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Patty Hearst

Patty Hearst
Patricia Hearst from a Symbionese Liberation Army publicity photo
Personal information
Birth namePatricia Campbell Hearst
Birth dateFebruary 20, 1954(age 63)
Place of birthSan Francisco, California
Other namesPatty Hearst
Patricia Hearst Shaw
OccupationHeiress, socialite, actress
Known forBeing taken hostage by the Symbionese Liberation Army and later recruited as a member
SpouseBernard Shaw
ChildrenLydia Hearst-Shaw
Gillian Hearst-Shaw
ParentsRandolph Apperson Hearst
Catherine Wood Campbell
RelativesWilliam Randolph Hearst (grandfather)
George Hearst (great-grandfather)
Anne Hearst (sister)
Amanda Hearst (niece)

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Patricia Campbell Hearst (born February 20, 1954), now known as Patricia Campbell Hearst Shaw, is an American newspaper heiress, socialite, actress, kidnap victim, and convicted bank robber.

The granddaughter of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst and great-granddaughter of millionaire George Hearst, she gained notoriety in 1974 when, following her kidnapping by the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), she ultimately joined her captors in furthering their cause. Apprehended after having taken part in a bank robbery with other SLA members, Hearst was imprisoned for almost two years before her sentence was commuted by President Jimmy Carter. She was later granted a presidential pardon by President Bill Clinton in his last official act before leaving office.

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