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William Randolph Hearst

Can anyone recommend a good biography on WR? TIA

by Anonymousreply 1803/02/2013

I read "Citizen Hearst" years ago and enjoyed it a lot.

by Anonymousreply 111/18/2010

He had 'tinymeat-build'.

by Anonymousreply 211/18/2010

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.

by Anonymousreply 303/01/2013

Read this, if you don't know him yet.

by Anonymousreply 403/01/2013

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!)

by Anonymousreply 503/01/2013

William Randolph Hearst with Marion Davies are shown leaving the California State guard Military Ball held at the Palladium, Hollywood, California.

by Anonymousreply 603/01/2013

William Randolph Hearst & Marion Davies

by Anonymousreply 703/01/2013

Is that Patty Hearst's kid?

by Anonymousreply 803/01/2013

With his Marion again...

by Anonymousreply 903/01/2013

William Randolph Hearst was Patty Hearst's grandfather. She never knew him, he died a few years before she was born.

by Anonymousreply 1003/01/2013

“You must keep your mind on the objective, not the obstacle.” — tWilliam Randolph Hearst

by Anonymousreply 1103/01/2013

Imposing figure...i'm freezing.

by Anonymousreply 1203/01/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1303/01/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1403/01/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1503/02/2013

"The Chief" by David Nasaw is highly recommended.

by Anonymousreply 1603/02/2013

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 [italic]was???[/italic]

GREAT CAESAR' GHOST!!! Stop the presses!!!

by Anonymousreply 1703/02/2013

Hearst didn't have alot of women. Why I don't know. He wasn't good looking but he had what women want and that is money. hde couls have had any ho he wanted. They are that easy.

by Anonymousreply 1803/02/2013
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