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Marion Cecilia Davies (née Douras, January 3, 1897 – September 22, 1961) was an American film actress, producer, screenwriter, and philanthropist. Davies had appeared in several Broadway musicals and one film, Runaway Romany (1917) before newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, with whom she had begun a romantic relationship, took over management of her career. Hearst financed Davies' pictures and promoted her heavily through his newspapers and Hearst Newsreels. He founded Cosmopolitan Pictures to produce her films. Hearst preferred to see her in historical dramas, but her real talent was in comedy. For this reason, Davies is often remembered today as Hearst's mistress and the hostess of many lavish events for the Hollywood
Hollywood
elite. In particular, her name is linked with the 1924 scandal aboard Hearst's yacht when one of his guests, film producer Thomas Ince, died. In the film Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane
(1941), the title character's second wife—an untalented singer whom he tries to promote—was widely assumed to be based on Davies. But many commentators, including Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane
writer/director Orson Welles
Orson Welles
himself, have defended Davies' record as a gifted actress, to whom Hearst's patronage did more harm than good. She retired from the screen in 1937, choosing to devote herself to Hearst and charitable work. In Hearst's declining years, Davies provided financial as well as emotional support until his death in 1951. She married for the first time eleven weeks after his death, a marriage which lasted until Davies died of stomach cancer in 1961 at the age of 64.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Early career 2.2 Hearst and Cosmopolitan Pictures 2.3 Sound films

3 Critical Reassessment 4 Personal life

4.1 Relationship with William Randolph Hearst 4.2 Patricia Lake 4.3 Ince scandal 4.4 Marriage

5 Later years 6 Death 7 Cultural references

7.1 Portrayals of Davies

8 Filmography 9 See also 10 References 11 External links

Early life[edit] Davies was born Marion Cecilia Elizabeth Brooklyn
Brooklyn
Douras[1] on January 3, 1897, in Brooklyn, the youngest of five children born to Bernard J. Douras (1857–1935), a lawyer and judge in New York City; and Rose Reilly (1867–1928).[2] Her father performed the civil marriage of Gloria Gould Bishop.[3] She had three older sisters, Ethel, Rose, and Reine.[4] An older brother, Charles, drowned at the age of 15 in 1906. His name was subsequently given to Davies' favorite nephew, screenwriter Charles Lederer, the son of Davies' sister Reine Davies.[5] The Douras family lived near Prospect Park in Brooklyn. The sisters changed their surname to Davies, which one of them spotted on a real-estate agent's sign in the neighborhood. Even at a time when New York was the melting pot for new immigrants, having a British surname greatly helped one's prospects—the name Davies has Welsh origins. Educated in a New York convent, Davies left school to pursue a career. She worked as a chorus girl in Broadway revues and modeled for illustrators Harrison Fisher
Harrison Fisher
and Howard Chandler Christy. In 1916, Davies was signed on as a Ziegfeld girl
Ziegfeld girl
in the Ziegfeld Follies.[6] Career[edit]

Portrait of Davies for the June 1920 cover of Theatre Magazine

Early career[edit] After making her screen debut in 1916, modelling gowns by Lady Duff-Gordon in a fashion newsreel, she appeared in her first feature film in the 1917 Runaway Romany.[7] Davies wrote the film, which was directed by her brother-in-law, prominent Broadway producer George W. Lederer. The following year she starred in two films—The Burden of Proof and Cecilia of the Pink Roses. Playing mainly light comic roles, she quickly became a film personality appearing with major male stars, making a small fortune, which enabled her to provide financial assistance for her family and friends. In 1918, Hearst started the movie studio Cosmopolitan Productions to promote Davies' career and also moved her with her mother and sisters into an elegant Manhattan townhouse at the corner of Riverside Drive and W. 105th Street.[8][9] Cecilia of the Pink Roses
Cecilia of the Pink Roses
in 1918 was her first film backed by Hearst. She was on her way to being the most infamously advertised actress in the world. During the next ten years she appeared in 29 films, an average of almost three films a year.[10] One of her best known roles was as Mary Tudor in When Knighthood Was in Flower (1922), directed by Robert G. Vignola, with whom she collaborated on several films. Hearst and Cosmopolitan Pictures[edit]

