Marion Davies

Marion Davies – Photos and Quotes

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“I couldn’t act, but the idea of silent pictures appealed to me, because I couldn’t talk either.”Marion Davies, who spoke with a stutter.

Source: The Times We Had by Marion Davies (edited by Pamela Pfau and Kenneth S. Marx).
Photo: Ruth Harriet Louise in 1926.

 

 

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April Folly

 

April Folly 1920 Marion Davies

April Folly (1920)

 

 

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“I was constantly thinking of myself, nothing else. Young people never appreciate the beauty of things. Maybe I was the one and only, but I’d look at things in a gallery or a museum and I wouldn’t see them. It was a long time afterwards that I realized that they were marvelous.”Marion Davies

Source: The Times We Had, by Marion Davies (Edited by Pamela Pfau and Kenneth S. Marx).

Photo: George Hurrell

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Marion Davies painting

Artist: Thelma June Tretheway. Year: 1925. Oil on board. 11.5 x 9.5 inches.

 

Marion Davies painting

 

Marion Davies painting

 

Marion Pickford painting

Artist: Nikol Shattenstein. Year: not given. Oil. Top photo: 81″ (h) x 41″. 3″ (w). Middle photo: 81″ x 41.”  Bottom photo: 42 x 80 canvas oil painting. Commissioned by Davies for one of her homes.

 

Marion Davies dressing room door

The door to Marion Davies‘ portable dressing room at M-G-M, circa 1926. (LAPL: 00094294)

 

Marion Davies and her sister, Ethel Douras, attending Rudolph Valentino’s West Coast funeral held at the Catholic Church of the Good Shepherd (505 N. Bedford Dr., Beverly Hills) on September 7, 1926. (LAPL) Bizarre Los Angeles

With her sister, Ethel Douras, attending Rudolph Valentino’s West Coast funeral held at the Catholic Church of the Good Shepherd (505 N. Bedford Dr., Beverly Hills) on September 7, 1926. (LAPL)

 

Marion Davies in "The Red Mill" (1927) Bizarre Los Angeles

“I dop my work in the middle of everything when I find that I am fatigued. And during every change of scene I go into my dressing room and sit quietly with my eyes shut, even only for five minutes.”Marion Davies

Source: 1927

Photo: The Red Mill (1927)

 

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“People with nerves should never go into the movies, and people without nerve can’t.” – Marion Davies

Source: Myrtle Gephart (1928)
Photographer: Ruth Harriet Louise (1928)

 

 

Marion Davies as Pola Negri

Marion Davies as Pola Negri.

“Marion Davies was a mimic and a parodist and a very original sort of comedienne, but though [William Randolph] Hearst liked her to make him laugh at home, he wanted her to be a romantic maiden in the movies, and—what was irreconcilable with her talent—dignified.” – Pauline Kael, film critic, explaining why Hearst kept Davies from making too many comedies.

 

"Hollywood is a place where one hundred people have convinced the world that they are more important than the other many millions who live on the old globe." -- Marion Davies (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“Hollywood is a place where one hundred people have convinced the world that they are more important than the other many millions who live on the old globe.”Marion Davies

Source: Myrtle Gebhart (1928)

Photo: 1929

 

Marion Davies Chinese Theater

At the Hollywood premiere of The Broadway Melody at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Feb. 1, 1929. LAPL

 

 

Marion Davies Five o clock girlMarion Davies, Charles King, and Aileen Pringle in a still from the ill-fated musical, The Five O’Clock Girl, a late 1920s film that was either never completed or shelved indefinitely. A true piece of Lost Hollywood.

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Marion Davies William HainesMarion Davies poses for caricature artist Major while William Haines looks on. Haines is wearing a gob for the movie Navy Blues (1929). Chances are that Davies was filming Not So Dumb (1930) at the time.

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Marion Davies party

Davies at a costume party thrown at her Santa Monica Beach House around 1930. The mansion was often referred to as “The Versailles of Hollywood” and provided the setting for a number of lavish parties.

 

Posing with Norma Shearer.

 

Charles K Arthur Marion Davies Party

With George K. Arthur

 

Marion Davies Santa Monica Beach house. Bizarre Los Angeles

Marion Davies Santa Monica Beach house (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Marion Davies Santa Monica Beach house: kitchen. (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Marion Davies Santa Monica Beach house. (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Views of Marion Davies’ Santa Monica Beach House in its prime.

