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Marion Davies

From Wikipedia Marion Davies (January 3, 1897 – September 22, 1961) was an American film actress, producer, screenwriter, and philanthropist. Davies was already building a solid reputation as a film comedienne when newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, with whom she had begun a romantic relationship, took over management of her career. Hearst financed Davies' pictures, promoted her heavily through his newspapers and Hearst Newsreels, and pressured studios to cast her in historical dramas for which she was ill-suited. For this reason, Davies is better remembered today as Hearst's mistress and the hostess of many lavish events for the Hollywood elite. In particular, her name is linked with the 1924 scandal aboard Hearst's yacht where one of his guests, film producer Thomas Ince, died. In the film Citizen Kane (1941), the title character's wife—an untalented singer whom he tries to promote—was widely assumed to be based on Davies. But many commentators, including Citizen Kane writer/director Orson Welles himself, have defended Davies' record as a gifted actress, to whom Hearst's patronage did more harm than good. She 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 of stomach cancer in 1961 at the age of 64.

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Jan 3, 1897 In Brooklyn [now in New York City], New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Getting Mary Married 1919-04-19
Latest Project:
Movie The Battle Over Citizen Kane 1996-01-29
Known For
Poster of Quality Street
Poster of Adam and Eva
Poster of The Bride's Play
Poster of The Restless Sex
Movie The Battle Over Citizen Kane Herself (archive footage) 1996-01-29
Movie That's Entertainment! III 1994-07-01
Movie Hollywood Without Make-Up 1963-07-01
Movie Ever Since Eve Marge Winton 1937-07-15
Movie Hearts Divided Betsy Patterson 1936-06-20
Movie Cain and Mabel Mabel O'Dare 1936-09-26
Movie A Dream Comes True Herself (uncredited) 1935-12-31
Movie Page Miss Glory Loretta 1935-09-07
Movie Operator 13 Gail Loveless 1934-06-08
Movie Peg o' My Heart Margaret 'Peg' O'Connell 1933-05-26
Movie Going Hollywood Sylvia Bruce 1933-12-22
Movie Blondie of the Follies Blondie McClune 1932-09-01
Movie Polly of the Circus Polly Fisher 1932-02-26
Movie It's a Wise Child Joyce Stanton 1931-04-10
Movie The Bachelor Father Antoinette 'Tony' Flagg 1931-01-10
Movie Five and Ten Jennifer Rarick 1931-06-13
Movie The Christmas Party Herself (uncredited) 1931-12-15
Movie Not So Dumb Dulcy 1930-02-02
Movie The Florodora Girl Daisy 1930-05-31
Movie Marianne Marianne 1929-08-24
Movie The Hollywood Revue of 1929 Herself 1929-11-23
Movie The Patsy Patricia Harrington 1928-04-22
Movie The Cardboard Lover Sally 1928-09-02
Movie Show People Peggy Pepper 1928-11-20
Movie The Red Mill Tina 1927-01-29
Movie Quality Street Phoebe Throssel 1927-11-01
Movie The Fair Co-Ed Marion 1927-10-22
Movie Beverly of Graustark 1926-04-18
Movie Lights of Old Broadway Fely / Anne 1925-10-31
Movie Zander the Great Mamie Smith 1925-05-01
Movie Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ Chariot Race Spectator (uncredited) 1925-12-30
Movie Janice Meredith Janice Meredith 1924-12-08
Movie Adam and Eva Eva King 1923-02-11
Movie Little Old New York Patricia O'Day 1923-08-01
Movie Beauty's Worth Prudence Cole 1922-05-14
Movie The Bride's Play Enid of Cashell / Aileen Barrett 1922-01-22
Movie A Trip to Paramountown Herself 1922-07-10
Movie When Knighthood Was in Flower Mary Tudor 1922-09-15
Movie Enchantment Ethel Hoyt 1921-10-29
Movie The Restless Sex Stephanie 1920-11-12
Movie Getting Mary Married Mary Bussard 1919-04-19
Movie The Cinema Murder Elizabeth Dalston 1919-12-14