Davies and Arthur Forrest on the set of When Knighthood Was in Flower (1922)

By the mid-1920s, however, Davies' career was often overshadowed by her relationship with William Randolph Hearst
William Randolph Hearst
and their social life at San Simeon and Ocean House in Santa Monica;[11] the latter dubbed by Colleen Moore
Colleen Moore
"the biggest house on the beach – the beach between San Diego
San Diego
and Vancouver". According to her own audio diaries, she met Hearst long before she had started working in films.[12] Hearst later formed Cosmopolitan Pictures, which would produce most of her starring vehicles. Hearst's relentless efforts to promote her career had a detrimental effect, but he persisted, making Cosmopolitan's distribution deals first with Paramount, then Goldwyn, and with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Davies herself was more inclined to develop her comic talents alongside her friends at United Artists, but Hearst pointedly discouraged this. Davies, in her published memoirs The Times We Had, concluded that Hearst's over-the-top promotion of her career, in fact, had a negative result. One particular example, he had purchased the Cameo Theatre (located in San Francisco) in 1929. He then lavishly remodeled both the exterior and interior decor in a rosebud-hued Art Moderne motif, and renamed it The Marion Davies
Marion Davies
Theatre. From Hearst's office windows further up Market Street, he could see pink neon letters constantly spelling out her name above the marquee.[13] Hearst Metrotone Newsreels were included on the program, and these newsreels regularly touted Miss Davies' social activities. The 1922-23 period may have been her most successful, with both When Knighthood Was in Flower and Little Old New York
Little Old New York
ranking among the top 3 box-office hits of those years. Indeed, she was named the #1 female box-office star by theater owners and crowned as "Queen of the Screen" at their 1924 convention in Hollywood. Other hit silent films included Beverly of Graustark, The Cardboard Lover, Enchantment,The Bride's Play, Lights of Old Broadway, Zander the Great, The Red Mill, Yolanda, Beauty's Worth, and The Restless Sex. Hearst loved seeing her in expensive costume pictures, but she also appeared in contemporary comedies like Tillie the Toiler, The Fair Co-Ed (both 1927), and especially three directed by King Vidor, Not So Dumb (1930), The Patsy and the backstage-in- Hollywood
Hollywood
saga Show People (both 1928). The Patsy contains her imitations, which she usually did for friends, of silent stars Lillian Gish, Mae Murray
Mae Murray
and Pola Negri. King Vidor
King Vidor
saw Davies as a comedic actress instead of the dramatic actress that Hearst wanted her to be. He noticed she was the life of parties and incorporated that into his films. After seeing photographs of St Donat's Castle
St Donat's Castle
in Country Life magazine, the Welsh Vale of Glamorgan
Vale of Glamorgan
property was bought and revitalized by Hearst in 1925 as a gift to Davies.[14] Hearst and Davies spent much of their time entertaining, holding lavish parties with guests at their Beverly Hills estate. Frequent guests included, among others, Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, and a young John F. Kennedy. Upon visiting St Donat's, George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw
was quoted as saying: "This is what God would have built if he had had the money." Sound films[edit]

