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March 3, 2020

50 Glamorous Photos of Marion Davies in the 1920s and ’30s

Born 1897 in Brooklyn, New York, American film actress, producer, screenwriter, and philanthropist Marion Davies made her screen debut in 1916, modeling gowns by Lady Duff-Gordon in a fashion newsreel.

Davies appeared in her first feature film in the 1917 Runaway Romany and then became the mistress of newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst. He then took over management of her career, financed Davies' pictures and promoted her heavily through his newspapers and Hearst Newsreels. Hearst founded Cosmopolitan Pictures to produce her films. He preferred to see her in historical dramas, but her real talent was in comedy.

Today Davies is remembered mainly as Hearst's mistress until his death, and as the hostess of many lavish events for the 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.

Davies 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 from complications due to malignant osteomyelitis (cancer of the jaw) in 1961 at the age of 64.

Take a look at these glamorous photos to see the beauty of Marion Davies in the 1920s and 1930s.


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