PALM BEACH, Fla. — Lili Damita, a French-born actress and former wife of Errol Flynn, died Monday after a lengthy illness.
She died at Good Samaritan Medical Center after battling Alzheimer’s disease. Film reference books list her age as 92, though her death certificate listed her as 85.
Born Liliane Marie Madeleine Carre, she used the name Lili Damita professionally but was known as Liliane Loomis after her 1962 marriage to Allen Loomis, an Iowa dairy products manufacturer. That marriage ended in divorce in the mid-1980s.
From her teen years, she was a ballerina and music hall performer. She appeared in French, German, Austrian and British movies during the 1920s, including “Fiacre No. 13,” an early work by director Michael Curtiz, of “Casablanca” fame.
She came to Hollywood in the late ’20s at the invitation of Samuel Goldwyn to appear in early sound pictures.
Her American films included the 1929 version of “The Bridge of San Luis Rey, “”The Cock-Eyed World,””Brewster’s Millions” and “The Devil on Horseback.”
She retired from acting when she married Flynn in 1935. They divorced in 1942 , and she moved to Palm Beach a few years later with their son, Sean Flynn. He was a photojournalist who covered the Vietnam War and disappeared in Cambodia in 1970.
She was to be buried in her hometown of Fort Dodge, Iowa. No services were planned. She had no survivors.