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Hearstʹs other castle

Author: Enfys McMurry
Publisher: Bridgend, Wales : Seren, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"From 1925, St Donat's was part of a story of fantastic riches and Hollywood romance. A sleepy village in the Vale of Glamorgan found itself on the glamour pages when American newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst purchased St Donat's Castle, indulging his love of the medieval, and providing a European retreat for his lover Marion Davies. At one point Hearst was spending $11,000 a day on architectural adornment  Read more...
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Named Person: William Randolph Hearst; Marion Davies; Marion Davies; William Randolph Hearst
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Enfys McMurry
ISBN: 1854112287 9781854112286
OCLC Number: 41396927
Description: 95 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Enfys McMurry.

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"From 1925, St Donat's was part of a story of fantastic riches and Hollywood romance. A sleepy village in the Vale of Glamorgan found itself on the glamour pages when American newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst purchased St Donat's Castle, indulging his love of the medieval, and providing a European retreat for his lover Marion Davies. At one point Hearst was spending $11,000 a day on architectural adornment and art; the Castle housed the world's finest collection of armour. Such spending at St Donat's and at San Simeon (Hearst's Californian 'castle') inspired Orson Welles's classic film, Citizen Kane." "Visitors to St Donat's included stars like Charlie Chaplin; politicians such as Lloyd George, Winston Churchill and future U.S. President John F. Kennedy; aristocrats and influential figures arrived for parties, weekends or longer. Yet within ten years Hearst's empire had virtually collapsed; the art collections were sold and a purchaser for the castle sought."--Jacket.

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