Archive for Thursday, September 6, 2001

Patty Hearst makes bow off-Broadway

September 6, 2001

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— Patty Hearst will appear in the touring production of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" when it plays Sept. 18-23 at the Shubert Theater in New Haven.

The show is described as "a chorus of lusty, outrageous, poignant, brave, highly original and human stories, based on interviews with a diverse group of women, from a Long Island antiques dealer to a Bosnian refugee."

Hearst, who was kidnapped in 1974 by the radical Symbionese Liberation Army, eventually joined the group and helped them rob a bank. She was captured, convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison. She had served 21 months when President Carter commuted her sentence in January 1979.

President Clinton pardoned her in January on his last day in office.

Hearst, 47, lives in Wilton with her husband, Bernard Shaw, and two daughters. Her grandfather was newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst.

As an actress, she was in a series of John Waters' tongue-in-cheek films: "Cry-Baby," "Serial Mom," "Pecker" and "Cecil B. DeMented." She was also a co-author of a mystery novel, "Murder at San Simeon." In 1982, she wrote her autobiography, "Every Secret Thing" (with Alvin Moscow), a lengthy account of her kidnapping ordeal and how she was brainwashed by her captors.

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