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Marion Davies

Marion Davies

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Also Known As: Died: September 22, 1961
Born: January 3, 1897 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...
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"I had a really good time at MGM. And we had no quarrels much, except once in a while, I'd go up to the front office and say I thought I should be doing something big, like washing elephants ... All my life I wanted to have talent ... Finally I had to admit there was nothing there." --Marion Davies, quoted in "The Times We Had"

"I liked to think that WR was at his happiest when he was with me. Companionship and love. That was our pact ... I can't say I was ever unhappy, not at all. It was a big, gay party, every bit of it." --Marion Davies, quoted in "The Times We Had"

"Upon my honor

I saw a madonna

Sitting up in a niche

Above the door

Of the glamorous whore

Of a prominent son-of-a-bitch."

--attributed to Dorothy Parker after she saw Davies' studio bungalow, quoted in "Halliwell's Filgoers's Companion", Volume 8

It has been estimated that Hearst lost $7 million promoting Davies' career. --From Davies' The New York Times obituary, September 23, 1961.

Davies owned several office buildings in Manhattan for a number of years. She also owned a series of mansions and castles, among them the 55-room Ocean House, built in 1928 for $2 million and furnished with entire rooms imported from Europe at a reported cost of $1.25 million. --Source: Marion Davies' The New York Times obituary, September 23, 1961.

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