Born: January 3, 1897 in Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died: September 22, 1961 in Hollywood, CA, USA
|~Stars of the Photoplay, 1930~
About the year 1915, a beautiful blonde girl went to work in the chorus of Zeigfeld's "Follies." She
called herself Marion Davies. Her father was Bernard J. Douras, a City Magistrate of New York. In
1919, she entered pictures, soon rose to stardom, and is now on the screen's leading comediennes.
Marion was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., January 1, 1900. She is 5 feet, 5 1/2 inches tall, weighs 123, had
golden hair and blue eyes. After years in costume drama, Marion found her true forte in straight
|~Marion Davies goes into the
Follies for her new film
"Blondie of the Follies," in
co-stars her with Robert
Montgomery. This recalls that
Marion rose to fame, and here
is a sketch of Miss Davies as a
Follies girl, drawn by the
celebrated illustrator, Harrison
|~The Los Angeles Times~
September 1, 2002 &
November 21, 2008
Marion Davies was a former Ziegfeld girl who became a comedic actress and mistress to tycoon
William Randolph Hearst.
Davies created a splash in "Ziegfeld Follies of 1916," during which she met Hearst and became his
mistress for the next 34 years, until his death.
Hearst's wife refused to divorce him to let him marry Davies, so he dove shamelessly into an
extramarital affair. When Davies decided she wanted to act, Hearst founded a movie studio to keep
her working and ordered all his newspapers to give her rave reviews.
Her motion picture career spanned two decades, from 1917 to 1937.
She starred in pictures produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Columbia and Warner Bros., including
"Fair Coed," "Quality Street," "The Cardboard Lover," "Not So Dumb," and "Bachelor Father."
Among her last pictures were "Page Miss Glory," "Hearts Divided," and "Cain and Mable."
Davies shined as a comedian, but Hearst wanted her to be a serious leading lady, and his grousing at
the studios brought her career to a premature demise. She retired in 1937 and died of cancer in 1961.
She's interred in a mausoleum at the Hollywood Forever cemetery marked by her family name,
— Paul Zollo and Susan King in the Los Angeles Times Sept. 1, 2002 and Nov. 21, 2008