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A month of mistresses continues…

Marion Davies (1897-1961)

Marion, an accomplished actress, is unfortunately not remembered for her film career- but for being the mistress of William Randolph Hearst. If any of you have ever been to Hearst Castle in California, you’d see that she left her mark on the property. Where she threw lavish parties and hosted some fairly elite guests.

She is quoted as saying:

“God, I’d give everything I have to marry that silly old man. Not for the money and security—he’s given me more than I’ll ever need. Not because he’s such cozy company, either. Most times, when he starts jawing, he bores me stiff. And certainly not because he’s so wonderful behind the barn. Why, I could find a million better lays any Wednesday. No, you know what he gives me, sugar? He gives me the feeling I’m worth something to him. A whole lot of what we have, or don’t have, I don’t like. He’s got a wife who’ll never give him a divorce. She knows about me, but it’s still understood that when she decides to go to the ranch for a week or a weekend, I’ve got to vamoose. And he snores, and he can be petty, and has sons about as old as me. But he’s kind and he’s good to me, and I’d never walk out on him.”

The two never married, mainly because Hearst’s wife, Millicent, refused to grant him a divorce (and probably because it would cost a FORTUNE to get her to settle.) Marion did eventually marry Horace Brown about 3 months after Hearst died.

As if the very public affair wasn’t enough- Marion is also tied to two other scandals. There were claims that Patricia Lake (a socialite and actress) was the daughter of Davies and Hearst- but neither confirmed this. And then there was the Ince incident where film producer Thomas Ince died on Hearst’s yacht- Davies was on board at the time, along with Charlie Chaplin and other actors and actresses. The paperwork says he died of a heart condition, but others think that a very jealous Hearst played a hand in his demise.

You can read more about the Ince Scandal here: http://www.snopes.com/movies/other/ince.asp

To take a peek at Hearst Castle (I HIGHLY recommend a visit) go here: http://hearstcastle.org/