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Marion Davies

Highest Rated:   100% That's Entertainment! III (1994)
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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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MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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 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
  • Producer
  • Pauline 'Polly' Fisher
1932
No Score Yet Sporting Blood
  • Producer
1931
No Score Yet Not So Dumb
  • Dulcy
  • Producer
1930
40% The Hollywood Revue of 1929
  • Herself
1929
No Score Yet Show People
  • Producer
  • Peggy Pepper
1928
No Score Yet The Cardboard Lover
  • Sally
  • Producer
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
No Score Yet Going Hollywood
  • Sylvia Bruce
1923
No Score Yet Beauty's Worth
  • Prudence Cole
1922
No Score Yet Enchantment
  • Ethel Hoyt
1921
No Score Yet The Patsy (The Politic Flapper)
  • Actor
1920

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