Annenberg Community Beach House

The Annenberg Community Beach House is hosting the second annual “Happy Birthday Marion” celebration on Jan 6. Santa Monica Conservancy docents will turn the spotlight on Marion Davies, the actress, philanthropist, famed party hostess and mistress of media tycoon William Randolph Hearst at Davies’s 1928 Julia Morgan designed Guest House.
This year’s celebration will feature a 30-minute beginner swing dance lesson with world-renowned instructor Giovanni Quintero, and dancing with Rusty Frank’s Lindy by the Sea dancers. From 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. guests may tour the historic Guest House, view photos of Davies, and hear stories highlighting aspects of her life and personality. Dancing starts at 11 a.m., with Quintero’s 30-minute swing dance lesson beginning at noon. Dancing will continue through 1:30 p.m., when the crowd will gather for a special birthday tribute to Marion, said Nan Friedman, manager of the Annenberg Community Beach House. Guests are welcome to come solo or with a partner, in their favorite Gold Coast era attire or in costume as if attending one of Davies’s famed costume parties.
Davies was born Marion Cecilia Douras in Brooklyn, New York on January 3, 1897. She was the youngest of five children born to Bernard and Rose Douras. After leaving school she became a sought-after model for the famous painters of the day. She assumed the stage name of Marion Davies and quickly established herself as a talented actress. By the time she met Hearst, she had already made a name for herself acting on Broadway. In 1918, shortly after meeting Hearst for the first time, she starred in “Cecilia of the Pink Roses,” a film backed by Hearst. From this point on, she was the most advertised actress in the world, according to www.hearstcastle.org.
All ages are welcome. Space is limited. The facility is wheelchair accessible and ADA-compliant. For disability accommodations, contact guest services at (310) 458-4904. For more information and to make a reservation for this free event, visit happybirthdaymarion2013.eventbrite.com or call (310) 458-4904. Parking is available for $3 per hour or $8 per day. The Annenberg Community Beach House is at 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu.

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