Marty Davis

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Marty Davis (born January 8, 1949 in Detroit, Michigan) is a former network radio and television news anchor with a master's degree in journalism from the American University, Washington, D.C. (1980).

Davis was married to U.S. Representative Robert W. Davis (1932–2009), a Republican from Michigan, from 1976 to 1989.[1] Congressman Davis represented Michigan's 11th District after his 1978 election until his retirement in 1993.

In 1984, Davis sent a photo of herself in a black exercise leotard to Dossier, a Washington, DC society magazine. She wrote an accompanying letter saying, "Yes, there are congressional wives who aren't cloying Barbie Dolls swathed in Ultrasuede."[2] The photo was reprinted in newspapers[3] and magazines worldwide and featured on TV news programs including ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. It gained her the attention of a Hollywood agent, and she was briefly considered as a woman's talk show host.[4]

Davis has appeared on NBC's Today Show,[5] MSNBC, CNBC, CNN[6] and other media outlets. She also served as a correspondent for Gary Collins' syndicated talk show Hour Magazine.[7] She initially tried to avoid the media in the wake of the photograph's appearance, but explained to the press, "I decided I'd be a fool if I didn't take advantage of all this publicity. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I thought the publicity would peter out, but it hasn't. If this is, indeed, a springboard for something else, then I should at least go for it and see what happens."[8]

Davis has appeared on such talk radio programs as Westwood One's syndicated The Jim Bohannon Show and WOR 710 New York City.


  1. ^ W. Speers. "Couples". The Philadelphia Inquirer. October 11, 1989. C02.
  2. ^ "Congressman's wife sheds an image". San Francisco Chronicle. 7 February 1985.1
  3. ^ Lloyd Grove. "Marty Davis and The Pose That Was". The Washington Post. 7 February 1985. B1. "When last seen, the blond-tressed Davis, 36, wife of a four-term Republican congressman and erstwhile mortician from rural Michigan, was gazing out of the February issue of Dossier magazine, bending over in a cutaway exercise leotard and high-heel shoes. Yesterday, after the Associated Press disseminated the leggy pose in four-color separation from coast to coast, the switchboard in the Longworth Building office lit up like neon..."
  4. ^ "Photo changes life for legislator's wife". Associated Press. Detroit Free Press. March 4, 1985. 20A.
  5. ^ John Carmody. "Now here's the news". The Washington Post. February 11, 1985. B6.
  6. ^ "Lawmaker's wife using sexy photo to launch career". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. March 11, 1985. A3.
  7. ^ Chuck Conconi. "Marty Davis' New Career". The Washington Post. June 11, 1985. C3.
  8. ^ W. Speers. "Why not?" The Philadelphia Inquirer. March 12, 1985. F02.

External links[edit]

  • Chickaboomer, Davis's television, radio, media, and political criticism blog