Hearst Castle’s Celebrity Visitors

Hearst Castle’s Celebrity Visitors

January 1st, 2014

Hearst Gold Statue & Flowers

Hearst Castle is about a four hour drive north from the bright city lights of Los Angeles. And if you take the scenic route, along Highway 1 you may find it quite intoxicatingly beautiful.

George Hearst himself purchased 40,000 acres of ranchland in 1865. By 1919, his son, William Randolph Hearst inherited the land which grew to 250,000 acres, and William is responsible for what became La Cuesta Encantada—Spanish for “Enchanted Hill.”

By 1947, architect Julia Morgan had created Hearst Castle: 165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools and walkways—all built to house Hearst’s acquisitions and priceless artifacts.

At one point there was a zoo which kept the menagerie of wild animals which weren’t allowed to wander the estate on their own.  Today when you visit you are likely to see zebra amongst the goats and cattle.

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All the animals living on the estate today were originally brought to the location by William Randolph Hearst during his tenure.

According to the Hearst Castle records, they welcomed guests from Hollywood to New York’s Mayor and many great thinkers and adventurers of the day.

Some on that guest list included…

Barbara Stanwyck
Beatrice Lillie
Buster Keaton
Calvin Coolidge
Carole Lombard
Cary Grant
Charles Lindbergh
Charlie Chaplin
Clark Gable
Colleen Moore
David Niven
Dick Powell
Dolores del Rio
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
Errol Flynn
Gary Cooper
George Bernard Shaw
Greta Garbo
Hal Roach
Harold Lloyd
Harpo Marx
Hedda Hopper
Howard Hughes
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Irving Thalberg
Jack Warner
Jean Harlow
Joan Crawford
Joel McCrea
John Gilbert
Lew Ayres
Lionel and John Barrymore
Louella Parsons
Louis B. Mayer
Marie Dressler
Mary Pickford
New York City Mayor Jimmy Walker
Norma Shearer
Norma Talmadge
Ralph Bellamy
Robert Taylor
Winston Churchill

You can visit the Hearst Castle website for tour information.

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