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Actor Lands in Santa Monica

March 27, 1994|RUTH RYON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

TREAT WILLIAMS, who co-stars with Shelley Long in the upcoming CBS sitcom "Good Advice," and his wife, actress-dancer Pamela Van Sant, are leasing a Santa Monica home.

"Good Advice" is about a divorce attorney (Williams) and a divorced marriage counselor (Long) who share an office suite but not the same philosophy, as the counselor tries to mend the type of dysfunctional relationships from which the lawyer makes his living.

The series was due to have its season premiere last fall, but it was postponed because of Long's bout with the flu. Since then, 13 episodes have been filmed and are expected to air shortly.

Williams, 42, also co-starred with Kelly McGillis last year in the TV movie "Bonds of Love," and he previously portrayed J. Edgar Hoover and Jack Dempsey in TV bios, played Stanley Kowalski in the TV version of "Streetcar Named Desire" (1987) and appeared in the TV movie "Drug Wars: The Camarena Story" (1990). He also starred in the 1979 movie "Hair."

He also has several planes that he rents to the studios, for use in films, through his Cine Flights, and he is a pilot. Early in his acting career, Williams flew planes for a living.

The house that he and his wife leased, for about a year at $6,000 a month, was built in the early 1940s and has four bedrooms in about 3,000 square feet. It is a red-brick home with white columns and green shutters. The couple owns a condo in Manhattan and a farm in Vermont.

The Williamses were represented in their lease by Chrys Stamatis of Jon Douglas Co.'s Brentwood office, and the house had been listed by Coldwell Banker in Brentwood.

Actress/writer PAMELA MASON has listed her longtime Beverly Hills home at $4.5 million.

Built in 1926 for silent film star Buster Keaton and owned in the early '40s by Cary Grant and Barbara Hutton, the estate was purchased by Pamela and James Mason in 1946, the same year he won the Motion Picture Award, the British equivalent of an Oscar. James Mason earned three Academy Award nominations before he died at age 75 in 1984.

The Masons were both born in England, and she was an heiress to a wool-manufacturing fortune. The couple, who had two children, was divorced in 1964, but she continued to live in the Beverly Hills home, on 1.5 acres with a tennis court, pool and two-story guest house.

"She used to broadcast (her syndicated, TV talk show) out of the living room of the main house," said listing agent Shirley Wells of John Aaroe & Associates, a newly formed Beverly Hills firm. The 10,000-square-foot house has six bedrooms and a ballroom.

"She has said, 'I raised my children (Portland and Morgan) and had many wonderful experiences here, but it's time to move on,' " Wells said. Besides doing a talk show, Pamela Mason wrote a movie column and several novels. As an actress, she made her stage debut in 1936 and last appeared in the '85 TV movie "My Wicked, Wicked Ways--The Legend of Errol Flynn."

She plans to move to Las Vegas, where she owned a vacation home at one time. "She's a night person, and she loves it there," Wells said.

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