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'Princess' Buys Adobe Abode

July 18, 1993|RUTH RYON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Actress/writer CARRIE FISHER has purchased the Beverly Hills-area home of the late Oscar-winning costume designer Edith Head.

Fisher, the 36-year-old daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher, gained fame as Princess Leia in the "Star Wars" film trilogy before writing her first novel, "Postcards From the Edge," which was released as a movie in 1990.

She also appeared in "Sister Act" (1992), "Soapdish" (1991) and "When Harry Met Sally" (1989).

She has been planning to produce a miniseries about her father, who divorced Reynolds to marry Elizabeth Taylor. After he and Taylor were divorced, he married actress/singer Connie Stevens.

Fisher paid about $2.5 million for her 2.6-acre estate, which had been listed originally at $3.45 million. The Spanish Colonial-style house is an adobe hacienda, which was built in 1933 for actor Robert Armstrong, a leading man who was in the original movie "King Kong" (1933) with Fay Wray. The house, which has three bedrooms in about 4,200 square feet with canyon views, was built on five acres, which was subdivided before Head died at the age of 83 in 1981.

Head, who received eight Oscars, lived in the home for many years with her husband, an art director who died before Head. Head, who had no survivors, deeded the property just before her death to a charitable organization, which sold the home to an architect in 1983.

Fisher has put her former home--a three-bedroom house on an acre with a sauna, pool and forest of bamboo--up for lease at $14,000 a month. She has owned the 2,600-square-foot house, also in Beverly Hills, since 1984.

The Malibu home of late jazz great MILES DAVIS has been sold, after being in escrow nearly a year, for $2 million.

The 5,000-square-foot contemporary house, on a bluff above the ocean near a popular surfing spot at the Ventura County line, is where the trend-setting trumpeter spent his last days before dying at age 65 in September, 1991.

"Miles loved this house," said Robert Rubenstein of Malibu Realty, who represented Davis' estate. "It was where he would get away from it all and just relax and paint, which he liked doing in his final days."

Davis bought the house eight years ago through Rubenstein. "We closed it on his wedding day, so the house meant a lot to both of us," Rubenstein said. The 10-year-old home was purchased by a local businessman.

The late Academy Award-winning songwriter HARRY WARREN'S longtime Beverly Hills home has been sold to a manager in the music business for $2 million. The home was listed three years ago at $6.5 million.

Warren won Oscars for the songs "Lullaby of Broadway," "You'll Never Know" and "On the Atcheson, Topeka and the Santa Fe," and he wrote such popular songs as "Jeepers Creepers" and "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby." He also composed the score for "Forty-Second Street" (1933) and other movie musicals.

He died in 1981 at the age of 87. His daughter, Cookie Jones, inherited the home but was killed in an airplane crash in 1991. The house was leased out before it was sold.

Warren wrote most of his songs in a cottage on the 1.5-acre estate, which also has a John Wolfe-designed, Regency-style mansion, built for the songwriter in 1954.

The home also has a 60-foot-long swimming pool with two large clam-shell shaped fountains; a guest cottage, tennis court and motorcourt for 20 cars. Lynne Wilkes of Jon Douglas Co.'s Beverly Hills office had the listing.

Comedian TOM PARKS has put his Hollywood Hills home on the market, because he and his wife have relocated to a larger home in Brentwood.

Parks, the anchorman on HBO's "Not Necessarily the News" and a stand-up comic on "Comic Relief" and other TV and stage shows, hosts the comedy game show "Mouth Off," expected to premiere in the fall.

Parks has owned the three-bedroom, Hollywood Hills home since 1986, when he enlarged the master suite and added a steam shower and spa. The home is listed at $555,000 with Silva Mirzoian of RE/MAX, Beverly Hills.

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