Documenting the most notorious house in Hollywood, this history spans the life and death of Mulholland Farm, the elegant and infamous mountaintop showplace built by film star Errol Flynn at the height of his fame. While appearing to be stylish and refined, Flynn installed secret passageways, two-way mirrors, and other voyeuristic tools into the house to spy on the famous women he entertained, as well as couples making love. He lived in Mulholland Farm during Hollywood's Golden Era, when he was the most famous playboy movie star alive, remaining in the home through the rape trial that almost ruined him and the snatching of John Barrymore's body. The intricate story of the farm also spans five continents to include Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, Fidel Castro, Humphrey Bogart, Shirley Temple, Clark Gable, Billy Graham, Johnny Cash, Roy Rogers, the Rolling Stones, and the other two owners of the property, Christian singer/songwriter Stuart Hamblen and rock ‘n' roll legend Rick Nelson.
The work of Robert Matzen as a screenwriter and director includes a trio of independent feature documentaries about young George Washington that earned national acclaim, as well as several films for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). His print work includes a biography of Carole Lombard and many articles about classic films and stars. This is his fourth book.Michael Mazzone has been a researcher on Golden Age Hollywood for 30 years, specializing in John Barrymore, Lillian Gish, and Errol Flynn. Michael is approached often to help authors writing about Flynn and other topics. This is his first book.