You probably know her as the purported basis for the Susan Alexander character in Citizen Kane (the lounge singer whose affair with Kane led to him pushing her to be an opera singer, even though she's not good at it). For the record, Davies was not as dreadfully untalented as her fictional counterpart, and Orson Welles later regretted the unflattering portrayal. However, many feel that Davies was a gifted comic actress ill-suited to the lavish historical epics that Hearst insisted on showcasing her in.
She was also known for having quite a noticeable stutter; fortunately it never manifested itself onscreen, but in everyday life, it never went away. However, given her beauty and charisma, it was more of an endearing Charm Point than a flaw.
- When Knighthood Was in Flower (1922)
- Little Old New York (1923)
- The Patsy (1928)
- Show People (1928)
- The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929)
- Marianne (1929)
- As noted above, Dorothy Comingore played an Expy of her in Citizen Kane, or at least it's so often assumed. For his part, Welles denied that Susan Alexander was based on Davies, and he came to regret how the character's portrayal affected her reputation.
- Portrayed by Virginia Madsen in the 1985 Made-for-TV Movie The Hearst and Davies Affair
- Portrayed by Heather McNair in the 1992 film Chaplin.
- Portrayed by Gretchen Mol in the 1999 film Cradle Will Rock.
- Portrayed by Melanie Griffith in the 2000 Made-for-TV Movie RKO 281.
- Portrayed by Kirsten Dunst in the 2001 film The Cat's Meow.
- Portrayed by Amanda Seyfried in the 2020 film Mank.