Nora Eddington Flynn died at Cedars Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles, on April 10, 2001, after a long batttle with kidney failure. She was born Feb. 25, 1924, in Chicago, Illinois. The daughter of Jack Eddington, former Captain of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, she grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from Hamilton High School. While still eighteen, she met and promptly married Errol Flynn. She had two daughters by him and seven years of a happy but often tumultuous marriage, which she later described in her book ERROL AND ME . Her second marriage, to the singer/actor Dick Haymes, lasted four years.
Nora is survived by her daughters Deirdre and Rory and her grandson Sean. She was buried next to her son Kevin, whom she had with her third and last husband, Richard Black. They lost Kevin to Leukemia when he was only ten.
A memorial service was held on April 18 at the Pierce Brothers Funeral Parlor, 1218 Glendon Avenue, in Westwood, California. Sean gave a nice little speech about his grandmother that delighted the approximately 75 people who attended.
Nora was to the end a grand lady. Somehow, throughout everything, she managed to keep her perspective, dignity, and delightful sense of humor. She was devoid of any form of pretentiousness, and those who knew her often remarked that she always had the gift of making new friends, and that she somehow made them feel part of her immediate family.
She was also very loyal to her first husband, Errol. She was the only one of his three wives who remained friends with him to the end of his life.
Those who knew her already miss her enormously.