Biography

From Wikipedia

Marion Davies (January 3, 1897 – September 22, 1961) was an American film actress, producer, screenwriter, and philanthropist.

Davies was already building a solid reputation as a film comedienne when newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, with whom she had begun a romantic relationship, took over management of her career. Hearst financed Davies' pictures, promoted her heavily through his newspapers and Hearst Newsreels, and pressured studios to cast her in historical dramas for which she was ill-suited. For this reason, Davies is better remembered today as Hearst's mistress and the hostess of many lavish events for the Hollywood elite. In particular, her name is linked with the 1924 scandal aboard Hearst's yacht where one of his guests, film producer Thomas Ince, died.

In the film Citizen Kane (1941), the title character's wife—an untalented singer whom he tries to promote—was widely assumed to be based on Davies. But many commentators, including Citizen Kane writer/director 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.

From Wikipedia

Marion Davies (January 3, 1897 – September 22, 1961) was an American film actress, producer, screenwriter, and philanthropist.

Davies was already building a solid reputation as a film comedienne when newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, with whom she had begun a romantic relationship, took over management of her career. Hearst financed Davies' pictures, promoted her heavily through his newspapers and Hearst Newsreels, and pressured studios to cast her in historical dramas for which she was ill-suited. For this reason, Davies is better remembered today as Hearst's mistress and the hostess of many lavish events for the Hollywood elite. In particular, her name is linked with the 1924 scandal aboard Hearst's yacht where one of his guests, film producer Thomas Ince, died.

In the film Citizen Kane (1941), the title character's wife—an untalented singer whom he tries to promote—was widely assumed to be based on Davies. But many commentators, including Citizen Kane writer/director 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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 48

Birthday 1897-01-03

Day of Death 1961-09-22

Place of Birth Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

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Also Known As

  • Marion Cecelia Douras
  • Marion Davis
  • Меріон Дейвіс

Acting TV ShowsMovies

Tillie the Toiler as Tillie Jones
1996 The Battle Over Citizen Kane as Herself (archive footage)
1994 That's Entertainment! III as (archive footage)
1963 Hollywood Without Make-Up
1937 Ever Since Eve as Marge Winton
1936 Cain and Mabel as Mabel O'Dare
1936 Hearts Divided as Betsy Patterson
1935 A Dream Comes True as Herself (uncredited)
1935 Pirate Party on Catalina Isle as Marion Davies (uncredited)
1935 Page Miss Glory as Loretta
1934 Operator 13 as Gail Loveless
1933 Going Hollywood as Sylvia Bruce
1933 Peg o' My Heart as Margaret 'Peg' O'Connell
1932 Blondie of the Follies as Blondie McClune
1932 Polly of the Circus as Polly Fisher
1931 The Christmas Party as Herself (uncredited)
1931 Five and Ten as Jennifer Rarick
1931 It's a Wise Child as Joyce Stanton
1931 The Bachelor Father as Antoinette 'Tony' Flagg
1930 The Florodora Girl as Daisy
1930 Not So Dumb as Dulcy
1929 The Hollywood Revue of 1929 as Herself
1929 Marianne as Marianne
1928 Show People as Peggy Pepper
1928 The Cardboard Lover as Sally
1928 The Patsy as Patricia Harrington
1927 Quality Street as Phoebe Throssel
1927 The Fair Co-Ed as Marion
1927 The Red Mill as Tina
1926 Beverly of Graustark
1925 Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ as Chariot Race Spectator (uncredited)
1925 Lights of Old Broadway as Fely / Anne
1925 Zander the Great as Mamie Smith
1924 Janice Meredith as Janice Meredith
1923 Little Old New York as Patricia O'Day
1923 Adam and Eva as Eva King
1922 When Knighthood Was in Flower as Mary Tudor
1922 The Young Diana as Diana May
1922 A Trip to Paramountown as Herself
1922 Beauty's Worth as Prudence Cole
1922 The Bride's Play as Enid of Cashell / Aileen Barrett
1921 Enchantment as Ethel Hoyt
1921 Buried Treasure as Pauline Vandermuellen
1920 The Restless Sex as Stephanie
1920 April Folly as April Poole
1919 The Cinema Murder as Elizabeth Dalston
1919 Getting Mary Married as Mary Bussard
1919 The Belle of New York as Violet Gray

Production

1936 Hearts Divided Producer
1932 Blondie of the Follies Producer
1931 It's a Wise Child Producer
1931 The Bachelor Father Producer
1930 Not So Dumb Producer
1928 Show People Producer
1928 The Cardboard Lover Executive Producer
1928 The Patsy Producer
1927 Quality Street Producer
1920 April Folly Producer
1919 Getting Mary Married Producer
1919 The Belle of New York Producer

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