Millicent Hearst

Millicent Hearst

Millicent Hearst, née Millicent Veronica Willson (July 16 1882December 5 1974), was the wife of media tycoon, William Randolph Hearst.

Willson was a vaudeville performer in New York City whom Hearst admired, and they married in 1903. The couple had five sons, but began to drift apart in the mid-1920s, when Millicent tired of her husband's longtime affair with the actress Marion Davies.

Although they remained legally married until Hearst's death in 1951, Millicent established a separate life in New York as a prominent socialite and philanthropist, and only rarely visited her husband at his estate in California, often referred to as "Hearst Castle".

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