The coming of sound made Davies nervous because she had never completely overcome a childhood stutter.[10] Her career continued, however, and she made several comedies and musicals during the 1930s, including Marianne (1929), Not So Dumb
Not So Dumb
(1930), The Florodora Girl (1930), The Bachelor Father
The Bachelor Father
(1931), Five and Ten (1931) with Leslie Howard, Polly of the Circus (1932) with Clark Gable, Blondie of the Follies (1932), Peg o' My Heart (1933), Going Hollywood
Hollywood
(1933) with Bing Crosby, and Operator 13
Operator 13
(1934) with Gary Cooper. She was involved with many aspects of her films and was considered an astute businesswoman. Her career, however, was hampered by Hearst's insistence that she play distinguished, dramatic parts as opposed to the comic roles that were her forte. Hearst reportedly had tried to push MGM production boss Irving Thalberg to cast Davies in the title role in Marie Antoinette, but Thalberg gave the part to his wife, Norma Shearer. This rejection came on the heels of Davies having been also denied the female lead in The Barretts of Wimpole Street; that role going to Shearer as well. Despite Davies' friendship with the Thalbergs, Hearst reacted by pulling his newspaper support for MGM and moving Davies and Cosmopolitan Pictures distribution to Warner Brothers. Davies' films there were Page Miss Glory (1935), Hearts Divided, Cain and Mabel (both 1936), and Ever Since Eve
Ever Since Eve
(1937). Mirroring events at MGM, Warners purchased the rights to the play "Tovarich" for Davies, but the film version Tovarich was given to Claudette Colbert. Hearst shopped Davies and Cosmopolitan for another year, but no deals were made and Davies officially retired. In 1943, Davies was offered the role of Mrs. Brown in Claudia, but Hearst dissuaded her from taking a supporting role and tarnishing her starring career. In her 45 feature films, over a 20-year period, Davies had never been anything but the star and always got first billing. The only exceptions were films in which she appeared as herself. When Cosmopolitan folded, Davies left the film business and retreated to San Simeon. Davies would later state in her autobiography that after many years of work she had had enough and decided to devote herself to being Hearst's "companion and confidante". In truth, she was intensely ambitious, but faced the harsh reality that at the age of forty, she could no longer play the young heroines or madcaps as in earlier films, and that she was unwilling to play supporting roles. Decades after Davies' retirement and death, however, the consensus among some critics is more appreciative of her efforts, particularly in the field of comedy. Critical Reassessment[edit] Largely because of the damage to her reputation caused by Citizen Kane, Davies has been largely ignored by film critics and historians. But a recent reassessment of her work has come about via broadcast of her films on Turner Classic Movies
Turner Classic Movies
and the release on DVD on her silent films like When Knighthood Was in Flower, Beauty's Worth, The Bride's Play, Enchantment, The Restless Sex, April Folly, and Buried Treasure. This new availability, along with the publication of The Silent Films of Marion Davies
Marion Davies
by Edward Lorusso have allowed for a better assessment of Davies' work as an actress. Despite the legend, most of Davies's films made money and she remained a popular star for most of her career. Indeed, Davies was the #1 female box office star of 1922-23 thanks to the enormous popularity of When Knighthood Was in Flower and Little Old New York, which both ranked among the biggest box-office films of 1922 and 1923, respectively. Personal life[edit] Relationship with William Randolph Hearst[edit] Publishing mogul William Randolph Hearst
William Randolph Hearst
and Davies lived as a couple for decades but were never married, as Hearst's wife refused to give him a divorce. At one point, he reportedly came close to marrying Davies, but decided his wife's settlement demands were too high. Hearst was extremely jealous and possessive of her, even though he was married throughout their relationship. Lita Grey, the second wife of Charlie Chaplin, wrote four decades later that Davies confided with her about the relationship with Hearst. Grey quoted Davies saying:

God, I'd give everything I have to marry that silly old man. Not for the money and security—he's given me more than I'll ever need. Not because he's such cozy company, either. Most times, when he starts jawing, he bores me stiff. And certainly not because he's so wonderful behind the barn. Why, I could find a million better lays any Wednesday. No, you know what he gives me, sugar? He gives me the feeling I'm worth something to him. A whole lot of what we have, or don't have, I don't like. He's got a wife who'll never give him a divorce. She knows about me, but it's still understood that when she decides to go to the ranch for a week or a weekend, I've got to vamoose. And he snores, and he can be petty, and has sons about as old as me. But he's kind and he's good to me, and I'd never walk out on him.[15]

