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The Times We Had by Marion Davies
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This is a very light read that I have to admit I enjoyed. It is basically and autobiography of Marion Davies the mistress of William Randolph Hearst. All the famous movie stars and politicians that came in and out of their lives over a period of around 30 years was amazing!
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Otis Chandler Sounds interesting - I may have to borrow it!

Kathy It is interesting, but Harry Chandler is written up as bailing Hearst out with a million dollars from a bank they owned. It also talked about Los Angeles newspapers and it seemed Hearst owned 2 other LA newspapers that eventually became defunct. It is not really a novel just transcribed tapes that she dictated discussing her life. A lot of name dropping, but gossipy. She really doesn't denigrate anyone. I think she was somewhat of a pitiful character. He could never marry her because his wife, Catherine, would not give him a divorce. According to her, they didn't talk for over 25 years-they had 4 or 5 kids together. Catherine lived her life in the east coast, while he lived on the west coast. It seems Hearst was a very generous man--I got an interesting picture of him. He worked very hard on all his newspapers of which there were many. It is a really light read.

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