LET’S REVIEW THE FACTS OF THE DAVIS FAMILY:
1. They made their money in Colorado oil, before moving to Hollywood in the ’70s. Marvin Davis, the patriarch and money maker, went on to buy FOX (before selling it to Rupert Murdoch) and the Beverly Hills Hotel (before selling it to the Sultan of Brunei’s brother)
2. It is rumored that Aaron Spelling based DYNASTY on the illustrious clan.
3. Forbes assessed the Davis fortune at $5.8 billion, making it the third largest in Los Angeles, after Sumner Redstone’s and Kirk Kerkorian’s.
4. They are a bit nouveau, even by Hollywood standards (they once hired the Rockettes to come tap-kicking down the mirrored staircase in their Beverly Hills mansion during a Christmas party). (THE ROCKETTES! DOWN THEIR MIRRORED STAIRCASE! EEEESH!)
Here’s the geneological breakdown. Marvin and Barbara Davis had five children: Nancy, Dana, Patty, John, and Gregg. Nancy, the oldest daughter (and the one with MS), married and gave birth to one child, Brandon, and a sea cow named Jason.
NOW: What’s wrong with that picture? Really toss it around. The mysterious answer in just a moment.
So there I was last night, lying in my hovel, eating Pop-Tarts and reading W magazine, when I came across a rather unflattering portrait of the newly widowed Barbara Davis. Poor thing, she was depicted as a name-dropping arriviste. That’s when I came across the following paragraph about my boyfriend, Brandon:
The billions that made possible the Davises’ social rise and philanthropic largess have also, perhaps inevitably, financed some high profile shenanigans among their progeny… Recently, Nancy’s 24-year-old son, Brandon, has been a tabloid fixture for his alleged gambling debts, club-land scuffles and stints in rehab; now that he’s dating The O.C.’s Mischa Barton, he’s in the gossip columns more than ever. (Why Brandon uses his grandfather’s surname is one of those Hollywood mysteries that people gossip about—but that the family declines to clear up.)
WHAT THE HELL IS THAT ALL ABOUT? It never occurred to me before. If his mother married, why would the kids have the Davis name? Obviously, W is implying that the boys are piggy-backing off the Davis family name – an ugly insinuation – but if it’s true. . . well, HOW BIZARRE! That doesn’t sound like my sulky sweetheart!
Now, I know the readers of the WOW Report are among the most socially savvy in the blogosphere. If anyone out there can shed some light on this mystery, please drop me a line. Are the Davises really just a bunch ugly interlopers? Is Brandon just another smarmy social climber? Please say it isn’t so!
– James St. James