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Happy Birthday Marion: A Swinging Celebration


Sunday Jan 6, 2013 (11am–2pm)


Annenberg Community Beach House

415 Pacific Coast Hwy





“Marion Davies' career as an up-and-coming film comedienne in the 1920s was short-circuited by her (married) lover and newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, whose heavy-handed promotion of her talents eventually backfired. Today, Marion Davies is remembered more as Hearst's mistress and party hostess than as a talented actress in her own right, but over at the Annenberg Community Beach House, she's remembered as far more than merely the object of Hearst's affection. The Santa Monica Conservancy hosts a bubbly birthday celebration in honor of Miss Davies, complete with a historic tour of the property, a half-hour beginners' swing-dance lesson, and Rusty Frank's Lindy by the Sea Dancers.”

Tanja M. Laden, Flavorpill

Annenberg Community Beach House says…

On Sunday, January 6, 2013, Santa Monica Conservancy docents turn the spotlight on Marion Davies: actress, philanthropist, famed party hostess and mistress of media tycoon William Randolph Hearst at Davies’s 1928 Julia Morgan designed Guest House at the Annenberg Community Beach House. Join docents as they highlight the woman often celebrated as the "bubbles in a glass of champagne." Put on your dancin' shoes! This year’s celebration will feature a 30-minute beginner swing dance lesson with world-renowned instructor Giovanni Quintero and dancing with Rusty Frank's Lindy by the Sea Dancers. From 11am-1:30pm guests may tour the historic Guest House and view photos of Davies. Dressed in 1930s attire, docents will discuss many aspects of Davies's life and personality that have escaped public notice, such as her business abilities, wide-ranging generosity, and her decades-long devotion as companion to Hearst. Dancing starts at 11am, with Quintero’s 30-minute beginner swing dance lesson beginning promptly at noon. Dancing will continue through 1:30pm, when the crowd will gather for a special birthday tribute to Marion. Guests are welcome to come solo or with a partner, in their favorite Gold Coast era attire or in costume as if attending one of Davies’s famed costume parties. Happy Birthday Marion! 2013 is a free event. Space is limited; reservations are recommended. All ages welcome. The Annenberg Community Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Hwy. Parking is available for $3 per hour or $8 per day.