What a great event!
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.
Guests are welcome to redeem their reservations any time between 11am and 2pm.
When & Where
Annenberg Community Beach House
The Annenberg Community Beach House is open to all - no membership required. Operated by the City of Santa Monica, many of the site's amenities are free and open to the public year-round, including beach volleyball courts and soccer fields, courtyard and view deck with umbrellas for shade, WiFi, splash pad, playground, and beach access. And Back on the Beach Café is right next door!
Free year-round cultural offerings include a gallery, Beach=Culture readings, lectures, and concerts, as well as tours of the Marion Davies Guest House - the original guest house of the Marion Davies Estate. Visit our website for more information and a detailed schedule of cultural offerings and events.
The historic pool is available for public swimming daily during summer (mid June through Labor Day). Admission fees for the pool are $10/adult, $4/youth (1-17) or $5/senior (60+).
The Beach House is also available to rent for private events and as a location for filming.