On Sunday, January 12, 2014, Santa Monica Conservancy docents turn the spotlight on Marion Davies: actress, philanthropist, famed party hostess and mistress of media tycoon William Randolph Hearst. Event takes place 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."
Guests are welcome to come in their favorite Gold Coast era attire or in costume as if attending one of Davies’s famed costume parties. Click here to view photos from last year's event on Facebook.
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11 AM - 1 PM - 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 acumen, wide-ranging generosity, and her decades-long devotion as companion to Hearst.
11:15 AM - 12:45 PM - The Bachelor Father
- Sneak a peak at Marion in the 1931 film The Bachelor Father
1 PM - 2PM - Performance and Birthday Tribute
- Gather for an appearance by Janet Klein and John Reynolds, performing naughty and nice tunes of the 20s and 30s, followed by a special birthday tribute to Marion at 1:30pm.
Happy Birthday Marion! 2014 is a free event. Space is limited; reservations are recommended. All ages welcome. Guests are welcome to redeem their reservations any time between 11am and 2pm.
To register: In the ticket field above, select the number of tickets you would like to reserve. If you do not wish to register through Facebook, click "register with email" at the bottom of the ticket field. Submit your reservation; a confirmation email will be sent to the email you provide.
Please note: You do not need to print your ticket. Please provide the name used when making your reservation at check-in.
The Annenberg Community Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Hwy. Parking is available for $3 per hour or $8 per day. Please pay for parking at the machine upon your arrival. Cash and credit card accepted.
Ample bike parking is available; please bring a lock.
The Annenberg Community Beach House is wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant. For disability related accommodations, please call Guest Services at 310-458-4904.
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.