American actressMarion davies
, whose original name wasMarion Cecilia Douras
, was born on January 3, 1897 in Brooklyn, New York. She was best known for her 34-year relationship with the publishing giant.William Randolph Hearst
than for his career as an interpreter. Nonetheless, she was a popular movie star in the 1920s and was particularly admired for her comedic talents.
The father ofMarion, Bernard J. Douras, was a lawyer who served as a magistrate in New York City from 1918 to 1930. His three older sisters, Reine, Ethel, and Rose, also became actresses and, like Reine,Marionused the stage name ofDavies.
At 13 years old,Mariondebuted on stage as a showgirl inThe Blue Bird, and first appeared on Broadway in the playchin Chin(1914). She continued to appear on shows until 1917, when 54-year-old publishing mogul William Randolph Hearst saw her in the choir ofThe Ziegfeld Follies. Hearst was a married man, but he andDaviesthey began a relationship that lasted until his death in 1951. Hearst proceeded to use his influence and money to further her film careerDavies. According to his obituary in The New York Times, Hearst spent more than $ 7 million for that purpose.
made his film debut inRunaway Romany
(1917), and his first Hearst-supported film wasCecilia of the Pink Roses
(1918). She was often cast in dramatic roles, and one of her most popular films,When Knighthood Was in Flower
(1922), it was along these lines. However, he was much more successful in comic films such asEnchantment
(1921), the hit movieLittle Old New York
(1923),Zander the great
(1925), and especiallyThe Patsy
(both from 1928). He made his talk film debut inMarianne
acted alongsideClark gable
inPolly of the circus
(1932) andCain and Mabel
(1936) and with a young manBing crosby
(1933). He filmed his last movie,Ever since eve
, in 1937, the year she is said to have sold her jewelry to loan Hearst a million dollars to help him get out of temporary financial difficulties.
Rejected by the Hearst family after his death,Davies
she married an old friend, ship captain Horace G. Brown. Although she filed for divorce twice, she dropped both lawsuits and Brown survived her. In her post-Hollywood life, she proved herself to be a shrewd businesswoman. He made solid investments in real estate, including the purchase of the Desert Inn in Palm Springs, California, several office buildings in Manhattan, and a number of mansions and castles. Interested in philanthropy and politics, she supported various charities and campaigned on behalf ofJohn F. Kennedy
Daviesdied of cancer in 1961. Thirty-two years later, after the death of Patricia Van Cleve Lake, a woman believed to be the daughter of Rose, the sister ofDavies, Lake’s family revealed that Patricia was in fact the only child ofDaviesand Hearst.