Captured on Film: The True Story of Marion Davies
Documentary on actress Marion Davies (1897-1961), whose career was overshadowed by her much-criticized love affair with newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. The program chronicles Davies' career and her relationship with Hearst, from their meeting in New York to his death in 1951. Davies began her career as a chorus girl in New York and made her screen debut in 1917 in "Runaway Romany." Around that time, she met Hearst, who took an interest in her career and created a company, Cosmopolitan Pictures, for the sole purpose of producing her films. Their relationship lasted 35 years, and Davies entertained lavishly at the several homes they shared. They never married, as Hearst's wife, Millicent, would never grant him a divorce. Later in their relationship, Davies raised $1 million, almost in a day, to bail Hearst out of financial disaster.