Lili Damita

Picture of Lili Damita

Date of Birth: 07/10/1904

Age: 89

Place of birth: Bleu

Citizenship: France


The aspiring actress was born on July 10, 1904 in the town of Blaye in the south-west of France. He received his primary education in a convent, and then studied at the ballet schools in different parts of Europe - in France, Spain and Portugal. At the age of fourteen years, Liliana joined the dance troupe at the Paris Opera, and by the age of sixteen already successfully performed in music halls of Paris and posed for photographers.

In 1921 she won a beauty contest and received as a reward a small role in 1922 under the pseudonym Lily Dursleys debuted on the silver screen in the silent film "The Emperor of the poor." In 1925, having had the time to get a new alias - Lili Damita - the actress received her first major role in the film "Paris doll," the famous director Michael Curtiz (in 1943 he received the "Oscar" for the film "Casablanca"). While they were shooting, between Lily and Curtis had an affair, and a year later they were married. In 1926, the director shot his wife in two paintings - "The cab number 13" and "Golden Butterfly" - and in the same year, shortly after his departure to the United States, dropped it.

Two years later, moviemaker Samuel Goldwyn invited Lily to Hollywood, and in 1929 she made her debut in American cinema, starring in the adventure melodrama "Salvation". Overseas career as an actress has developed more or less stable. Although the film was a bit of its partners have been established and budding star - Gary Cooper, Maurice Chevalier, Laurence Olivier, Cary Grant and James Cagney.

In May 1935 Lily married the future famous actor Errol Flynn, then almost ceased to pay attention to his career and in 1937 left the cinema. In 1941, she gave birth to her son Sean Flynn (later he also became an actor), and in 1942 the couple divorced. In 1962, Lily has married again - this time it was the chosen Allen Loomis, a businessman from Iowa. In 1983, this marriage also ended in divorce.

Subsequently, with Lily`s son was a tragedy. During the Vietnam War, he worked as a military journalist from Time magazine and April 6, 1970, together with his colleague Dana Stone went to the south of Phnom Penh. Both of them have gone missing. Lily spent a lot of effort and money in search of his son, but they have not brought results, and Sean was declared dead in 1984. In 1994, Lili Damita died from Alzheimer`s disease at the age of eighty-nine.

Interesting facts

In addition to his native French Lily he knew English fluently spoken in Spanish, Portuguese and German, as well as little known Italian and Hungarian languages.