Please reserve this date, July 12, as Kids Are 1st will have a safety event at the Annenberg Beach House including the Marion Davies guest house. The house will be open for tours.
Gloria Swanson, Charlie Chaplan, Marion Davies
Construction on the Beach House began in 1926, with both media mogul William Randolph Hearst and film star Marion Davies actively involved in its creation. Contributions from architect Julia Morgan created a cohesive grace to the rambling Beach House estate, which featured an ornate swimming pool, several houses, gardens, and a 110-room mansion. Davies, an under-appreciated actor, a generous philanthropist, a keen business person, and a loyal companion to Hearst for over thirty years, owned the estate. She was in forty-eight movies during Hollywood’s Golden Age, fourteen of which she produced. The Beach House was the backdrop against which Davies and Hearst threw lavish theme parties, solidifying their reputation as the power couple of Hollywood. These parties guaranteed Davies’ renown as unequaled in generosity, but also contributed to a party-girl reputation. The Beach House served as Davies’ primary residence from 1929 to 1942.