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Happy Birthday Marion Davies (January 3, 1897 - September 22, 1961)

"Marion Davies on-screen was apparently just being herself. She comes across as highly likable, a quality she had in abundance in real life. Considering that her career was shaped and protected by one of the most powerful and hated men in America [William Randolph Hearst] and that she had everything material that anyone could possibly want, people might easily have hated her. But they didn’t. Everyone loved her. She didn’t seem to inspire dislike or jealously, even in a business famous for unpleasant competition, because she didn’t take herself seriously. Her fabulous onyx-and-diamond cigarette case had a rubber band around it to hold it together, and she loved a bargain. She was down-to-earth, natural, and very funny."

~Jeanine Basinger, Silent Stars

Happy Birthday Marion Davies (January 3, 1897 - September 22, 1961)

"Marion Davies on-screen was apparently just being herself. She comes across as highly likable, a quality she had in abundance in real life. Considering that her career was shaped and protected by one of the most powerful and hated men in America [William Randolph Hearst] and that she had everything material that anyone could possibly want, people might easily have hated her. But they didn’t. Everyone loved her. She didn’t seem to inspire dislike or jealously, even in a business famous for unpleasant competition, because she didn’t take herself seriously. Her fabulous onyx-and-diamond cigarette case had a rubber band around it to hold it together, and she loved a bargain. She was down-to-earth, natural, and very funny."

~Jeanine Basinger, Silent Stars

Ruan Lingyu
Louise Brooks with brother Theodore, 1928