By the late 1930s, Hearst was suffering financial reversals.[16] After selling many of the contents of St Donat's Castle, Davies sold her jewelry, stocks and bonds and wrote a check for $1 million to Hearst to save him from bankruptcy.[17] Davies had developed a drinking problem over the course of many years, but her alcoholism grew worse in the latter 1930's and the 1940's, as she and Hearst lived an increasingly isolated life. The two spent most of the Second World War at Hearst's Northern California
California
estate of Wyntoon, until returning to San Simeon in 1945.[18] Hearst died on August 14, 1951.[19] In his will, Hearst provided handsomely for Davies, leaving her 170,000 shares of Hearst Corporation stock, in addition to 30,000 he had established for her in a trust fund in 1950. This gave her a controlling interest in the company for a short-time, until she chose to relinquish the stock voluntarily to the corporation on October 30th 1951. She retained her original 30,000 shares and an advisory role with the corporation.[20] Patricia Lake[edit] Since the early 1920s, there has been speculation that Davies and Hearst had a child together some time between 1920 and 1923. The child was rumored to be Patricia Lake (née Van Cleve), who was publicly identified as Davies' niece.[21] On October 3, 1993, Lake died of complications from lung cancer in Indian Wells, California.[22] Ten hours before her death, Lake requested that her son publicly announce that she was not Davies' niece but Davies' biological daughter, whom she had conceived with Hearst. Lake had never commented on her alleged paternity in public, even after Hearst's and Davies' deaths, but did tell her grown children and friends. Lake's claim was published in her death notice, which was published in newspapers.[21] Lake told her friends and family that Davies became pregnant by Hearst in the early 1920s. As the child was conceived during Hearst's extra-marital affair with Davies and out of wedlock, Hearst sent Davies to Europe to have the child in secret to avoid a public scandal. Hearst later joined Davies in Europe. Lake claimed she was born in a Catholic hospital outside of Paris between 1920 and 1923 (she was unsure of the precise date). Lake was then given to Davies' sister Rose, whose own child had died in infancy, and passed off as Rose and her husband George Van Cleve's daughter. Lake stated that Hearst paid for her schooling and both Davies and Hearst spent considerable time with her. Davies reportedly told Lake of her true parentage when she was 11 years old. Lake said Hearst confirmed that he was her father on her wedding day at age 17 where both Davies and Hearst gave her away.[21][23] Neither Davies nor Hearst ever publicly addressed the rumors during their lives. Upon news of the story, a spokesman for Hearst Castle only commented that, "It's a very old rumor and a rumor is all it ever was."[24] Ince scandal[edit] In November 1924, Davies was among those aboard Hearst's luxury yacht Oneida for a weekend party that resulted in the death of film producer Thomas Ince. Rumors have endured since then that Davies had an alleged relationship with fellow-guest Charlie Chaplin, and that Hearst mistook Ince for Chaplin and shot him out of jealousy. There has never been any evidence to support the rumors. Ince's autopsy showed that he suffered an attack of acute indigestion while aboard the yacht and was escorted off in San Diego
San Diego
by another of the guests, Dr. Daniel Carson Goodman, a Hollywood
Hollywood
writer and producer. Ince was put on a train bound for Los Angeles, but was removed from the train at Del Mar when his condition worsened. He was given medical attention by Dr. T. A. Parker and a nurse, Jesse Howard. Ince told them that he had drunk liquor aboard Hearst's yacht. He was taken to his Hollywood
Hollywood
home where he died the following day of a heart condition.[25] Marriage[edit] Eleven weeks and one day after Hearst's death, Davies married Horace Brown on October 31, 1951, in Las Vegas.[26] It was not a happy marriage. Davies filed for divorce twice, but neither was finalized, despite Brown admitting he treated her badly: "I'm a beast," he said. "I took him back. I don't know why," she explained. "I guess because he's standing right beside me, crying. Thank God we all have a sense of humor."[27][28] Later years[edit] In her later years, Davies was involved with charity work. In 1952, she donated $1.9 million to establish a children's clinic at UCLA which was named for her[29]; the clinic's name was changed to The Mattel Children's Hospital in 1998. She also fought childhood diseases through the Marion Davies
Marion Davies
Foundation.[10] She suffered a minor stroke in 1956, and later underwent surgery on her jawbone for osteomyelitis. Twelve days after the operation, Davies fell in her hospital room and broke her leg.[30] Davies made her last public appearance on January 10, 1960, on an NBC
NBC
television special called Hedda Hopper's Hollywood. Joseph P. Kennedy
Joseph P. Kennedy
rented Davies' mansion and worked from behind the scenes to secure his son John F. Kennedy's nomination during the 1960 Democratic National Convention
1960 Democratic National Convention
in Los Angeles. It was not long after that she was diagnosed with stomach cancer. Death[edit]

