I read "Citizen Hearst" years ago and enjoyed it a lot.
He had ''tinymeat-build''.
One of the most influential films of all time was Orson Welles' 1941 film Citizen Kane, which was loosely based on parts of Hearst's life (Welles and co-writer Herman J. Mankiewicz added bits and pieces from the lives of other rich men of the time, among them Harold McCormick, Samuel Insull and Howard Hughes, into Kane). Hearst used all his resources and influence in an unsuccessful attempt to prevent the film's release. Welles and the studio, RKO, resisted the pressure, but Hearst and his Hollywood friends succeeded in getting theater chains to limit bookings of Kane,resulting in mediocre box-office numbers and seriously harming Welles' career.
A lot of things have been said about William Randolph Hearst. He was the inspiration for Orson Welles' Citizen Kane, so that ought to tell you something. He was maniacal, driven, ruthless, and quite a bit shady--and by all appearances, he was also in love with one woman for a huge portion of his life. Only problem? That woman was not his wife, Millicent, whom he married in 1903. Whoops.
Hearst's long-time "companion" was Marion Davies, a very beautiful show girl and movie star. Hearst and Davies met in 1918, and she was very shortly starring in a movie backed by Hearst money (she'd been in two others already). It was the beginning of a long, long pattern. Hearst so believed in his girlfriend that he backed picture after picture for her, and pushed reviewers at his many newspapers to sing her praises. The bummer is that he probably did more harm than good for Davies. For one thing, he liked her in big, dramatic historical pieces, when her talent was really comedy.
Despite his apparent devotion for Davies, Hearst never divorced his wife. He ostensibly considered it at various points, but decided it was "cheaper to keep her." Despite all this drama, the biggest scandal Marion and Hearst were involved in was by far the Thomas Ince Affair.
(Read all the article below...don't be bored!)
The article that r5 links has a picture of Patricia van Cleve that looks just like Patty Hearst, or is just me? I was thinking it was her for a minute, outside of the context. She would be Patty's great aunt, correct? Interesting stuff. Keep it coming, I have read all I can about Bonnie Franklin.
Marion Davies was quite something when she was young, beautiful, talented, and fun. She and Hearst loved each other as long as they both lived, even after she lost her looks and he lost most of his money.
Though his marriage was reported to be a happy, fulfilling one with five healthy children, like most men with wealth and power, Hearst had a roving eye. In 1915 that 52-year-old eye fell on a lively, blonde-haired, 18-year-old dancer from the Ziegfeld Follies named Marion Davies.
A lot of things have been said about William Randolph Hearst. He was the inspiration for Orson Welles' Citizen Kane, so that ought to tell you something.
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