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Anita Hoffman, 56, who helped then-husband Abbie...


Anita Hoffman, 56, who helped then-husband Abbie Hoffman plot the most memorable pranks of the Yippie movement and later helped him hide for years from the FBI, died of breast cancer Sunday in San Francisco.

Ms. Hoffman helped Abbie Hoffman disrupt the New York Stock Exchange by throwing money on the trading floor, encircle the Pentagon in a protest against the Vietnam War and plan the demonstrations in Chicago during the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

Though they divorced, Ms. Hoffman supported Mr. Hoffman for years while he lived underground to escape drug charges. After he went underground in 1974, she raised their son, America, while keeping law enforcement at bay. Her husband committed suicide in 1989.

Ms. Hoffman wrote a memoir of those years, "To America with Love: Letters from the Underground," and later, under a pseudonym, wrote the novel "Trashing."

Catherine Campbell Hearst, 81, the socialite mother of Patricia Hearst, died Wednesday at UCLA Medical Center after a stroke. She married and divorced newspaper executive Randolph Apperson Hearst, the son of William Randolph Hearst.

Mrs. Hearst served 20 years on the University of California Board of Regents during the 1960s and 1970s when California's universities were rocked by the free speech and anti-war movements.

The turmoil of the era became a family matter Feb. 4, 1974, when a revolutionary group called the Symbionese Liberation Army kidnapped her daughter, who went on to join her abductors in a bank robbery that led to a seven-year prison sentence for her.

Pub Date: 1/01/99

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