The True Meaning Of “Rosebud”

In Citizen Kane‘s famous ending, we finally see that Kane’s darling “Rosebud” is actually a childhood sled. However, the real meaning of “Rosebud” may be much more scandalousCitizen Kane was based on William Randolph Hearst, whose mistress was actress Marion Davies. According to one source, in real life, “Rosebud” was Hearst’s nickname for Davies’, er, private nether regions.

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