Patrice Wymore Flynn, widow of late silver screen idol Errol Flynn, has died of pulmonary disease at her estate in Portland, Jamaica, according to family spokesman Robb Callahan.
Wymore Flynn was a film and television actress who once starred opposite Frank Sinatra in the original “Ocean’s Eleven,” but was best known as being the last wife of romantic swashbuckling matinee idol Errol Flynn, who died of alcohol-related complications in 1959 at the age of 50.
Wymore Flynn launched her acting career on Broadway in the 1940’s, performing in musicals such as “Hold It!” and “All for Love.” She made her transition to Hollywood in 1950, and co-starred in “Rocky Mountain,” a western starring Errol, which brought the two together. At the time, Flynn was engaged to a Romanian princess, but had his housekeeper break it off, according to his 1959 autobiography, “My Wicked, Wicked Ways.”
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Flynn had written in his memoir, “Patrice typified everything that I was not, and I presumed that she knew what my life was, since my life had been an open newspaper. She could cook Indian curry, she could dance, she could sing, she was reserved, she had beauty, dignity … homebody qualities that go toward making a sensible and lasting marriage.”
Wymore Flynn was born in Miltonvale, Kansas, on Dec. 17, 1926, and grew up in Salina, Kansas. She’d moved to New York in her teens, to work as a model. After Flynn’s death, she’d went on to act in various films and television shows, but eventually returned to the Jamaican cattle ranch she’d shared with her late husband. She was once voted as being the Jamaican cattle rancher of the year in the 1980’s.
Wymore Flynn never remarried, and also defended her late husband’s wicked ways, saying that “He just lost his way.” Flynn was staying with his teenage girlfriend at the time of his death.
Wymore Fynn is survived by her grandson, Luke Flynn.
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