Mausoleum at Hollywood
Hollywood
Forever where Marion Davies
Marion Davies
is entombed

Davies died of stomach cancer on September 22, 1961, in her home in Hollywood, California.[31] Her funeral at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Hollywood
Hollywood
was attended by 200 people and many Hollywood
Hollywood
celebrities, including Mary Pickford, Charles "Buddy" Rogers, Mrs. Clark Gable
Clark Gable
(Kay Spreckels), and Johnny Weissmuller. She is buried in the Hollywood
Hollywood
Forever Cemetery.[32][33] Davies left an estate estimated at $20 million.[34] Cultural references[edit]

The rumors of the Thomas Ince scandal were dramatized in the play The Cat's Meow, which was later made into Peter Bogdanovich's 2001 film The Cat's Meow
The Cat's Meow
starring Edward Herrmann
Edward Herrmann
as Hearst, Kirsten Dunst
Kirsten Dunst
as Davies, Eddie Izzard
Eddie Izzard
as Chaplin, Joanna Lumley
Joanna Lumley
as Elinor Glyn, Jennifer Tilly
Jennifer Tilly
as gossip columnist Louella Parsons, and Cary Elwes
Cary Elwes
as Ince. Al Stewart
Al Stewart
included the song "Marion the Chatelaine" about Davies on his album Between the Wars ( Al Stewart
Al Stewart
album). Patty Hearst
Patty Hearst
co-authored a novel with Cordelia Frances Biddle titled Murder at San Simeon (Scribner, 1996), based upon the death of Ince. The 1999 film RKO 281, a dramatization of the events during and after production of Orson Welles' Citizen Kane, depicts Welles being told by screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz
Herman Mankiewicz
that Hearst shot Ince, and refers to this several times as an analogy for Hearst's efforts to bury the film. A documentary film Captured on Film: The True Story of Marion Davies (2001) premiered on Turner Classic Movies.[35] In 2004, the story of William Randolph Hearst
William Randolph Hearst
and Davies was made into a musical titled WR and Daisy with book and lyrics by Robert and Phyllis White; music by Glenn Paxton. It was performed in 2004 by Theater West. It was also performed in 2009 and 2010 at the Annenberg Beach House in Santa Monica, California, the estate built by Hearst for Davies in the 1920s. Alan Moore
Alan Moore
and Kevin O'Neill allude to Davies in their League of Extraordinary Gentleman-related Nemo series. The book The Silent Films of Marion Davies
Marion Davies
by Edward Lorusso was published in 2017. Kickstarter campaigns have secured DVD releases of When Knighthood Was in Flower, Beauty's Worth, The Bride's Play, Enchantment, The Restless Sex, April Folly, and Buried Treasure all with new music scores.

Portrayals of Davies[edit] Davies was commonly assumed to be the inspiration for the Susan Alexander character portrayed in Orson Welles's Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane
(1941), which was based loosely on Hearst's life.[36] This led to various portrayals of Davies as a talentless opportunist. In his foreword to Davies' autobiography, The Times We Had (published posthumously in 1975), Welles wrote that his fictional creation bears no resemblance to Davies:

That Susan was Kane's wife and Marion was Hearst's mistress is a difference more important than might be guessed in today's changed climate of opinion. The wife was a puppet and a prisoner; the mistress was never less than a princess. Hearst built more than one castle, and Marion was the hostess in all of them: they were pleasure domes indeed, and the Beautiful People of the day fought for invitations. Xanadu was a lonely fortress, and Susan was quite right to escape from it. The mistress was never one of Hearst's possessions: he was always her suitor, and she was the precious treasure of his heart for more than 30 years, until his last breath of life. Theirs is truly a love story. Love is not the subject of Citizen Kane.[37]

