Happy Birthday Marion Davies

It's Marion Davies birthday, and the Annenberg Community Beach House is throwing a party.

Happy Birthday, Marion...it's time to party.  On Sunday, January 20 from 11-4, this free event celebrates what would have been actress Marion Davies’ 122nd birthday.

An actress from the silent era who had a decades-long affair with publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, Marion Davies was also a famed party hostess and original Beach House resident whose effervescent personality was likened to the "bubbles in a glass of champagne.”

During this special afternoon, you can explore Marion’s beautifully decorated guest house, dance to live old-timey music, hear stories from her past and enjoy a screening of 1930 MGM classic The Florodora Girl staring Ms. Davies.

Guests are encouraged to come in their favorite Gold Coast era attire or in costume as if attending one of Davies’s famed costume parties. Happy Birthday, Marion! is a free, all ages event but reservations are recommended.  To register, click HERE.

Back in 1928, Davies had her Santa Monica beach house built by Julia Morgan, the acclaimed architect who also designed Hearst Castle.

Marion's Beach house is actually the guest house on the property that is currently known as the Annenberg Community Beach House, originally a 118 room mansion built by William Randolph Hearst.  It was here that Davies and Hearst entertained celebrities such as Charlie Chaplin, Louis B. Mayer, Samuel Goldwyn, Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, and Joan Crawford and other stars of the day.

By 1945 the property was sold and run as a hotel. In 1957, the main house was torn down and the servants quarters were turned into the Sand and Sea Club which closed in 1990.

The property was then used as a location for tv shows and movies, probably most famous for being the Beverly Hills Beach Club from Beverly Hills, 90210 where the gang hung out as Brandon worked.

It was also known as The Malibu Sands Beach Club from Saved by the Bell, and most recently as The Southfork Inn in Revenge.

After the Northridge Earthquake in 1994, the property was boarded up and fenced in and it sat empty for years and years.

In the mid-2000s, the Annenberg Foundation provided a $27.5 million grant that paved the way for the site's rehabilitation which combines elements of the historic Marion Davies Estate with new amenities to create a truly unique community destination that's open to all.

On April 25, 2009, the site opened to the public as the Annenberg Community Beach House.

So come and celebrate Marion Davis on her birthday. What a wonderful way to celebrate old Hollywood. It’s a slice of Gold Coast history come to life! That is why we ❤️this. Happy Birthday, Marion.

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