Marion Davies

Marion Davies

  • Highest Rated: 100% That's Entertainment! III (1994)
  • Lowest Rated: 40% The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929)
  • Birthday: Jan 3, 1897
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • American actress Marion Davies became a Broadway chorus dancer through the auspices of her brother-in-law, the powerful theatrical producer George W. Lederer. There are many stories of how Davies came to the attention of newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, the most popular of which relates how, when watching her perform as a solo singer-dancer in the 1916 edition of Ziegfeld Follies, Hearst became so enchanted that for eight weeks thereafter he never missed a performance, reserving two seats per show (one seat for his hat). Hearst, who in addition to his publishing empire also dabbled in moviemaking, cast Davies in the 1917 silent film Runaway Romany. For the rest of her career, Davies appeared only in Hearst-produced movies, a professional association which spilled over into her private life; she became Hearst's mistress, and might very well have married him had Mrs. Hearst not refused him a divorce. The Hearst press promoted Davies' film career to the point of the ridiculous, overpraising each movie as though it were the Second Coming; in retaliation, rival newspapers mercilessly panned Davies, suggesting that she'd still be a chorus girl without Hearst's sponsorship. The truth lay somewhere in between--when viewing such Davies films as Show People (1928), Blondie of the Follies (1932) and Cain and Mabel (1936), one is struck by her deft comic skills and superior musical talent; at the same time, she was not the actress promoted by the Hearst publicity machine. Davies retired from the screen after Ever Since Eve (1937), settling down as the popular hostess of San Simeon, Hearst's gigantic estate on the California coast. After Hearst died in 1951, Davies married Capt. Horace G. Brown of the California State Guard and divided her time between managing her considerable financial holdings and maintaining the Marion Davies Childrens' Clinic, a charitable organization. Davies was much loved by her friends and by Hollywood in general; alas, most people today "know" Davies only through the vulgar, abrasive character of "Susan Alexander" in filmmaker Orson Welles' thinly disguised chronicle of William Randolph Hearst's life, Citizen Kane (1941).

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No Score Yet Captured on Film: The True Story of Marion Davies Actor 2001
100% That's Entertainment! III Actor 1994
No Score Yet Ever Since Eve Marge Winton 1937
No Score Yet Hearts Divided Producer Elizabeth Patterson Betsy Patterson 1936
No Score Yet Cain and Mabel Mabel O'Dare 1936
No Score Yet Page Miss Glory Loretta Dalrymple, aka Miss Dawn Glory 1935
No Score Yet Operator 13 Gail Loveless 1934
No Score Yet Peg o' My Heart Margaret 'Peg' O'Connell 1933
No Score Yet Blondie of the Follies Producer Blondie 1932
No Score Yet Polly of the Circus Pauline 'Polly' Fisher Producer 1932
No Score Yet Sporting Blood Producer 1931
No Score Yet Five and Ten Producer Jennifer Rarick 1931
No Score Yet The Bachelor Father Antoinette 'Tony' Flagg Producer 1931
No Score Yet The Florodora Girl Daisy Dell Producer 1930
No Score Yet Not So Dumb Dulcy Producer 1930
40% The Hollywood Revue of 1929 Herself 1929
No Score Yet Marianne Producer Marianne 1929
100% Show People Peggy Pepper Producer 1928
No Score Yet The Cardboard Lover Sally Producer 1928
No Score Yet The Patsy (The Politic Flapper) Producer Patricia Harrington 1928
No Score Yet The Red Mill Tina 1927
No Score Yet Quality Street Producer Phoebe Throssel 1927
No Score Yet Janice Meredith Janice Meredith 1924
No Score Yet The Pilgrim Congregation Member 1923
80% Going Hollywood Sylvia Bruce 1923
No Score Yet Beauty's Worth Prudence Cole 1922
No Score Yet Enchantment Ethel Hoyt 1921


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