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'Girlie' Leaves Strip Behind

September 26, 1993|RUTH RYON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

MADONNA, who leaves for London this weekend on her world tour of "The Girlie Show," has moved into the nine-story Hollywood home she bought last fall for $5 million and has put her Sunset Strip-area home of nearly five years on the market at just under $3 million.

The pop star/actress, who turned 35 in August, released "Rain," a video from her "Erotica" album, in July, and she stars in the movies "Body of Evidence" and "Snake Eyes."

The home she just listed for sale has three bedrooms in slightly more than 4,500 square feet. Contemporary in style, the gated home has city views, walls of glass and a lavish master suite with a fireplace, large dressing area and gym.

The 25-year-old, recently refurbished home is in an area immediately north of the Sunset Strip known as Birdland, because of its bird-named streets.

Madonna's new home caused a neighborhood stir when her brother, Christopher Ciccone, had it painted red and yellow on the outside. Ciccone, who has been redecorating the house, has explained the color scheme as being test colors for an undercoating that will make the house look like a rustic Italian villa.

The house, which was built in 1926 and has nine bedrooms in nearly 7,800 square feet, was used as a gambling casino by a gangster during the 1930s. Madonna also owns a 1920s-era mansion on the waterfront in Miami.

Madison Offenhauser of Fred Sands Estates in Beverly Hills has the listing on the Sunset Strip-area home.

TYNE DALY, the four-time Emmy winner for "Cagney & Lacey" who also won a Tony for her 1990 Broadway role as Mama Rose in "Gypsy," has purchased the former Wilshire-area home of actor-director JAMES KEACH, who married actress JANE SEYMOUR (star of the CBS series "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman") in May.

Keach is directing his wife in the ABC movie "Through Hazel Eyes," which is due to air in April. Seymour and Keach are also co-executive producers of the drama, based on a true story about a small Mississippi newspaper publisher's wife, Hazel Brannon Smith, who stood up for her beliefs against racism.

Daly's new home is a Country French-style cottage with three bedrooms in about 1,700 square feet. It was built in 1926 but had been recently updated. It sold for close to its asking price of $415,000, sources say.

Jana Jones and Patty Ray of Prudential California Realty, Beverly Hills, represented Keach in selling the house, where he had lived for about seven years. Carol Gunneson, in Jon Douglas Co.'s Marina del Rey office, represented Daly.

A Greene and Greene-designed Pasadena house completed in 1906 has come on the market at $2.5 million, with proceeds going to Children's Hospital.

The 8,700-square-foot home, on about three acres, has three bedrooms and a sleeping porch in the three-story main house; a three-bedroom servant's quarters, and two guest apartments that are part of a three-car garage.

Among the other features are a circular drive; two-story entry; stained and leaded windows; sculpted wooden stairway; walls of bookcases, and a basement with a walk-in safe.

Known as THE ROBINSON HOUSE, the home was built for Henry Robinson, a young lawyer from Ohio who contributed to the founding of Caltech, Security Pacific Bank and the Palomar Observatory. He represented Presidents Coolidge and Wilson at post-World War I peace conferences in Europe and was a close friend of President Hoover.

The second owners were the Montgomery Millers. Before her death about a year ago, Irene Miller deeded the house to the hospital.

Bette Harvey and Jenny Monje-Manning at the William Wilson Co., Pasadena, share the listing.

BRIAN BOSWORTH, known as "The Boz" from his 1980s football days as an All-American linebacker at the University of Oklahoma, has purchased a two-acre, ocean-view site in Malibu, where he plans to build his home.

"We looked at houses for nearly two years. Then Brian decided to build," said Bob Rubenstein of Malibu Realty Inc., who represented Bosworth, 28, in buying the lot in a tract where a similar parcel sold recently for about $1 million.

With back-to-back films scheduled after the New Year, the football player-turned-actor will be busy while his home is being built, said Rubenstein, who figures that Bosworth's house, dubbed "Big Blue" because of expansive ocean views, will cost about $2 million to construct.

Bosworth was known for his fierce look as a college player. He weighed in at 248 pounds and had a commando-style haircut dyed various colors when the Seattle Seahawks signed him to a 10-year, $11-million contract in 1987.

He retired, with injuries, after three seasons, but made his first action film, "Stone Cold," in 1991.

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