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Errol & Olivia
Errol & Olivia

Errol & Olivia

Ego & Obsession in Golden Era Hollywood


219 Pages, 9 x 12

Formats: Mobipocket, EPUB, PDF

PDF, $10.99 (US $10.99) (CA $14.99)

Publication Date: March 2017

ISBN 9780998376387

Rights: WOR X BCOM

GoodKnight Books (Mar 2017)


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Finalist, Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Award, Biography Category Digging deep into the vaults of Warner Brothers and the collections of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as well as other private archives, this book explores the complex personal and professional relationship of Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. Flynn, even 50 years after his death, continues to conjure up images to the prototypical handsome, charismatic ladies' man; while de Havilland, a two-time Best Actress Academy Award winner, is the last surviving star of Gone with the Wind. Richly illustrated with both color and black-and-white photos, most previously unpublished, this detailed history tells the sexy story of these two massive stars, both together and apart.


“Matzen, who co-wrote the wonderful Errol Flynn Slept Here last year, explores the on and off-screen relationship between Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland . . . and provide . . . impeccable research about their films. It’s all presented in a handsome hardcover package with many rare, hitherto-unpublished photos. Anyone who loves going behind the scenes in the golden age of Hollywood will find this book compelling.” —Leonard Maltin, film critic and historian

“Errol & Olivia can’t help but be riveting film history, but what makes it a particularly valuable addition to the literature of the movies is its analysis of the turbulent, yin-yang attraction/repulsion between Flynn and de Havilland—a man who couldn’t be faithful to anyone, even himself, and a woman who demanded fidelity, especially to the craft of acting.” —Scott Eyman, author, Empire of Dreams and Lion of Hollywood

“The story of Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland, famed 1930s and ‘40s film team, reads like juicy fiction but also happens to be true . . . Even for cinema buffs who wax poetic about Golden-Era Hollywood, this volume’s truth will exceed even the most imaginative of expectations.” —Metrosource NY

“Errol & Olivia is quickie tell-all. It's a big, beautiful book, full of photos from both in front of and behind the camera. If you're a fan of classic Hollywood, this book deserves a spot on your shelf. Just make sure you save a big spot.” —Rockford Register Star

“Robert Matzen's text is well-researched, and more serious than one might expect at first glance, for what’s essentially a glossy coffee table book about the movie team. At times Errol and Olivia reads like a novel, with the author moving his characters along parallel tracks, as he traces the history of their relationship.” —Los Angeles/Orange County Arts Examiner

“For anyone who is a fan of the Flynn/De Havilland pictures, as I am, this is a rare treat that you'll want to welcome to your book collection. Its a great pick up and read a chapter type book, with enough juicy stories to keep you interested through many readings. A must have for classic film fans.” —

“This is a beautiful book, as informative to read as it is sheer pleasure to browse like a photo album.” —

“Those who have always seen Olivia de Havilland as the innocent virgin she often portrays on screen, largely perpetuated by her films with Flynn, will be in for a surprise, as I was . . . Matzen's book highlights many behind-the-scene tales of woe and wonder.” —

Author Biography

Robert Matzen is the author of bestselling books about Hollywood history, including Mission: Jimmy Stewart and the Fight for Europe and Fireball: Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3. He is a former NASA contractor, where he worked as a writer and filmmaker. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.