The Sweet Life

Posted online: April 2014




WHO Lydia Hearst, 29, model, actress, AIDS activist

BORN In Wilton, Connecticut, daughter of Patricia Hearst and Bernard Shaw, great-granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst. She spent her childhood between Manhattan and her family’s iconic California compounds in San Simeon (Hearst Castle) and Wyntoon near Redding.

DISCOVERED By famed photographer Steven Meisel, who shot her first magazine cover for Vogue Italia in 2004. Lydia has since worked with some of the most notable fashion photographers in the world, including Patrick Demarchelier, Ellen von Unwerth, Mario Testino, Paolo Roversi, Peter Lindbergh, and Terry Richardson.

TUNE IN To season two of NBC/Oxygen’s hit competition series The Face. She joins fellow model coaches Naomi Campbell and Anne V. in mentoring a group of aspiring women as they compete for an international beauty campaign.

ROLE MODEL When not working, lends much of her time to support amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research) and Vienna’s annual Life Ball charity gala.

LIKE MOTHER, LIKE DAUGHTER Following in her mother’s acting footsteps with an identically mischievous smile and ironic sense of humor (Patty Hearst starred in several of director John Waters’s cult classics and was well-regarded as one of his muses), Lydia will next be seen starring in Cabin Fever: Patient Zero (to be released this June), and recently worked with director Tara Subkoff for her project #Horror, which costars Chloë Sevigny, Balthazar Getty, Taryn Manning, and Natasha Lyonne.

#LOVE Recently visited Santa Barbara and El Capitan Canyon with her boyfriend, actor and director Kevin Connolly (Entourage) to celebrate Valentine’s Day and their anniversary. “It was romantic, relaxing, and the perfect place to hike, stargaze, and fall in love,” she says. “Or in my case, fall in love all over again!”


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