Lot 269: William Randolph Hearst and Marion Davies

RR Auction

2015-07-27 11:42:50

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Lot 269: Collection of four TLSs sent to Mary Cassiday, including two by Hearst, signed "W. R. Hearst," and two by Davies, signed "Marion," dated from 1940 to 1943. The letters from Hearst are short, offering thanks for birthday wishes and sending New Year's greetings. Davies's letters are slightly longer, with one offering an update on her health and the other apologizing for missing a wedding. In overall fine condition. Accompanied by all four original mailing envelopes as well as six original candid snapshots. Hearst had married Millicent Veronica Willson in 1903 and they had five sons together, but began to drift apart due to Hearst's very public affair with Hollywood actress Marion Davies. By the mid-1920s Davies's relationship with Hearst would largely overshadow her career, and his presence even affected much of her prolific body of work—many of her films were backed by his financial support, and his incessant efforts to promote her career were ultimately detrimental. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458 Wednesday, 12th August 2015 Estimate: $600-800
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