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Liliane Marie Madeleine Loomis (Carré)

Also Known As: "Lily Damita", "Lily Deslys"
Birthdate: (89)
Birthplace: Blaye, Aquitania, France
Death: March 21, 1994 (89)
Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida, United States (Alzheimer's disease)
Place of Burial: Fort Dodge, IA, USA
Immediate Family:

Wife of Allen Loomis
Ex-wife of Michael Curtiz and Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn
Mother of Sean Leslie Flynn

Occupation: Actress
Managed by: Private User
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About Lily Damita

Born Liliane Marie-Madeleine Carré in Blaye, France, she was educated in convents and ballet schools in several European countries, including France, Spain and Portugal. At 14, she was enrolled as a dancer at the Opera de Paris.

By the age of 16 she was performing in popular music halls, eventually appearing in the Revue at the Casino de Paris.She also worked as a photographic model. Offered a role in film as a prize for winning a magazine beauty competition in 1921, she appeared in several silent films before being offered her first leading role in Das Spielzeug von Paris (1925) by Hungarian-born director Michael Curtiz, whom she married in 1925 (they divorced a year later). She was an instant success, and Curtiz directed her in two more films: Fiaker Nr 13 (1926) and Der Goldene Schmetterling (1926). In the latter film, her acting was exceptionally good. Damita continued appearing in German productions directed by Robert Wiene (Die Grosse Abenteuerin; 1927), G. W. Pabst (Man Spielt nicht mit der Liebe; 1926), and British director Graham Cutts (The Queen Was in the Parlour; 1927).

In 1935 she married her second husband, a virtual unknown who would become Hollywood's biggest box office attraction, Errol Flynn, with whom she had a son, Sean Leslie Flynn (born 1941). Following the marriage, she retired from the screen. The couple divorced in 1942. (Barbara Hershey portrayed her in the TV film My Wicked, Wicked Ways (1985) based on Errol Flynn's biography.)

While living in Palm Beach, Florida, Damita married Allen Loomis, a retired Fort Dodge, Iowa dairy owner, and spent part of each year living there.

During the Vietnam War, her son Sean Flynn was working as a freelance photo journalist under contract to Time magazine when he and fellow journalist Dana Stone went missing on the road south of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on April 6, 1970. Although Damita spent an enormous amount of money searching for her son, he was never found, and in 1984 Sean Leslie Flynn was declared legally dead. According to the New York Daily News, it is very likely his remains were handed over to the U.S. embassy on March 2010.

Selected filmography

   * L'Empereur des pauvres (1922, serial)
   * Corsica (1922)
   * La Voyante (1923)
   * Das Spielzeug von Paris (1925)
   * Fiaker Nr 13 (Cab No. 13) (1926)
   * Geheimnisse einer Seele (Secrets of a Soul) (1926)
   * Der Goldene Schmetterling (The Golden Butterfly) (1926)
   * Man Spielt nicht mit der Liebe (One Does Not Play with Love) (1926)
   * The Queen Was in the Parlour, aka Forbidden Love (1927)
   * The Rescue (1929)
   * The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1929)
   * The Cock-Eyed World (1929)
   * Fighting Caravans (1931)
   * This Is the Night (1932)
   * Une Heure pres de Toi (1932, French-language version of One Hour With You)
   * The Match King (1932)
   * Goldie Gets Along (1933)
   * Brewster's Millions (1935)
   * Frisco Kid (1935)

Selected stage musicals

   * On Dit Ça, Paris (1923)
   * Sons o'Guns, New York (1929/30)
   * Here's How, London (1934)




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Lily Damita's Timeline

July 10, 1904
Blaye, Aquitania, France
May 31, 1941
Age 36
Los Angeles, CA, USA
March 21, 1994
Age 89
Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida, United States
Fort Dodge, IA, USA