It’s not Hearst Castle, but this Long Island mansion (right) did the trick for publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst (far left) and his mistress Marion Davies (left, seated).
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A stunning Long Island mansion once owned by William Randolph Hearst is about to hit the market for around $2 million.
The publishing magnate is believed to have purchased the estate — built in 1917 and located at 7 Upper Drive in affluent North Shore village of Huntington Bay, for his mistress, Ziegfeld showgirl Marion Davies. They met following her 1915 performance of “Stop! Look! Listen!”
He was 52 at the time, in his 12th year of marriage, and she was only 18 years old.
The couple also spent time at Hearst Castle in California. But Davies reportedly lived in the the Huntington Bay home — which resembles a chateau due to its Tudor revival style — for three decades between 1918 and 1951, says listing broker Sabrina Teplin, of Douglas Elliman.
According to a 1996 Newsday article, notable neighbors over the years include: Fanny Brice and her husband, gambler Nicky Arnstein; silent movie-era sister stars Dorothy and Lillian Gish; Albert Einstein; and Henry Fonda.