Welles told filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich
Peter Bogdanovich
that Samuel Insull's building of the Chicago Opera House, and business tycoon Harold Fowler McCormick's lavish promotion of the opera career of his second wife, were direct influences on the screenplay for Citizen Kane. "As for Marion," Welles said, "she was an extraordinary woman—nothing like the character Dorothy Comingore
Dorothy Comingore
played in the movie."[38] Davies was portrayed by Virginia Madsen
Virginia Madsen
in the telefilm The Hearst and Davies Affair (1985) with Robert Mitchum
Robert Mitchum
as Hearst. Madsen later became a Davies fan and said that she felt she had inadvertently portrayed her as a stereotype, rather than as a real person. Davies was portrayed by Heather McNair in Chaplin (1992); by Gretchen Mol in Cradle Will Rock
Cradle Will Rock
(1999); and by Kirsten Dunst
Kirsten Dunst
in The Cat's Meow (2001). Melanie Griffith
Melanie Griffith
was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie for portraying Davies in RKO 281
RKO 281
in 2000. Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1917 Runaway, Romany Romany Writer / lost film

1918.1 !1918 Cecilia of the Pink Roses Cecilia Lost film

1918.2 !1918 burde !The Burden of Proof Brooks !Elaine Brooks Lost film

1919.1 !1919 belle !The Belle of New York Gray !Violet Gray only 2 reels survive

1919.2 !1919 Getting Mary Married Mary Bussard DVD / Producer

1919.3 !1919 Dark !The Dark Star Carew !Rue Carew Lost film

1919.4 !1919 Cinema !The Cinema Murder Dalston !Elizabeth Dalston Lost film

1920.1 !1920 April Folly Poole !April Poole DVD / missing first reel

1920.2 !1920 Restless !The Restless Sex Cleland !Stephanie Cleland DVD

1921.1 !1921 Buried Treasure Vandermuellen !Pauline Vandermuellen / Lucia DVD / missing final reel

1921.2 !1921 Enchantment Hoyt !Ethel Hoyt DVD

1922.1 !1922 Bride's Play Enid of Cashel / Aileen Barrett DVD

1922.2 !1922 Beauty's Worth Cole !Prudence Cole DVD

1922.3 !1922 Young !The Young Diana May !Diana May Lost film

1922.4 !1922 When Knighthood Was in Flower Tudor !Mary Tudor DVD / Blu-ray

1922.5 !1922 trip !A Trip to Paramountown Herself Short subject

1923.1 !1923 Pilgrim !The Pilgrim Member of the Congregation Uncredited

1923.2 !1923 Adam and Eva King !Eva King only 1 reel survives

1923.3 !1923 Little Old New York O'Day !Patricia O'Day DVD

1924.1 !1924 Yolanda Mary !Princess Mary / Yolanda print survives in Royal Belgian Film Archive, Brussels

1924.2 !1924 Janice Meredith Meredith !Janice Meredith DVD

1925.1 !1925 Zander the Great Smith !Mamie Smith DVD

1925.2 !1925 Lights of Old Broadway Fely / Anne print survives in Library of Congress

1925.3 !1925 Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ Crowd Extra in Chariot Race Uncredited

1926 Beverly of Graustark Calhoun !Beverly Calhoun / Prince Oscar print survives in Library of Congress

1927.1 !1927 Red !The Red Mill Tina DVD /Director: Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle (as William Goodrich)

1927.2 !1927 Tillie the Toiler Jones !Tillie Jones print survives in Eastman House Museum

1927.3 !1927 Fair !The Fair Co-Ed Marion print survives in Library of Congress

1927.4 !1927 Quality Street Throssel !Phoebe Throssel DVD / Producer

1928.1 !1928 Patsy !The Patsy Harrington !Patricia Harrington DVD / Producer

1928.2 !1928 Cardboard !The Cardboard Lover Sally print survives in Library of Congress / Producer

1928.3 !1928 Show People Pepper !Peggy Pepper / Patricia Pepoire / Herself DVD / Producer

1928.4 !1928 five !The Five O'Clock Girl Brown !Patricia Brown Incomplete

1928.5 !1928 Rosalie Romanikov !Princess Rosalie Romanikov Incomplete

1929.1 !1929 Marianne Marianne Producer (uncredited); silent version co-starring Oscar Shaw

1929.2 !1929 Marianne Marianne DVD / Producer (uncredited); sound version co-starring Lawrence Gray

1929.3 !1929 Hollywood
Hollywood
!The Hollywood
Hollywood
Revue of 1929 Herself DVD

