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Marion Davies

Marion Cecelia Douras


(1897 - 1961)

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Marion Davies was born in Brooklyn, New York, and followed her sisters into show business. By the age of twenty she had appeared as a chorus girl in a number of Broadway shows including the famed “Ziegfeld Follies.” Throughout the rest of her twenties she starred in over two dozen films which were heavily promoted by her lover, newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst. With regard to jazz standards, Davies and Cliff Edwards introduced “Just You, Just Me” in the 1929 MGM film Marianne. Her career began to falter in the mid-1930s, coincident with Hearst’s financial troubles, and in 1937, at the age of forty she made her final film.

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Marion Davies

Times We Had

Ballantine Books

David Nasaw

The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst

Mariner Books

Captured on Film - The True Story of Marion Davies (2001)


Marion Davies, William Haines

Show People (1928)


Bing Crosby, Marion Davies

Going Hollywood (1933)


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