Place of Death
Palm Beach, Florida, USA
Cause of Death
Claim to Fame
The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Profile Bio Text
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 aged 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 1928, at the invitation of Samuel Goldwyn she went to Hollywood, making her American debut in a film titled The Rescue. Leased out to various studios, she appeared with stars such as Gary Cooper, Maurice Chevalier, Laurence Olivier, Cary Grant, and James Cagney. Her films included the boxoffice successes The Cock-Eyed World (1929), the semi-silent The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1929), and This Is the Night (1932).
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, born in 1941. Following the marriage, she had 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.) Damita eventually remarried (in 1962) to Allen Loomis, a Fort Dodge, Iowa dairy owner.
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 was declared legally dead.
Lili Damita died of Alzheimer`s disease in Palm Beach, Florida at the age of 89, and was interred in the Oakland Cemetery in Fort Dodge, Iowa, her third husband`s hometown.
Full Name at Birth
Liliane Marie-Madeleine Carré
Cedric Gibbons, Dolores Del Rio
Has Detailed Data (New)
Brown - Light
Lili Damita (10 July 1904 – 21 March 1994) was a French-American actress and singer who appeared in 33 films between 1922 and 1937.
Sean Flynn (son) (photojournalist)
Couple Profile Source
www.nndb.com/people/043/000069833/, www.imdb.com/name/nm0198847/, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lili_Damita
Couple Profile Source
Posted by DOUGLAS J. KIRKHAM Oct 10, 2017
Who is the most searched actor and actress on your website?
Posted by jay Oct 8, 2017
where can I buy pictures of IMAN?
Posted by Barbara Westleintg Oct 8, 2017
I have a daughter-in-law who dearly loves you (as do I). I would to give he...
Posted by elvisdreamer Oct 6, 2017
you are so gorgeous. looked fabulous on the fallon show,inthe white dress, ...