Come Out and Celebrate Marion Davies Birthday on January 20

This annual event celebrates the life of Marion Davies at the actress’ historic guest house

January 16, 2019

Come Out and Celebrate Marion Davies Birthday on January 20

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Join the City of Santa Monica for Happy Birthday Marion! To celebrate Marion Davies, silent film actress, famed party hostess and original Beach House resident whose effervescent personality was likened to the "bubbles in a glass of champagne." This annual celebration is an opportunity to gain insight into the life and times of Marion with Davies’ through writers, film historians, musicians and dancers.

What: Happy Birthday Marion! Hosted by the Santa Monica Conservancy, docents in vintage attire evoke Marion’s Hollywood circle to shine a light on the actress, and philanthropist at Davies’ 1928 Julia Morgan designed Guest House. Gold Coast era attire is encouraged. All ages are welcome to attend this free event, RSVP here. Parking is $3 per hour or $8 per day.

Where: Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, CA 90402

When: Sunday, Jan. 20, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Event Schedule:

  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Cut a rug with dancers from Arthur Murray Santa Monica and music from LA Love Band, delight in sleight of hand with magician Tom Frank, and snap a vintage style photo of yourself.
  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Gain insight into the life and times of Marion with Davies’ biographer Lara Fowler and film historians Marc Wanamaker and Michael Yakaitis.
  • 1:30 p.m. – A bubbly birthday toast to cap the interactive event.
  • 2 p.m. – Film historian Elaina Archer introduces the 1930 MGM film The Florodora Girl produced by and starring Marion Davies. 

About Annenberg Community Beach House

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.

For more event information about this free event and to RSVP, please visit www.happybirthdaymarion2019.eventbrite.com or call 310-458-4904.

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