The following is a press release from the City of Santa Monica.

On Sun., Jan. 28, from 1 – 3 p.m. the Santa Monica Conservancy and Annenberg Community Beach House will host a free, all ages event to celebrate the silent film star and philanthropist Marion Davies. 

The actress, having become famous during the golden age of Hollywood, was known for her bubbly personality as well as the parties she and paramour William Randolph Hearst hosted at the oceanfront estate where the Annenberg Community Beach House now sits.  

The party will take place in the Beach House courtyard where guests will enjoy live music by Natalie Jacob & The Vintage Quartet, learn social dances of the 1920s with James Zimmer and Cynthia Harper, experience magic with Tom Frank, and get a peek into Marion’s original 1928 guest house designed by Julia Morgan and currently part of the Annenberg Community Beach House. Lara Gabrielle, author of Captain of Her Soul: The Life of Marion Davies, will be in attendance and guests will have the opportunity to purchase the comprehensive biography about Marion Davies.  

Guests are encouraged to attend in vintage attire. The event is free, and RSVPs are requested. All ages are welcome.  

RSVP at Happy Birthday Marion! 2024 

For more information, visit Future events celebrating the Beach House legacy include Hollywood on the Santa Monica Beach on Sun., Feb. 11 and the annual Julia Morgan Legacy Day on Sun., March 3. 

The Annenberg Community Beach House is wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant. For disability related accommodations, please call Guest Services at 310-458-4904. The Annenberg Community Beach House at Santa Monica State Beach is operated by the City of Santa Monica. The Beach House is made possible by a generous gift from the Annenberg Foundation, at the direction of Wallis Annenberg, and in partnership with the City of Santa Monica and California State Parks. Additional funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development.

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