Hollywood Homes: Marion Davies

Stars, sexuality, historic preservation and power all met recently. You can go inside and catch the experience.

The Santa Monica bungalow of Marion Davies has been restored. Paramour of newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst, friend of the Roosevelts, star for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Warner Brothers, Davies hosted large, fabulous parties in her place.

Like much of the Golden Age in Hollywood, this three-story U-shaped beach mansion included  a stately colonnade and sweeping staircases that exuded grandeur.

Hearst lived there in grand style with his mistress, silent-film star Marion Davies, and in the 1920s and ’30s they entertained such bright lights as Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, Cary Grant and Gloria Swanson.

Read about this place where entertainment royalty cavorted during Hollywood’s Golden Age in Hollywood Bohemians. Then turn out to a new public beach facility featuring volleyball courts, rooms for community and private events, a playground and the same elaborately tiled swimming pool where Davies splashed with Charlie Chaplin.

Reblog this post [with Zemanta]Davies and Hearst owned other homes as well. Here’s a link to some fabulous photos.

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