Friday Glam Spam: Marion Davies

Marion Davies

(January 3, 1897 – September 22, 1961)

Image Sources: Doctor Macro (1, 4, 5); (2); Wikimedia Commons (3); Sunny Brook (6)


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     /  January 21, 2011

    GREAT photos Caroline!

    Her autograph is one that has always eluded me unfortunately but I love Marian! Her book “The Times We Had” is one of my favorite takes on early Hollywood through her experiences. I’ve worn the pages out from reading it over and over.

    Have a great weekend!

    • Thanks Page! I was very tempted to buy that one when I visited Hearst Castle, but for whatever reason (most likely financial) I stopped myself. I’ve been wanting to learn more about Marion, so I’ve just recently acquired a few of her films. My favorite part of Hearst Castle was the little ramp she installed in the fountain so her dachshunds could go for a swim — precious!

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     /  January 21, 2011

    oops I meant Marion of course!

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     /  January 21, 2011

    I had wanted to take the San Simeon tour for so very long and I finally talked a friend into driving down from SF one weekend to see it! As I walked along the grounds I kept thinking of the celebrities who had wandered around on their getaway weekends there. Then seeing the elevator where Marion’s close friends hid booze for her out of the way of Hearst’s prying eyes!

    I regret that we didn’t have time to take a more inclusive tour that included her upstairs bedroom and his private office! Plus I wanted so badly to go down that spiral staircase into the wine cellar. I think you would enjoy the book immensely as it has great personal photos of hers from all of her homes. I think I loaned the first one out and found another copy at a used book store.

    I posted a great panoramic virtual tour of the Hearst Castle on Clara’s blog awhile back but heres the link if you want to revisit it! It really is beautifully put together. The ability to go about the property and rooms at a 360 degree angle is something else!

    • Such a gorgeous website! It makes me want to go back. My mom and I went a few years ago because she remembered visiting as a kid and wanted to see it again; of course I wanted to go for its importance to Hollywood history! One part of the tour I remember was the trip to the private movie theater, where they showed a clip reel of some of the home movies taken at Marion’s parties; I recognized so many fabulous famous faces! I’m going to add Marion’s book to my wishlist right now, I’m sure I can find a used copy for a much better price than the one in the gift shop. :)

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