Patty Hearst

Newspaper Heiress + Actress
Born Feb 20, 1954

Patricia Campbell Hearst, now known as Patricia Campbell Hearst Shaw, is an American newspaper heiress, socialite, actress, kidnap victim, and convicted bank robber. Her kidnapping case is held by many as an example of Stockholm syndrome. The granddaughter of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, she gained notoriety in 1974 when she joined the Symbionese Liberation Army after they had kidnapped her.… Read More

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1954 Birth Born on February 20, 1954.


In 1974, while she was a 19-year-old student living in Berkeley, California, Hearst was abducted by a left-wing terrorist group known as the Symbionese Liberation Army. … Read More
Hearst helped make improvised explosive devices, one of which failed to detonate, in two unsuccessful attempts to kill policemen during August 1975. … Read More
Hearst alone was arraigned for the Hibernia Bank robbery, the trial commenced on January 15, 1976. … Read More
1978 24 Years Old Hearst's bail was revoked in May 1978 when appeals failed and the Supreme Court declined to hear her case. … Read More
1979 25 Years Old …  The 1979 release was under stringent conditions and she remained on probation for the state sentence on the surplus store plea. … Read More
1981 27 Years Old Her memoir, titled Every Secret Thing, was published in 1981. … Read More


2001 47 Years Old She recovered full rights when President Bill Clinton granted her a pardon on January 20, 2001, his last day in office. Two months after her release from prison, Hearst wed Bernard Shaw, a policeman whom she had met when he was part of a dozens-strong private security detail protecting her on bail. The marriage lasted until his death in 2013. … Read More


2009 55 Years Old In a 2009 interview for an NBC program on the case, she described the prosecutor's suggestions that she had been in a consensual relationship with Wolfe as an insult to rape victims and "outrageous". … Read More


2015 61 Years Old Hearst and her dogs have participated in dog shows and on February 16, 2015, her Shih Tzu, Rocket, won the "Toy" category at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden. … Read More
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