Annenberg Community Beach House throws its annual Marion Davies birthday bash

Marion Davies in the 1920s

The third of January marked what would have been philanthropist and silent film star Marion Davies’ 121st birthday. On Sunday, the Santa Monica Conservancy throws a belated birthday bash for the dearly departed actress at the Annenberg Community Beach House — the site where Davies once threw lavish parties as the queen of California’s Gold Coast and mistress to media mogul William Randolph Hearst.
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. party guests can travel back in time to the Golden Age of Hollywood, celebrating on the same sands where the likes of Winston Churchill and Charlie Chaplin once partied. LA Love Band performs music from the classic American songbook, while dancers from Santa Monica’s Arthur Murray Dance Studio foxtrot and lindy hop on the dance floor. Magician Tom Frank also performs sleight of hand.
Producer Elaina Archer and Davies biographer Lara Fowler offer insight into the actress’ life and times, and curator of UCLA’s History of Medicine and the Sciences Russell Johnson discusses Davies’ philanthropic work.
Glam up to take your own silent movie era photo and enjoy something bubbly at 1:30 p.m., when the conservancy toasts the multi-faceted star. Jazz Age attire is encouraged, and all ages are welcome.

— Nicole Elizabeth Payne

“Happy Birthday Marion 2018!” happens from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 14) at the Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica. Free, but RSVP to (310) 458-4904 or