Actress/comedienne MARION DAVIES (Jan. 3, 1897- Sept. 22, 1961). Davies was mistress to newspaper tycoon, WILLIAM RANDOLPH HEARST. She was hostess at many of Hearst’s parties, including those at Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California. Guests at these affairs usually included such notable actors as CHARLIE CHAPLIN, DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS, and MARY PICKFORD. Hearst micro-managed Davies early career, and in doing so, making such erroneous misjudgments as casting her in lavish historical dramas instead of comedies where she demonstrated her real talent. And regarding those parties: One particular one ended in scandal. It involved the death of early film pioneer, Thomas Ince aboard Hearst’s yacht, and was the subject of a 2001, Peter Bogdanovich film, The Cat’s Meow. There were rumors that he was mistakenly shot by Hearst, and the accident covered up. Incidentally, my first job in the industry, was with What’s Up, Doc? – another film by Bogdanovich.
William Randolph Hearst
Tony Piazza is author of the 1930s Hollywood murder mystery novel, “Anything Short of Murder,” which had its roots on the TCM fan website. His second novel, “The Curse of the Crimson Dragon” was next released early 2012, and in July of 2013, his latest Tom Logan Mystery, “A Murder Amongst Angels” was published and is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites. A new Tom Logan novel has been completed and is scheduled to be released in 2015. He was an actor/extra during the 1970s and worked with such legends as Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, and Karl Malden. His non-fiction e-book “Bullitt Points” is an in depth look at the making of “Bullitt” from a person who was there. Look for it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble websites, or at the link posted below. All profits go to the Boys Republic charity: www.bullittpoints.com.
Tony Piazza is a member of three prestigious writer’s organizations: Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and the SLO NightWriters.
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Sylvia Reihl says
Anxious to read A Murder Amongst Angels . It looks like a great book .
Tony you have written so many interesting books all of them wonderful . I really was taken aback about Marion Davies being the mistress to Mr. Hearst. I would love to have been at some of those parties I could only imagine what they were like. I’m glad she Marion was finally cast in comedies instead of the heavy dramas. As you know being cast in the wrong part can be deadly. Love to always hear what you have to say.
My ears perk up when you speak!
Thank you, Sylvia. I’m sure you’ll enjoy A Murder Amongst Angels. I put a lot of old Hollywood in it. It was fun to write.
Sylvia Reihl says
Old Hollywood! I will love it!
Your the best ❤
Thank you Sylvia