 

 

Pantages Charles Chaplin Marion Davies Floradora Girl 1930

Floradora Pantages Charles Chaplin and Marion Davies

The Hollywood Pantages Theatre opened June 5, 1930 with the premiere of The Floradora Girl, starring Marion Davies. Here she is with Charles Chaplin. In the bottom photo, they are joined by character actor Walter Catlett. The master of ceremonies (inside the theatre) was Eddie Cantor.

Edwin Shallert of the Los Angeles Times wrote:
“Crowds throng the streets as only crowds can when the show is programmed to have all the stars present. The huge lobby of the new theater was ablaze with lights. The radio hummed with the introductions of the sparklers of cinemaland, and their brief comments. Fashion and display prevailed as only fashion and display can prevail when a new theater for pictures is to be dedicated.”

Its builder, Alexander Pantages, who faced charges for the alleged rape of a showgirl, spent the night in the Los Angeles County Jail, listening to the premiere broadcast from a hospital cot.

"I like to be myself and try to avoid roles incongruous to my own personality. I want to keep on playing in comedies." -- Marion Davies in 1931. (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“I like to be myself and try to avoid roles incongruous to my own personality. I want to keep on playing in comedies.”Marion Davies

Source: 1931

Photo: 1931

 

 

"If I can make people laugh I am content to leave the sobs to others." -- Marion Davies (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“If I can make people laugh I am content to leave the sobs to others.”Marion Davies

Source: 1931

Photo: 1931

 

In 1932, Gary Cooper through a private party at his home for John Hay Whitney and his wife. In attendance were Helen Hayes, Mary Pickford, Richard Arlen and Marion Davies. Here they are, posing in Coop‘s den.

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“There are too many tears in real life. I would rather supply some laughs. I enjoy living and like to do what I can to help make others enjoy themselves.”Marion Davies in 1931.

Photo: C.S. Bull

 

Marion Davies

“To tell the truth, I am afraid of death for myself…I am afraid of nothingness. I think I could tackle any problem, any new work there might be to do – in any new world – but oblivion terrifies me, the me that is me. There is something about nothingness that is so unbearably cold and lonely.”Marion Davies

Source: Gladys Hall (1933)
Photo: C.S. Bull

 

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Marion Davies Dressing Room

Inside Marion Davies‘ portable star trailer in the 1930s.

Photographer: C.S. Bull

 

One of the "fourteen-room dressing quarters" built for Marion Davies on the MGM lot. The cost of the house was in the neighborhood of $100,000. When Davies left MGM, in 1934, the building was dismantled. (Bizarre Los Angeles)

One of the “fourteen-room dressing quarters” built for Marion Davies on the MGM lot. The cost of the house was in the neighborhood of $100,000. When Davies left MGM, in 1934, the building was dismantled.

 

Marion Davies

“With me, it was 5% talent and 95% publicity.”Marion Davies

 

Marion Davies as Marie Antoinette (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“One of the alleged reasons Marion departed the M.-G.-M. lot was that the best stories were given to Norma Shearer. ‘The Barretts of Wimpole Street’ was one. Another was ‘Marie Antoinette’ with Miss Shearer, but the stork will hold up production. So what do you think will be the first picture for Miss Davies at Warners? Why, ‘Marie Antoinette,’ of course. And Jack Warner will personally supervise the show.” — article Marion Davies, House and All, Quites M.-G.-M., November 17, 1934.

Photo: As Marie Antoinette. The Warner Bros. rival project, however, never materialized.

 

Famous lips of 1935: Bette Davis, Ann Dvorak, Winifred Shaw, Glenda Farrell, Dolores Del Rio, Verree Teasdale, Marion Davies, Jean Muir, Josephine Hutchinson, Olivia de Havilland, Anita Louise, Patricia Ellis, Ruby Keeler, Joan Blondell, Margaret Lindsey and Kay Francis.

 

Marion Davies Beach House 1940s

“Movie Stars Homes on Beach at Santa Monica.” The large white building at the bottom of the picture is Marion Davies’ Santa Monica Beach House, c. 1930s.

Photographer: Bob Plunkett.

 

Marion Davies Clinic

“I’ll probably be remembered more for the parties I gave at the [Santa Monica] beach house, but the clinic is the real joy of my life.”Marion Davies in 1960 (a year before her death).

Here she is in 1958, presenting a check for $1,500,000 for the construction of the Marion Davies Children’s Wing at UCLA Medical Center.

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2 thoughts on “Marion Davies – Photos and Quotes

  1. The Marion Davies Center still exists and WAS NOT replace by Mattel which is across the street from the medical center and the Marion Davies wing!!!

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