By all accounts, Davies was a handful. She lived nocturnally and drank like a fish, refusing to let Prohibition get in the way. Though Hearst frowned upon alcoholic excess, he financed her indulgences. When she toured the country with the musical “Oh, Boy,” Davies stayed in suites and threw at least one bash with bottomless champagne and caviar.
And why did she stay with William Randolph Hearst? Marion Davies in her own words:
God, I’d give everything I have to marry that silly old man. Not for the money and security—he’s given me more than I’ll ever need. Not because he’s such cozy company, either. Most times, when he starts jawing, he bores me stiff. And certainly not because he’s so wonderful behind the barn. Why, I could find a million better lays any Wednesday. No, you know what he gives me, sugar? He gives me the feeling I’m worth something to him. A whole lot of what we have, or don’t have, I don’t like. He’s got a wife who’ll never give him a divorce. She knows about me, but it’s still understood that when she decides to go to the ranch for a week or a weekend, I’ve got to vamoose. And he snores, and he can be petty, and has sons about as old as me. But he’s kind and he’s good to me, and I’d never walk out on him.
Final Resting Place:
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, California, 90038
Grave Location:Garden of Legends
Grave Location Description
As you enter the cemetery take the first left and drive all the way to the far side of the lake. Marion Davies has a rather large private mausoleum on the east side of the lake about 20 feet from the water and 20 feet from Tyrone Power.
Grave Location GPS34.089001, -118.316597
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Read More About Marion Davies:
- Wikipedia Entry
- Scandalous Facts About Marion Davies, The Queen Of The Screen
- The “Dirty Trick” Orson Welles Played on Marion Davies
- San Simeon's Child by Vanity Fair
- The Forgotten Story of the Hearst Castle & Ranch
- Marion Davies: Of Hearst and Hollywood
- True story of actress Marion Davies
- William Randolph Hearst Lover And Harlemite Marion Davies
- North Beverly Drive – The Home of William Randolph Hearst and Marion Davies