On Sunday, Jan. 11, everyone’s invited to “Happy Birthday, Marion!” at the Annenberg Community Beach House. Celebrate with the Santa Monica Conservancy as they turn the spotlight on Marion Davies: classic film era actress, philanthropist, famed party hostess and mistress of media tycoon William Randolph Hearst, at Davies’ 1928 Julia Morgan designed Guest House.
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., step back in time to view photos and hear stories from docents and historians Michael Yakaitis and Lara Fowler, highlighting the life and personality of Marion Davies, a woman once celebrated as like the “bubbles in a glass of champagne.” At 11:15 a.m., see Marion in action as the star of the 1928 King Vidor film, Show People, with a special introduction by film historian and producer Elaina Archer. At 1:15 p.m., Janet Klein and John Reynolds perform naughty and nice tunes of the 20s and 30s, followed by a special birthday tribute to Marion at 1:45 p.m.
Guests are encouraged to don their favorite Gold Coast era attire. All ages are welcome. For more information and to make a reservation for this free event visit happybirthdaymarion2015.eventbrite.com or call (310) 458-4904. Space is limited. The Annenberg Community Beach House is at 415 Pacific Coast Hwy. Parking is $3 per hour or $8 per day.