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, 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 1 More Event
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 and Howard Chandler Christy. In 1916, Davies was signed on as a Ziegfeld girl in the Ziegfeld Follies.


1918 21 Years Old 1 More Event
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.
1920 23 Years Old …  Lake claimed she was born in a Catholic hospital outside of Paris between 1920 and 1923 (she was unsure of the precise date). … Read More
1924 27 Years Old 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. … 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


1961 64 Years Old 1 More Event
Davies died of stomach cancer on September 22, 1961, in her home in Hollywood, California. … Read More
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