A vintage, circa early 1930's original photograph of early screen actress and Hollywood socialite Marion Davies (1897-1961), bearing the embossed stamp of the photographer at right lower corner, and a stamp from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer on reverse. The piece measures 12 1/2" by 9 1/2" inside the red mat and 21" by 17" framed. Bull was a prominent portrait and still photographer with the Hollywood studios, head of MGM's stills department for 40 years. From Montana originally, he studied for a time with Charles Marion Russell, the western artist. Bull photographed many of Hollywood's stars of the period, from Greta Garbo to Judy Garland and many in between. He was hired by Samuel Goldwyn in 1920.
Marion Davies, the subject here (1897-1961) was a Brooklyn-born actress, producer, screenwriter, socialite with William Randolph Hearst, and in later years, philanthropist. She appeared in the Ziegfeld Follies as early as 1916, a film in 1917, (and was considered the #1 female box office star in 1922-23) and was a model for Harrison Fisher and Howard Chandler Christy. Her adult life was closely intertwined with Hearst.