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1897 - 1961
The actress Marion Davies was born as Marion Cecelia Douras in Brooklyn, New York. Her long-standing relationship with media mogul William Randolph Hearst, who supported her career intensive, covered the talent of this bewitching comedienne. Her life with Hearst was the basis of the fictitious realisation of Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane" - however the part of Susan Alexander had nothing to do with the real Marion Davies.
Marion Davies began her career in the show business as a member of the
Ziegfeld Follies. When she made her film debut with "Runaway, Romany" (17),
she also wrote the script for it.
Briefly afterwards she met William Randolph Hearst who was fascinated
of her. He founded the Cosmopolitan pictures to produce movies specifically
for Marion Davies. In the next years he invested enormous amounts of money
for the movies and the publicity, but the movies didn't bring in the money
Hearst himself prefered to see Marion Davies in extravagante costume movies like "Janice Meredith" (24) and "Quality Street" (27), but in retrospect it were comedies above all in which she shone.
She crowned her height at the end of the 20's with the comedies "Tillie the Toiler" (27), "The Fair Co-Ed" (27) and with the movies "The Patsy" (28) and "Show People" (28), both directed by King Vidor.
Eventually the efforts of Hearst to announce Marion Davies as a great
star over and over again pointed out as a boomerang. The audience was surfeited
and looked for new stars.
After her change to MGM she was able to go on from from former successes with "Page Miss Glory" (35), "Hearts Divided" (36), "Cain and Mabel" (36) and "Ever Since Eve" (37).
When William Randolph Hearst went through a financial collapse he liquidated
Cosmopolitan and Marion Davies retired from the film business to look after
Hearst. Only after Hearst's death she looked for a new professional acitivity
which she also organzied very well without Hearst's support.
Other movies with Marion Davies: