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Gloria Swanson, Marion Davies, Constance Bennett and Jean Harlow at a Tyrolean-themed costume party at Marion Davies’ Ocean House, 1934

"Gloria Swanson was at the beach house one night. She was a little prankster at heart; she loved to have fun. She said, "Here’s what we’re going to do. Let’s not look at a picture tonight; let’s play a game." It was a little like playing Post Office. You would say to a man…"Who would you like to marry?"
They would look around. It was just a game, but still their true feelings came out. They would say, “That one.” Eleanor Boardman or somebody else. We would say to both of them, “Come into the next room and seal the ceremony.”
Then we would go into the Marine Room, next to the library, and they wouldn’t know exactly what was happening, but we had it all planned. We had a pillow there and they were supposed to kneel. I would say, “Do you take this woman to be your lawful wedded wife?”
The man would say, “I do.”
"I’d say, "Seal the pact with a kiss." As they reached forward, Gloria would take a bag with ice in it and bang them in the face. They would fall backward. We wouldn’t let them out of the room until we pulled that gag.
It sounds silly, but it was really fun.”

~Marion Davies, describing teaming up with Gloria Swanson to HIT PEOPLE IN THE FACE WITH BAGS OF ICE. Knocking them down. While holding them prisoner in a room. At a party. :)
(excerpt from The Times We Had, image via)

Gloria Swanson, Marion Davies, Constance Bennett and Jean Harlow at a Tyrolean-themed costume party at Marion Davies’ Ocean House, 1934

"Gloria Swanson was at the beach house one night. She was a little prankster at heart; she loved to have fun. She said, "Here’s what we’re going to do. Let’s not look at a picture tonight; let’s play a game." It was a little like playing Post Office. You would say to a man…"Who would you like to marry?"

They would look around. It was just a game, but still their true feelings came out. They would say, “That one.” Eleanor Boardman or somebody else. We would say to both of them, “Come into the next room and seal the ceremony.”

Then we would go into the Marine Room, next to the library, and they wouldn’t know exactly what was happening, but we had it all planned. We had a pillow there and they were supposed to kneel. I would say, “Do you take this woman to be your lawful wedded wife?”

The man would say, “I do.”

"I’d say, "Seal the pact with a kiss." As they reached forward, Gloria would take a bag with ice in it and bang them in the face. They would fall backward. We wouldn’t let them out of the room until we pulled that gag.

It sounds silly, but it was really fun.”

~Marion Davies, describing teaming up with Gloria Swanson to HIT PEOPLE IN THE FACE WITH BAGS OF ICE. Knocking them down. While holding them prisoner in a room. At a party. :)

(excerpt from The Times We Had, image via)

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