Remembering Bernard Shaw (Sort Of)

News of the death of Bernard Shaw — Patty Hearst’s bodyguard-turned-husband — brought back memories of the couple’s Westport ties. They lived on Tiffany Lane — near South Maple — for several years in the 1980s.

The first time I saw Patty Hearst here was — you can’t make this up — in a bank.

I did not dive for cover.

But I thought about it.

Patty Hearst, Bernard Shaw, and daughters.

Patty Hearst, Bernard Shaw, and daughters.

8 responses to “Remembering Bernard Shaw (Sort Of)

  1. Richard Lawrence Stein

    From what I remember Mr. Shaw was a nice man. His son Tommy (Patty’s step-son) was on the Staples wrestling team and would show up time to time like any other busy corporate executive.

  2. I am very sorry to hear of Bernard Shaw’s passing. I was assigned to photograph Patricia Hearst for Ladies’ Home Journal early in their marriage. The session took place at her mother’s house in Beverly Hills, when their first child was just a baby. I was impressed with his sense of humor and dedication to her protection. They were a lovely family.

  3. Here is a link to a short reel of celebrities from the 80s endorsing Miggs Burroughs’ TV show. It’s hilarious. A very alluring Patty appears at about 2:55. (There’s also Rush Limbaugh, Tom Seaver and Snuggles the Bear — quite a crew.)

  4. Dan, with all due respect for your normal social consciousness, I honestly must comment that I think the use of this particular image of Patricia, taken during her darkest hour of oppression, is inappropriate. She has just lost her life partner, the man who supported her and helped her heal from her terrible ordeal…

  5. The image I’m referring to is the Simbianese Liberation Army propaganda poster, not Miggs’ ….

    • Linda Gramatky Smith

      Pam, thanks for speaking up about this. Because there is no poster in this article, my guess is that Dan heard you and removed it. Thanks to you both.

  6. What a beautiful family portrait!

  7. Tiny correction here, Dan. Tiffany Lane is off Clapboard Hill Road and more or less parallel to South Maple.