Category Archives: Marion Davies

Photoplay May-June 1936

  • Cover subjects: May – Myrna Loy (May);  June – Dick Powell and Marion Davies.
  • Below: Clarence Sinclair Bull’s famous photo of Loy.
  • Coming up next: another cover format change for Photoplay.


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Photoplay Jan.-Apr. 1929

Cover girls (l.-r., in order of appearance): Madge Bellamy, Estelle Taylor, Marion Davies, and “It Girl” Clara Bow.

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Photoplay May-Aug. 1928

  • Cover girls (l.-r., in order of appearance): blondes Greta Garbo, Marion  Davies, Ruth Taylor–and brunette Billie Dove.
  • Garbo and John Gilbert (who “Writes His Own Story” in the June issue) had just appeared together in “Love”, a 1927 film adaptation of Anna Karenina. They’d next co-star in “A Woman of Affairs,” released in late 1928.

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Photoplay July-Oct. 1926: A New Look

  • Cover girls (l.-r., in order of appearance:) Dorothy Mackaill, Doris Kenyon, Marion Davies, Alice Joyce.
  • As you can see, Photoplay’s cover now includes the head and torso of the subject. Previously the usual cover shot had been a close-up of the face. We’ll see how long the new look lasts.

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Photoplay May-Sep. 1923

Photoplay Sep 1923

  • Cover girls (l.-r., in order of appearance): Lois Wilson, May McAvoy, Pauline Garon, Marion Davies, Eleanor Boardman.
  • Boy, hats sure were de rigueur back then, weren’t they? 🙂
  • January cover girl Lois Wilson would later star as Daisy in the first known screen adaptation of The Great Gatsby (1926).
  • Thanks to Citizen Kane, today April cover girl Marion Davies is known primarily for her relationship with William Randolph Hearst. Her career warrants re-examination; she appeared in many silent films and was especially noted for her comedic roles.
  • The May issue features an article by April cover girl Barbara LaMarr on “Why I Adopted a Baby.”
  • The June issue features “A Star in Search of Her Soul” about the very successful and famous serial queen Pearl White.

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Photoplay July-Dec. 1921

  • Cover girls (l.-r., in order of appearance): Gloria Swanson, Bebe Daniels, Betty Blythe, Agnes Ayres, Marion Davies, Lillian Gish.
  • The November issue tackles the question  “Are Women’s Colleges Old Maid Factories? The Results of an Interesting Investigation” by James R. Quirk. 
  • November also features an article touting the “Future Great Actor,  Joseph Schildkraut, a New Griffith Protege.” Schildkraut, the son of actor Rudolf Schildkraut, was starring in Griffith’s Orphans of the Storm with the Gish sisters at the time. His long and illustrious career spanned well into the talkies.

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Filed under 1920s, Agnes Ayres, Bebe Daniels, Betty Blythe, Gloria Swanson, Joseph Schildkraut, Lillian Gish, Marion Davies, Rolf Armstrong