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Marion Davies Estate

Santa Monica Historical Society Museum
For Immediate Release


Marion Davies Estate: Past, Present & Future

Exhibit and Lecture


The Santa Monica Historical Society Museum is hosting a free exhibit reception and lecture on its current exhibit, “Marion Davies Estate”, on Sunday, January 8th from 2pm to 4pm, lecture will begin at 2:30pm.

Marion Davies began her acting career on Broadway and her first film was “Runaway Romany” at the age of 20.  Marion became the most promoted actress through William Randolph Hearst’s newspaper empire, and during the 1920s, she appeared in twenty-nine films.  In the early 1920s, she and Hearst moved their company, Cosmopolitan Productions, to California.  By 1930, Hearst had built Marion Davies the grandest estate on the “Gold Coast” of Santa Monica beach. The exhibit features historic photographs of Marion Davies and her estate’s five elaborately decorated buildings, landscape and swimming pool from the Bison Archives.

Marc Wanamaker, founder of Bison Archives and professional consultant on motion pictures, will give a lecture on the history of Marion Davies and her glamorous life at the estate.  The City of Santa Monica is in the process of revitalizing 415 PCH (http//  A generous gift from the Annenberg Foundation has made it possible to preserve the location as a public beach facility for the enjoyment of many generations to come. The City’s Director of Community and Cultural Services, Barbara Stinchfield, and Jessica Cusick, Cultural Affairs Manager, as well as John Berley with Fred Fisher and Partners will be on hand to provide an overview and to discuss the ways the layered history of the site will come alive in the final project.

The museum collects and preserves the Santa Monica Bay history.  The museum is located at 1539 Euclid Street in Santa Monica.  For more information, call (310) 395-2290.