The Press: Hearst's Bombshell

"Some day, Marion, I'll make it up to you," William Randolph Hearst told Marion Davies in the mid-'30s, when she handed him $1,000,000 to help save his faltering empire. This week the empire was shaken by the news that Hearst had made it up to her handsomely indeed; he had picked her to be the boss of his vast editorial domain.

It was a secret which Marion Davies herself had patiently kept, during a painful fortnight in which she had a good chance to learn who her friends were. The empire's chieftains, who had once...

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