1930.1 !1930 Not So Dumb Parker !Dulcinea 'Dulcy' Parker DVD / Producer

1930.2 !1930 Florodora !The Florodora Girl Dell !Daisy Dell DVD / Producer

1930.3 !1930 Screen Snapshots Series 9, No. 23 Herself Short subject

1931.1 !1931 Jackie Cooper's Birthday Party Herself Short subject

1931.2 !1931 Bachelor !The Bachelor Father Flagg !Antoinette 'Tony' Flagg DVD / Producer

1931.3 !1931 Its a Wise Child Stanton !Joyce Stanton print survives in UCLA
UCLA
archive / Producer

1931.4 !1931 Five and Ten Rarick !Jennifer Rarick DVD / Producer

1931.5 !1931 christ !The Christmas Party Herself Short subject

1932.1 !1932 Polly of the Circus Fisher !Polly Fisher DVD / Producer

1932.2 !1932 Blondie of the Follies McClune !Blondie McClune DVD / Producer

1933.1 !1933 Peg o' My Heart O'Connell !Margaret 'Peg' O'Connell DVD

1933.2 !1933 Going Hollywood Bruce !Sylvia Bruce DVD

1934 Operator 13 Loveless !Gail Loveless DVD

1935.1 !1935 Page Miss Glory Dalrymple !Loretta Dalrymple / Miss Dawn Glory DVD / Producer

1935.2 !1935 dream !A Dream Comes True Herself Short subject

1935.3 !1935 Pirate Party on Catalina Isle Herself Short subject

1936.1 !1936 Hearts Divided Bonaparte !Elizabeth "Betsy" Patterson DVD / Producer

1936.2 !1936 Cain and Mabel O'Dare !Mabel O'Dare DVD

1937 Ever Since Eve Marjorie !Miss Marjorie 'Marge' Winton / Sadie Day DVD

See also[edit]

History of Santa Monica, California, in the 1920s

References[edit]

