house during its half-century of existence. Matzen and Mazzone were astonished to learn that this mansion had a life of its own, and write of the strange, eerie, creepy, and bizarre events experienced by its various owners over the years.
Both authors were able to visit the Mulholland farm shortly before its demolition and document the entire mansion and estate inside and out.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well researched. Flynn is a car crash. Except the car is a Jaguar and the victims are every female within five miles of wherever he is. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Gwenn Saiman
Excellent book with wonderful, detailed stories! I sorely wish that the house and property were still there, as is. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Violet Q. Sherburn
Returned my kindle version due to the formatting of the book. The print is light and very difficult to read. Read morePublished 6 months ago by F. Cafoncelli
As a collector of vintage Hollywood books and photos for 40 years, this book intrigued me. I have always wanted to know more about the infamous house on Mullholland owned by Errol... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Maryann Mabry
Could not stop reading this book, a must for any Errol Flynn fan!Published 10 months ago by Mona Lisa Cornwell
The people who wrote this didn't exactly intend for it to be a step-by-step chronicle of a house becoming haunted but that's what it turned out to be. Read morePublished 12 months ago by rain cloud