Desert estate built for film actress Marion Davies lists for $3.4 million

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A Rancho Mirage compound built for silver screen actress Marion Davies is on the market for about $3.4 million.

Davies bought the property of about three acres in the 1950s from Hyatt Robert von Dehn, founder of Hyatt Hotels, and commissioned the sprawling tennis court estate. Following her passing in 1961, the property was bequeathed to her husband, actor Horace G. Brown, and eventually sold to Victor Jules Bergeron Jr., founder of Polynesian-themed restaurant chain Trader Vic.


Reached by a winding drive, the pink-hued compound has a circular motor court, a swimming pool and a pond with a cascading waterfall. A fenced tennis court pavilion sits near the entrance to the home.

Including guest quarters, the property has nine bedrooms and 11 bathrooms in about 14,000 square feet of space on a single story. Large formal areas, built-ins, mirrored walls and a master suite with an atrium bathroom are among features of the main house.

Neal Leviton of Rodeo Realty and Bruce Busher of Keller Williams hold the listing. The exact list price is $3,399,999.

Davies’ professional life was overshadowed by her longtime relationship with married newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. The film actress, writer and producer starred in “Peg o’ My Heart” (1933) and “Cain and Mabel” (1936). She died in 1961 at 64.

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