Job Actress, film producer, screenwriter, philanthropist
Years active 1917-1937
Top Roles Congregation Member, Gail Loveless, Margaret 'Peg' O'Connell, Fely / Anne, Sylvia Bruce
Top GenresComedy, Romance, Drama, Silent Films, Musical, Historical
Top TopicsRomance (Comic), Mistaken Identity, Show Business
Top Collaborators (Director), (Director), (Producer),
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Marion Davies Overview:

Legendary actress, Marion Davies, was born Marion Cecelia Douras on Jan 3, 1897 in Brooklyn, NY. Davies died at the age of 64 on Sep 22, 1961 in Hollywood, CA and was laid to rest in Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, CA.


Bright, chirpy, round-faced Hollywood blonde whose talent for comedy went largely unappreciated in its day because she was the mistress of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst whose money kept her in leading roles for 20 years. Nowadays critical opinion, looking objectively at Marion's career, seems to be that the fun-loving girl with the delightful stutter would probably have done very nicely without her protector. Died of cancer.

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She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. Marion Davies's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #13 on May 13, 1929. Davies was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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Marion Davies Quotes:

Captain Jack Gailliard C.S.A.: You know, Lucille, some day that snoopy little nose of yours is gonna lead you right into trouble.
Gail Loveless: No, sir, but if it do, these feet of mine are gonna get me right out.

Bertram 'Berry' Rhodes: What kind of woman are you to make a man forget his fiancée?
Jennifer Rarick: What kind of man are you to make a woman forget a man's fiancée?

Loretta Dalrymple, aka Miss Dawn Glory: [Last Lines]
[said while the plane they are in is doing loops]
Loretta Dalrymple, aka Miss Dawn Glory: Now, loop me, Bingo!
Bingo Nelson: Hold on, honey.
Loretta Dalrymple, aka Miss Dawn Glory: Ooh! I've found my dream man and I've never been so h-h-happy in all my life.

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Sister-in-law of George Regas.

She was William Randolph Hearst's mistress for over 30 years. It was widely considered the "worst kept secret in Hollywood" that she lived with him in California while his wife Millicent resided in New York. His wife would not grant him a divorce so that he could marry Marion. Marion retired from the screen in the late 1930s so she could be with Hearst as his health was declining. When Hearst lay dying in 1951 at the age of 88, Marion was given a sedative by his lawyer. When she awoke several hours later, she discovered that Hearst had died and that his associates had removed his body as well as all his belongings and any trace that he had lived there with her. His family had a big formal funeral for him in San Francisco. Marion did not attend.

Interred at Hollywood Memorial Cemetery (now called Hollywood Forever), Hollywood, California, USA, in section B, east side of the lake.

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