Hearst nearly steals show at Westminster

AP file photoRocket the shih tzu.

Heiress Patty Hearst has been in the spotlight many times, but rarely has it been for something as pleasant, or as cuddly, as guiding a dog to the upper echelons of the 139th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show this week.

Hearst claimed victory in the toy dog category Monday with GCH Hallmark Jolei Rocket Power, a shih tzu with the long, silky hair of Rapunzel and the weird goblin face of Rumpelstiltskin. On Tuesday, The Notorious GCHJRP — Rocket for short — threw his collar into the ring for best in show honors at Madison Square Garden.

Hearst, granddaughter of onetime San Francisco Examiner publisher William Randolph Hearst, came to national prominence in 1974, when the UC Berkeley student was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army. The SLA, which included nary a Symbion and liberated precisely nothing, renamed Hearst “Tania” and forced their captive to rob a bank, for which the heiress later served two years in prison before having her sentence commuted by President Jimmy Carter.

“People move on,” she said Monday. “I guess people somehow imagine you don’t evolve in your life. I have grown daughters and grand-daughters and other things that normal people have.”

QUICK TAKES

Fans and friends had crowdfunded more than $3,000 Tuesday for drag performer and rapper Wendy Ho, whose gear was stolen from a friend’s car in San Francisco last week, according to SFist.com. Ho is best known for songs like “Bitch, I Stole Your Purse.” … Mexican actress Movita Castaneda, star of the 1935 version of “Mutiny on the Bounty” and Marlon Brando’s second wife, died last week after a neck injury. She is believed to have been 98. … “Glee” star Darren Criss is taking over the title role of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” on Broadway. … MTV executive Van Toffler, who joined the company in 1987 and is probably the last person there who could pick Cyndi Lauper out of a lineup, is leaving the reality-TV and game-show network.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

49ers defensive tackle Tank Carradine is 26. … Actress Molly Ringwald (“Pretty in Pink”) is 47. … Rapper Dr. Dre is 50. … Actor Matt Dillon (“Crash”) is 51. … Game-show host Vanna White (“Wheel of Fortune”) is 58. … Actor John Travolta (“Pulp Fiction”) is 61. … Singer Juice Newton is 63. … Actress Cybill Shepherd (“Cybil”) is 65. … Artist-singer Yoko Ono is 82. … Movie director Milos Forman (“Amadeus”) is 83. … Author Toni Morrison is 84.

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