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Title supplied by cataloger. 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. Dr. John Adams, Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at UCLA (left), and Dr. Stafford L. Warren, Dean of the School of Medicine, are shown here with Marion Davies, who contributed $1,500,000 for the construction of the new Marion Davies Children's Wing at UCLA Medical Center. The former screen star was a guest of honor at a luncheon attended by hundreds of public dignitaries, medical leaders, and other outstanding figures who paid tribute to her 25 years of devotion to the cause of child health. Photograph dated January 9, 1958. In 1998, the hospital was renamed the Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA in recognition of the gift made to the hospital by Mattel, Inc.
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Davies, Marion,--1897-1961 Warren, Stafford L.--(Stafford Leak),--1896-1981 Marion Davies Children's Health Center (Los Angeles, Calif.) University of California, Los Angeles.--Dept. of Medicine--Faculty Motion picture actors and actresses--United States Physicians--United States Hospitals--California--Westwood (Los Angeles) College department heads--California--Los Angeles Luncheons--California--Los Angeles Children--Hospitals--California--Los Angeles Westwood (Los Angeles, Calif.) Herald-Examiner Collection photographs Group portraits