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Title
Marion Davies residence
Alternative Title
Works Progress Administration Photo Collection
Publication Information
Federal Writers' Project
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Los Angeles Public Library
Collection
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Description
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.
Side yard and residence once owned by actress Marion Davies. This beautiful two-story Tudor revival home, located at 1700 Lexington Drive in Beverly Hills, has since undergone extensive renovations.
Type
Image
Format
1 photographic print :b&w
Photographic prints
Identifier
00068899
Works Progress Administration Collection
WPA 7017 4x5; A-009-765 4x5
CARL0000072858
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/2381
Subject
Davies, Marion,--1897-1961--Homes and haunts
Dwellings--California--Beverly Hills
Architecture, Domestic--California--Beverly Hills--English influences
Beverly Hills (Calif.)
Works Progress Administration Collection photographs

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