Starlet Birthday: Party Like It's 1928

The Annenberg Community Beach House fetes the memory of Marion Davies.

Whenever a major Hollywood spectacle of glittery, globe-spanning proportions rolls around, many a viewer can ponder the newer actors with a bit of a quizzical look.

Fresher faces are sometimes so fresh we aren't familiar with them yet, and we scan the red carpet for those performers who've put in a decade or three.

But let it never be said that we forget the Tinseltown of a time gone by. Really quite gone by, as in the 1920s and '30s. For just as all of those new thesps'll be de-limo-ing outside the Beverly Hilton on Sunday, Jan.12, a starlet from a different era will be the center of a beach-close birthday soiree.

That starlet is Marion Davies, the one time Special Friend of William Randolph Hearst. The publisher famous built his famous companion a 110-room beach house in Santa Monica, back in the day, and while the abode long ago bid this world adieu, the pool remains.

We're just going to pause and consider the idea of an 110-room beach house. Okay, we're done, thanks.

Now the Annenberg Community Beach House raises some bubbly and some spirited times to the former lady of the mansion with a daytime kick-it-up on Jan. 12. "Docents will be attired in period dress," so, yep, look for Charlie Chaplin and other celebrated personalities of the day.

Tours, refreshments, and vintage tunes from Janet Klein and John Reynolds complete the flappertastic fete.

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This event, which is co-hosted by the City of Santa Monica and Santa Monica Conservancy, is free, free, free, but you've got to reserve in advance. You should also come attired in 1920s garb, if the feeling strikes you. Many attendees do.

Yep, the glammed-out Golden Globes shall role, nearly simultaneously, but don't let people grouse that we don't remember the Hollywood of yore. Yore still lives in SoCal, quite vigorously. So much so that we attend birthday parties for actors who reigned nearly a century ago.

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