^ The name is sometimes spelled "Marion Cecilia Dourvas" in biographies. In her autobiography, it is spelled "Douras," as it appears in the 1900 U.S. Census when they lived in Brooklyn, New York. ^ "Died". Time. May 6, 1935. Retrieved June 26, 2008. Bernard J. Douras, 82, retired New York City magistrate, father of Film Actress Marion Davies
Marion Davies
and three other daughters; in Beverly Hills, California. His death caused the cancellation of a huge costume party planned at Davies' home in honor of William Randolph Hearst's 72nd birthday.  ^ "Married". Time. February 17, 1930. Retrieved June 26, 2008. Gloria Gould Bishop, daughter of Capitalist George Jay Gould; and Walter McFarlane Barker of Chicago; in Manhattan. He was her second husband. They were married in the Domestic Relations Court by Judge Bernard J. Douras, father of cinemactress Marion Davies.  ^ 1910 United States Federal Census ^ Davies, Marion (1975). The Times We Had. ISBN 0-672-52112-1.  ^ "Famous Actress-Philanthropist Marion Davies
Marion Davies
Dies of Cancer". Tri City Herald. September 18, 1961. p. 2. Retrieved November 29, 2012.  ^ "Marion Davies". Golden Silents. Retrieved June 26, 2008.  ^ Alleman, Richard. "MARION DAVIES MANSION". New York: The Movie Lover's Guide. pp. 359–360.  ^ No. 331: Publisher's Mistress — NY Times ^ a b c "Marion Davies". Deco Films. Retrieved June 26, 2008.  ^ Marion Davies' Homes — decofilms.com ^ "The Times We Had", by Marion Davies, edited by Pamela Pfau and Kenneth S Marx ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/3130 ^ Bevan, Nathan (August 3, 2008). "Lydia Hearst is queen of the castle". Wales on Sunday. Retrieved August 3, 2008.  ^ Lita Grey
Lita Grey
Chaplin. My Life With Chaplin, Grove Press (1966) pp. 214-215 ^ "Hearst Career Full of Drama". The Milwaukee Journal. August 14, 1951. p. 4. Retrieved November 29, 2012.  ^ " Marion Davies
Marion Davies
Dies of Cancer". The Miami News. September 23, 1961. p. 7A. Retrieved November 29, 2012.  ^ Victoria Kastner (2000). Hearst Castle: The Biography of a Country House. Harry N. Abrams. p. 183.  ^ "Allowance Asked By Hearst Widow". Spokane Daily Chronicle. August 22, 1951. p. 7. Retrieved November 29, 2012.  ^ Victoria Kastner (2000). Hearst Castle: The Biography of a Country House. Harry N. Abrams. p. 183.  ^ a b c Fiore, Faye (October 31, 1993). "Obituary Revives Rumor of Hearst Daughter : Hollywood: Gossips in the 1920s speculated that William Randolph Hearst
William Randolph Hearst
and mistress Marion Davies
Marion Davies
had a child. Patricia Lake, long introduced as Davies' niece, asks on death bed that record be set straight". latimes.com. p. 1. Retrieved November 29, 2012.  ^ "Patricia VanCleve Lake". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. October 16, 1993. p. 8B. Retrieved November 29, 2012.  ^ Vogel, Michelle (2005). Children of Hollywood: Accounts Of Growing Up As the Sons and Daughters Of Stars. McFarland. pp. 208–209. ISBN 0-7864-2046-4.  ^ Fiore, Faye (October 31, 1993). "Obituary Revives Rumor of Hearst Daughter : Hollywood: Gossips in the 1920s speculated that William Randolph Hearst
William Randolph Hearst
and mistress Marion Davies
Marion Davies
had a child. Patricia Lake, long introduced as Davies' niece, asks on death bed that record be set straight". latimes.com. p. 2. Retrieved November 29, 2012.  ^ Source: Citizen Hearst by W. A. Swanberg. pages 445–446. Press hostile to Hearst fueled the rumors. Op cit p. 446 The District Attorney of San Diego, Chester C. Kempley made an inquiry into the events and issued a statement to the effect that he was satisfied that Ince's death was due to "heart failure due to an attack of acute indigestion". Op cit p. 446 The quote is footnoted. The source for Mr. Kempley's statement is given as the New York Times
New York Times
December 4, 1924. ^ "Sea Captain wed to Marion Davies. Ex-Actress Protegee of Hearst Married in Surprise Service by Las Vegas Justice. Hearst Kinship Disputed Hearst Agreement Discussed". New York Times. Associated Press. November 1, 1951. Retrieved July 21, 2007.  ^ " Marion Davies
Marion Davies
Files. Sues Husband for a Divorce. Married Last October". New York Times. July 17, 1952. Retrieved June 26, 2008.  ^ "New Horizons". Time. July 28, 1952. Retrieved June 26, 2008.  ^ "UCLA: Facts & History". Archived from the original on December 19, 2007. Retrieved April 4, 2008.  ^ "Marion Davies, film star of 1920's confidante of Hearst, dies at 64". The Leader-Post. September 23, 1961. p. 1. Retrieved November 29, 2012.  ^ " Marion Davies
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Sinking. Actress, 61, Said to Be Near Death, Gets Last Rites". New York Times. United Press International. September 21, 1961.  ^ "Ex-Actress' Funeral Held". The Spokesman-Review. September 27, 1961. p. 13. Retrieved November 29, 2012.  ^ Marion Davies
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at Find a Grave ^ Fleming, E. J. (2005). The Fixers: Eddie Mannix, Howard Strickling And The Mgm Publicity Machine. McFarland. p. 146. ISBN 0-786-42027-8.  ^ Captured on Film: The True Story of Marion Davies
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at the Turner Classic Movies Database ^ Transcript, The Battle over Citizen Kane
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on PBS' American Experience; retrieved January 22, 2012 ^ Davies, Marion, The Times We Had: Life with William Randolph Hearst; foreword by Orson Welles, May 28, 1975. Indianapolis and New York: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc., 1975 ISBN 0-672-52112-1 ^ Welles, Orson, and Peter Bogdanovich, This is Orson Welles. New York: HarperCollins Publishers 1992 ISBN 0-06-016616-9 page 49. Welles states, "The real story of Hearst is quite different from Kane's … There's all that stuff about McCormick and the opera. I drew a lot from that from my Chicago days. And Samuel Insull."

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