Hearst To Give Tour of Castle

Thursday, July 13th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Media heiress Patricia Hearst will appear in two specials giving a personal tour of the Hearst Castle estate in San Simeon.

Hearst, the granddaughter of the late media mogul William Randolph Hearst, will do the specials for the Travel Channel cable network to air in 2001.

Hearst Castle was built between 1922 and 1947 and was made a California State Historical Monument in 1951.

The first episode will feature Hearst discussing the background of the residence as well as giving a personal tour of parts of the estate closed to the public. The second episode will focus on William Randolph Hearst's relationship with celebrities such as Charlie Chaplin and Clark Gable and some of the parties at the residence.

Patty Hearst was kidnapped by members of the Symbionese Liberation Army in 1974. She eventually joined the group, was captured and convicted of bank robbery. She was sentenced to seven years in prison, but then-President Carter commuted the sentence after 21 months.