Lara Gabrielle Presents Her Marion Davies Bio, "Captain of Her Soul"

Join us when author LARA GABRIELLE comes to Mrs. Dalloway's on Thursday, September 29, 7pm, to read from and discuss her critical biography, Captain of Her Soul : The Life of Marion Davies. Lara will be joined in conversation by San Francisco Chronicle Arts and Culture columnist Tony Bravo (right).
 
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From Marion Davies's humble days in Brooklyn to her rise to fame alongside press baron William Randolph Hearst, the public life story of the film star plays like a modern fairy tale shaped by gossip columnists, fan magazines, biopics, and documentaries. Yet the real Marion Davies remained largely hidden from view, as she was wary of interviews and trusted few with her true life story. In Captain of Her Soul, Lara Gabrielle pulls back layers of myth to show a complex and fiercely independent woman, ahead of her time, who carved her own path.

Through meticulous research, unprecedented access to archives around the world, and interviews with those who knew Davies, Captain of Her Soul counters the public story. This book reveals a woman who navigated disability and social stigma to rise to the top of a young Hollywood dominated by powerful men. Davies took charge of her own career, negotiating with studio heads and establishing herself as a top-tier comedienne, but her proudest achievement was her philanthropy and advocacy for children. This biography brings Davies out of the shadows cast by the Hearst legacy, shedding light on a dynamic woman who lived life on her own terms and declared that she was "the captain of her soul."
 
Lara Gabrielle is a film writer and researcher whose work on Marion Davies has been featured in the Missouri Review and on PBS's American Experience. She has spoken about Davies at film festivals and retrospectives worldwide and has served as a consultant on her life and legacy for books, dissertations, and film projects. Gabrielle lives in Oakland.
 
Tony Bravo is The San Francisco Chronicle’s Arts and Culture columnist. Bravo joined The Chronicle staff in 2015 as a reporter for the former Style section, where he covered New York Fashion Week for the Hearst newspapers and served as the section’s editorial stylist, in addition to writing the relationship column “Connectivity.” He primarily covers visual arts and the LGBTQ community as well as specializing in stories about the intersections of arts, culture and lifestyle.
 

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Thursday, September 29, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore
2904 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
Captain of Her Soul: The Life of Marion Davies By Lara Gabrielle Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9780520384200
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or available within 1-5 days.
Published: University of California Press - September 27th, 2022