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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. 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." The photo was reprinted in newspapers 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.
Davis has appeared on NBC's Today Show, MSNBC, CNBC, CNN and other media outlets. She also served as a correspondent for Gary Collins' syndicated talk show Hour Magazine. 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."
Davis has appeared on such talk radio programs as Westwood One's syndicated The Jim Bohannon Show and WOR 710 New York City.
- W. Speers. "Couples". The Philadelphia Inquirer. October 11, 1989. C02.
- "Congressman's wife sheds an image". San Francisco Chronicle. 7 February 1985.1
- 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..."
- "Photo changes life for legislator's wife". Associated Press. Detroit Free Press. March 4, 1985. 20A.
- John Carmody. "Now here's the news". The Washington Post. February 11, 1985. B6.
- "Lawmaker's wife using sexy photo to launch career". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. March 11, 1985. A3.
- Chuck Conconi. "Marty Davis' New Career". The Washington Post. June 11, 1985. C3.
- W. Speers. "Why not?" The Philadelphia Inquirer. March 12, 1985. F02.
- Chickaboomer, Davis's television, radio, media, and political criticism blog