PEOPLE Magazine 40th Anniversary

40 Years Later: Headline Makers
Then & Now

Who was making news in 1974, the year PEOPLE published its first issue? From Stephen King to Barbara Walters to Hank Aaron, look back at who filled our pages then – and find out what they're doing today

PATTY HEARST

1974: When the publishing heir, 19, was kidnapped by anti-government radicals from her Berkeley, California, apartment on Feb. 4, Americans were horrified. But two months later sympathy turned to outrage when Hearst declared her allegiance to her captors and was photographed wielding a semi-automatic during a San Francisco bank robbery.
2014: After serving time in prison for almost two years, Hearst married her former bodyguard and had two daughters, Gillian and actress-model Lydia Hearst. Recently widowed, Hearst, 59, lives in a quiet New York suburb and occasionally acts and does speaking engagements.