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|Also Known As:||Marion Cecilia Douras||Died:||September 22, 1961|
|Born:||January 3, 1897||Cause of Death:||cancer|
|Birth Place:||Brooklyn, New York, USA||Profession:||Cast ... actor producer model business executive|
A charming actress whose career spanned from the end of the silent era to the first decade of the talkies, Marion Davies' substantial talent was overshadowed by her storied personal life and ongoing affair with powerful newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. It was as a 19-year-old performer on Broadway that Davies first met Hearst, a married man who, after falling in love with the young actress, vowed to make her one of Hollywood's greatest stars. Literally sparing no expense, Hearst created a production company solely for Davies' projects and leveraged deals with major studios to distribute her films. Although her benefactor preferred to see his star in such elaborate costume dramas as "Buried Treasure" (1921) and "When Knighthood was in Flower" (1922), Davies' impish personality made her far better suited for comedies like "Tillie the Toiler" (1927) and "The Patsy" (1928). Whether justified or not, it was Davies' off-screen travails that earned her lasting notoriety over the years. The sudden death of silent film producer Thomas Ince on Hearst's yacht led to persistent rumors of murder and a cover-up. Years later, Hollywood wunderkind Orson Welles' film à clef "Citizen Kane" (1941) made the newspaper tycoon apoplectic when he was told the film cast him, and particularly Davies, in an unflattering light. Frequently painted as a party-loving gold-digger by the ill-informed, a closer look at Davies and her complicated relationship with Hearst revealed an ambitious, talented and devoted woman who possessed an inner-strength largely unrecognized by the public.
09165j ( 2007-05-25 )
Source: Leading Ladies: The 50 Most Unforgettable Actresses of the Studio Era
In 1924, when Marion Davies and William Randolph Hearst had a yachting party that went from New York to California. Aboard the yacht were personalities like Elinor Glyn and Charlie Chaplin. It was while aboard the Hearst Yacht that Marion Davies began a secret affair with Mr.Chaplin and when William Randolph Hearst discovered this he actually attempted to kill Chaplin aboard the boat by firing shots from a small handgun he had hidden in his bedroom. Fortunatley, Chaplin survived the near-fatal attacks, yet the affair continued until their arrival to California.
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