Happy birthday, Marion Davies

Photo by Catherine Lacey Photography

Photo by Catherine Lacey Photography

Singer Janet Klein cut a rug 1920s-and-‘30s-style at the Annenberg Community Beach House last Sunday as costumed Santa Monica Conservatory docents celebrated what would have been the 118th birthday of silent film and talkie star Marion Davies, the house’s former owner.

Davies starred alongside Clark Gable in 1936’s “Cain and Mabel,” paired up with Bing Crosby in 1936’s “Going Hollywood” and played the lead in the 1928 King Vidor romantic comedy “Show People,” which docents screened during the party. She was also famous for being the mistress of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, who backed her first film.

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