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Babe Ruth and Marion Davies
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Los Angeles Herald Examiner 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.; In 1924, Louis B. Mayer built the eleven room "bungalow" for Davies to use as a dressing room on the MGM lot. Hearst had his construction crews cut the building in half and move it to the Warner lot, after he and Mayer parted ways in 1934; Davies used it there until she completed her last Warner film in 1937. Then, Cosmopolitan Productions moved the structure to the Fox lot where the bungalow was again relocated. When the work at Fox was completed Marion gave the building to her niece, who moved it to 910 Benedict Canyon Drive in Beverly Hills.
Babe Ruth, swat king, is "hitting 'em" all the way to New York in this picture. He could not attend a baseball writers' dinner in Gotham, so he sent a few autographed oranges from California instead of the usual baseballs. Marion Davies, famous motion picture star, is handing him the oranges outside of her bungalow, a.k.a dressing "room," on the MGM lot in Culver City.
1 photographic print :b&w ;24 x 19 cm. on sheet 26 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 1030
Davies, Marion,--1897-1961
Ruth, Babe,--1895-1948
Motion picture actors and actresses--United States
Baseball players--United States
Autographing--California--Culver City
Oranges--California--Culver City
Motion picture studios--California--Culver City
Culver City (Calif.)
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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