A fireplug of a man, he joined the British Navy after having been denied a college scholarship because he was Jewish.
He took up boxing in the navy and eventually wound up in New York.
He proudly showed me a picture of him on the course at Pebble Beach—so enormous that the club in his hands looked like a toothpick. Wildcatter,” snapping up Twentieth Century Fox mostly with other people’s money, buying the Beverly Hills Hotel for $135 million and promptly flipping it for a $65 million profit, and dazzling Hollywood with parties so ostentatious they made everyone else’s look bland.
In 2004, the year of his death, ranked him the 30th-richest individual in America, with a net worth of $5.8 billion.
They probably went to feed Marvin Davis’s gargantuan lifestyle.‘He was always fun,” says Jackie Collins, the novelist. I think he liked me because when I met him and he asked me that I said, ‘Fuck off, Marvin!
’ ”Marvin’s father, Jack Davis, came to America from London in 1917, as a teenager.
A few days after Marvin’s death, according to the lawsuit, Patricia suffered the final indignity.
She says she was told that her billionaire father had actually died broke, leaving, according to the complaint, a hopelessly entangled estate with at least one loan secured by his palatial Beverly Hills home, the Knoll, which Barbara soon sold for a reported million and then moved into two bungalows at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Yet he somehow managed to avoid ever having his story fully told.
“It’s an amazing story,” his friend former president Gerald Ford told me.
Nonetheless Silverstein, at Marvin and Kilroy’s direction, undertook to draft documents that falsely calculated the value of Patricia’s trust as only million, imposed on her trust significant liabilities as a result of Marvin’s self-dealing transactions, and split up her trust assets among Marvin, Barbara, John, and Gregg.
These documents were never shown to Patricia until after she became trustee of her own trust, months after Marvin had died.”Patricia, who is married to New York real-estate developer Martin Raynes, has three children and resides in Southampton and Manhattan.
Yet when I suggested to Davis that we forget about golf and talk about him, the interview was over. As I headed out the door, he shouted that he’d get back to me, which, I later discovered, was what he told everybody.