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Marion Davies and friends
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Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Marion Davies (1897-1961), born Marion Cecilia Douras, was an American film actress who is best remembered for her relationship with newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst. Davies was signed on as a Ziegfeld girl in 1916 and later that year made her screen debut modeling gowns in a fashion newsreel. In 1917 she appeared in her first feature film, and starred in three more the following year playing light comedic roles. The first of her numerous films financed by Hearst was in 1918. During the next 10 years she appeared in 29 films - an average of three per year, and though she was considered an astute woman, Hearst's involvement in her film roles hampererd her career. He insisted she play dramatic parts, instead of the comedic roles that were her forte. Hearst and Davies lived as a couple for three and a half decades but were never able to marry since Hearst's wife refused to give him a divorce. Hearst died on August 14, 1951, and surprisingly, just 11 weeks and one day after his death, Davies married Horace Brown on October 31, 1951 in Las Vegas, though it was not a happy marriage. She filed for divorce twice, but never finalized either. In her later years, Davies became heavily involved with charity work, donating $1.9 million in 1952 to establish a children's clinic at UCLA and establishing the Marion Davies Foundation to help fight childhood diseases. In 1956 Davis suffered a minor stroke and was diagnosed with cancer of the jaw, which was successfully operated on. Davis' health continued to decline during that time, and on September 22, 1961 she succumbed to cancer. She left an estate estimated at more than $30 million. Curious side note: Patricia Lake (nee Van Cleeve) was always introduced as the niece of Marion Davies. After Patricia's death, her will revealed she was instead the child of Davies and her long-time love, Hearst.
Photograph caption dated January 14, 1927 reads, "Red" Grange and "Brick" Muller, friendly enemies of the gridiron who will battle in the "red-headed" championship game here Sunday, met and met some of the luminaries of filmdom when they called on Marion Davies at the studio today. Left to right, Tom Moore, Miss Davies' leading man in "The Red Mill;" Hobart Henley, her director; Grange, Miss Davies, Muller and Matt Moore, Miss Davies' leading man in her new picture, "Tillie the Toiler." Miss Davies will be hostess to a box party at the game."
1 photographic print :b&w ;10 x 21 cm. on board 13 x 22 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 1030
Moore, Tom,--1883-1955
Henley, Hobart,--1887-1964
Grange, Red,--1903-1991
Davies, Marion,--1897-1961
Muller, Harold Powers,--1901-1962
Moore, Matt,--1888-1960
Motion picture producers and directors--United States
Motion picture actors and actresses--United States
Football players--United States
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs
Group portraits
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