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Marion Davies

Marion Davies

D.O.B.: January 3, 1897 (Brooklyn, NY)

D.O.D.: September 22, 1961 (Los Angeles, CA)

Cause of Death: Cancer

Location: Hollywood Forever; Douras Mausoleum; Section 8; Lot 261-264

Biographical Notes:

Marion Davies was an actress and longtime mistress of tycoon William Randolph Hearst, the newspaper tycoon who was the inspiration for the classic movie "Citizen Kane". 

Charlie Chaplin had wrote in his autobiography "To my Surprise, she was quite a comedienne, with charm and appeal and would have been a star in her own right without the cyclonic Hearst publicity." 

She spent about ten years with MGM in motion pictures. Hearst had decided that Davies should become a much bigger star than Mary Pickford. He bought a casino and turned it into a studio. The first joint venture of Davies and Hearst was "Cecilia of the Pink Roses", where Hearst touted her in his paper as a "triumph". Hearst's press constantly kept her name in the publics eye. 

When Hearst passed on, she was not invited to the funeral or mentioned in his will, although, she was provided for separately. She was left in voting control of the Hearst Organization, but agreed to relinquish her rights and serve only as an advisor for a salary of $1 per year. 

Marion Davies got her footprints immortalized in the cement outside of Mann's Chinese Theatre. She died at the age of 64 and left behind an eight million dollar estate.

Appeared in:

"Cain and Mabel" (1936) Movie

"A Christmas Story" (1931) Movie

"The Patsy" (1928) Movie

 

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