Posted by: Gregoryno6 | May 7, 2010

The fundamental buggered-upness of existence.

Mickelodeon posted this pic of Natasha Richardson and Patricia Hearst over at Strange Cousin Susan.

Natasha portrayed Patty in a movie, but the picture reminded of the doco Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst. The final scene in that film was a segment from a TV chat show that had PH coming down the stairs for a big smooch with the compere and then the pair of them gas on like they’ve been best friends since school. I walked out with a sense of dislike for Patty Hearst. Notwithstanding the time she was kept as a hostage it seemed to me she got off lightly compared to many of the people around her.

Some folks lead a charmed existence: bad things happen around them, and to them as well. They ride through the troubles, and maybe they learn a lesson or two but it’s hard to say. They live under a sort of protection that deflects pain elsewhere.

The real life bank robber, sent to jail for 35 years, was pardoned by the President after seven.  She became a celebrity all over again, made movies, married, and raised her children.

The actress skied into a tree and died, leaving behind a husband and two teenage boys.
You have to wonder sometimes about the fundamental rules that govern this universe.


  1. I barely remember watching this movie years ago and admittedly don’t know much about the true history of the story. But wasn’t she pardoned because of the possibility of the Stockholm Syndrome playing a role in her actions?

    Now I want to watch this again – mainly for the great Natasha. (sigh)

    • That’s possible. I was posting on the fly with this, and I don’t recall all the details.
      Even after a night’s sleep I’m not much clearer about what I was trying to say.
      Some jewels are said to be cursed, and bring bad luck to their owners. PH is something like that, I suppose.

  2. Oh, also – I love the new fractal in your title bar!!

    • The last one is titled Goldenblackeye. Ian Fleming would be spinning in his grave.

  3. Yes, it would seem that that her past actions were judged by the universe.

    Might be time for me to look through the bookshops for something about her past.

    • May you unearth some interesting finds…

  4. I am sad to say the local branch of the county library is woefully underbooked when it comes to Patty Hearst. Also Julian of Norwich. I can’t remember if it was a county-wide search I did for the two topics or just the branch, but as GOB would say on “Arrested Development,” “OH COME ON!”

    • I’m sorry to hear that. But do you realise that you are probably the first person EVER to mention Julian of Norwich in the same paragraph as Patty Hearst?
      Damn! If only you’d put them in the same sentence!

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