Nora Eddington

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Nora Eddington
Aboard the Zaca during filming of The Lady from Shanghai, Errol Flynn, Nora Eddington, Rita Hayworth and Orson Welles celebrate Hayworth's birthday (October 1946)
Born (1924-02-25)February 25, 1924
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died April 10, 2001(2001-04-10) (aged 77)
Glendale, California, U.S.
Occupation American actress, socialite
Spouse(s) Errol Flynn
(married 1943–1949)
Dick Haymes
(married 1949–1953)
Richard Black

Nora Eddington (February 25, 1924 – April 10, 2001) is best known as the second wife of actor Errol Flynn. She was also featured as an actress in several minor film roles.

Personal life[edit]

Background and early life[edit]

Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1924, the daughter of Jack Eddington of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's office,[1] Nora Eddington was nineteen when she met Errol Flynn in February 1943[2] – at the time, she was working at the courthouse where Flynn's notorious 1943 trial for statutory rape was taking place.[3] Flynn was acquitted and they were married in 1944 in Mexico.[4] Their daughter, Deirdre, was born on January 10, 1945.[4] By the time their second daughter, Rory, was born in March 1947, their marriage was already essentially over.[5] The couple were divorced in 1949, but parted on fairly amicable terms,[5][6] with Eddington (now Eddington Flynn) given custody of the children.[7]

Shortly after the divorce she married singer Dick Haymes,[6] on July 17, 1949. She and Haymes had been having an affair for some time, a fact which became public knowledge by way of the gossip columns.[7] Her marriage to Haymes, during which she suffered a miscarriage, lasted four years, a period which Haymes later characterized in an unpublished autobiography as "not a Dick Haymes marriage".[7] After divorcing Haymes she married Richard Black, a marriage which lasted for most of the rest of her life – they had a son named Kevin, who died from leukemia at the age of 10.[8] Richard and Nora Black divorced sometime before her death.[9]

Eddington was highly critical of Charles Higham's biography of her first husband, Errol Flynn, the Untold Story, stating to Maggie Daly of the Chicago Tribune: "I resent Higham's book because it is a fraud. He hasn't come up with a single document about Errol's supposed tie-in with the Gestapo, but continues to go around the country saying he has".[10][11] Her own book about her life with Flynn, entitled Errol and Me, was published in 1960.


Nora Eddington died in 2001, aged 77,[9] after a long battle with kidney disease, at Cedars Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles. She was interred in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery beside her son Kevin.[9]

Acting career[edit]


This is a partial list only. She starred in a few films only, roles mostly arising through her connection with Errol Flynn.

References & footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Flynn, Errol My Wicked, Wicked Ways, p. 330
  2. ^ Flynn, My Wicked, Wicked Ways, pp. 328-29
  3. ^ "Errol Flynn Says New Girl OK on Fishing Trip, Not as Wife". Miami News. August 15, 1943. Retrieved October 31, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Flynn, My Wicked, Wicked Ways, p. 344
  5. ^ a b Flynn, My Wicked, Wicked Ways, p. 359.
  6. ^ a b Flynn, My Wicked, Wicked Ways, p. 370.
  7. ^ a b c Ruth Prigozy (2006). The life of Dick Haymes. University Press of Mississippi. p. 110. ISBN 978-1-57806-551-6. 
  8. ^ Errol Flynn memorial website
  9. ^ a b c Liz Smith (2001-04-20). "Hollywood Heartbreak". San Francisco Chronicle. pp. C–16. 
  10. ^ Maggie Daly (1980-05-28). "Errol Flynn book draws fire". Chicago Tribune. 
  11. ^ "Charles Higham". Contemporary Authors. Gale Group. 2002. 
  12. ^


  • Flynn, Errol. My Wicked, Wicked Ways: the Autobiography of Errol Flynn. Intro. by Jeffrey Meyers. New York: Cooper Square Press, 2003. Rpt. of My Wicked, Wicked Ways. New York: G.P. Putnam's sons, 1959. ISBN 0-8154-1250-9.

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