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Hearst Castle and The Golden Age of California
"Many Easteners never clearly understood what made Pop and his fellow Westerners tick, his America was yet to be discovered 
- a land and a people of incalculable hope amid endless horizons."

William Randolph Hearst Jr.


"The movie people were always there. My favorite was Cary Grant. He stopped in on a couple of occasions to visit at the gatehouse with us. We'd talk about the movies, life-everything. He was great fun." Wilfred Lyons. Sometimes, apparently, too much fun; one day Grant nearly got himself kicked off the property permanently when he and Will Jr. took a small plane up above the estate and, as a prank, bombarded the hanger's roof with sacks of flour. When they returned, Grant's bags were packed and waiting for him by the front door." - Deborah Franklin



"In Hearst's medieval dining hall the long, narrow table is set for dinner with antique silver and extra ketchup. Nearby, almost invisible in the elaborate parlor, is a little card table where Hearst's beloved mistress, film star Marion Davies, worked jigsaw puzzles with gossip columnist Hedda Hopper. Around the corner is the billiard room where actress Carole Lombard batted her eyelashes, chalked her cue stick, and beat every man foolish enough to challenge her to a game."

Deborah Franklin



"Cocktails were being served at one end of the room and there was a chess game at the other end of the room. I wandered over to the chess game and with the cocktails being served and a gramaphone going, the party was quite gay. In the midst of it all, Mr. Hearst came into the room. There was a teletype machine just inside to the right and he stopped and he read it......he then went to an enormous table in the center of the room and picked up a phone. It was a direct connection with the San Francisco newspaper office and he asked for the editor and he said, "Put this in a two-column box on the front page of all the papers tomorrow morning." and without notes he dictated an editorial which appeared the following morning on the front page.....It was quite a remarkable thing to witness."

Ralph Bellamy, Actor