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Marion Davies

Actress + Producer + Screenwriter
Born Jan 3, 1897

Marion Davies was an American film actress, best known for her relationship with newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst. Davies was already building a reputation as a popular film comedienne when Hearst took over her career, promoting her heavily through his newspapers, and pressuring the studios to cast her in historical dramas to which she was not suited.… Read More

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1897 Birth Davies was born Marion Cecilia Douras on January 3, 1897 in Brooklyn, New York, 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). … Read More


1916 19 Years Old After making her screen debut in late 1916 in a fashion newsreel, modeling gowns by Lady Duff-Gordon, she appeared in her first feature film in 1917's Runaway Romany. … Read More


1918 21 Years Old Cecilia of the Pink Roses in 1918 was her first film backed by Hearst. … Read More
1924 27 Years Old …  In particular, her name is linked with the 1924 scandal aboard Hearst's yacht when one of his guests, film producer Thomas Ince, is rumored to have been shot dead by Hearst in a rage when he caught Davies embracing an unidentified male figure. … Read More


1951 54 Years Old Eleven weeks and one day after Hearst's death, Davies married Horace Brown on October 31, 1951, in Las Vegas. … Read More
1952 55 Years Old In her last years, Davies was involved with charity work. In 1952, she donated $1.9 million to establish a children's clinic at UCLA, which was changed to The Mattel Children's Hospital in 1998. … Read More
1956 59 Years Old She suffered a minor stroke in 1956, and was later diagnosed with cancer of the jaw. … Read More


1960 63 Years Old 1 More Event
The last time Davies was seen by the American public was on January 10, 1960, on an NBC television special called Hedda Hopper's Hollywood.
1961 65 Years Old Davies died of stomach cancer on September 22, 1961 in her home in Hollywood, California. … Read More
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