- NAME: William Randolph Hearst
- OCCUPATION: Business Leader, Publisher
- BIRTH DATE: April 29, 1863
- DEATH DATE: August 14, 1951
- EDUCATION: Harvard College, St. Paul's School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: San Francisco, California
- PLACE OF DEATH: Beverly Hills, California
- Nickname: "The Chief"
- Full Name: William Randolph Hearst
- AKA: William R. Hearst
- AKA: William Hearst
Best Known For
William Randolph Hearst is best known for publishing the largest chain of American newspapers in the late 19th century, and particularly for sensational "yellow journalism."
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In 1941, young film director Orson Welles produced Citizen Kane, a thinly veiled biography of the rise and fall of William Randolph Hearst. Nominated for nine Academy Awards, the film was not only a box-office success but was praised for its innovative cinematography, music and narrative structure,
and has subsequently been voted one of the world’s greatest films. Hearst was not pleased. He mustered his resources to prevent release of the film and even offered to pay for the destruction of all the prints. Welles refused, and the film survived and thrived.
William Randolph Hearst spent his remaining 10 years with declining influence on his media empire and the public. He died on August 14, 1951, in Beverly Hills, California, at the age of 88.
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