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'Thelma' Hits Road--Again

July 24, 1994|RUTH RYON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Oscar-winning actress GEENA DAVIS and her husband, Finnish director RENNY HARLIN ("Cliffhanger," "Die Hard 2"), are moving their primary residence to a newly purchased multimillion-dollar estate in Santa Barbara County.

The couple, married last September, formed a company in May that will produce video games, theme restaurant parks and feature films, including the thriller "The Edge," which Harlin will direct. He is said to own the largest indoor amusement park in Europe as well as nightclubs and restaurants in Finland.

Davis, who won an Academy Award for "The Accidental Tourist" (1988) and co-starred in "A League of Their Own" (1992) and "Thelma and Louise" (1991), co-stars with Michael Keaton in the upcoming film "Speechless" and starts production in September on "Cutthroat Island," which Harlin will direct. He and Davis are producing "Speechless."

Davis has listed her 2,700-square-foot Victorian in Los Feliz at $800,000, or $1.2 million, including a guest house. The site was once subdivided, but Davis, who already owned the main house, bought the guest house before meeting Harlin to return the estate to its original size.

"Geena owned the house twice," said listing broker Lynne Beavers. "I sold it to her years ago and then, I sold it to her again after she was divorced from (actor) Jeff (Goldblum)." Davis restored the main house but hadn't gotten around to restoring the guest house when she married Harlin and moved to another home.

Another Los Feliz house in which Davis has an interest is listed with Beavers at $1.15 million. The three-story, 6,400-square-foot home, which is steeped in Hollywood history, was left partially renovated when work stopped after Davis' wedding. Now neighbors fear that nobody will complete the restoration, and the house, a local landmark, will be razed.

The longtime home of the late actor BILL BIXBY, best known for his starring role as Dr. David Bruce Banner on "The Incredible Hulk," has come on the market at $875,000.

Bixby, who also starred in the series "My Favorite Martian" and "The Courtship of Eddie's Father," died last November at 59.

Bixby had owned the home, a two-bedroom townhouse, since it was built in 1980 in the Century City development of Century Hills. He helped plan his unit and oversaw $200,000 in kitchen improvements. The townhouse also has a wine cellar and an office/computer area.

Bixby's widow, Judith Kliban-Bixby, plans to donate proceeds from the townhouse sale to an as yet-unspecified public television charity, in accordance with her late husband's wishes, said listing agent Kay Pick of Mike Silverman Estates, a Jon Douglas Co., in Beverly Hills. The townhome is co-listed with Gene Powell of Jon Douglas Co., Westwood.

A San Marino estate designed by WALLACE NEFF in 1929 for a Chicago woman whose husband was a founder of Sears Roebuck has been sold to a local businessman for close to its asking price of $3.5 million, sources say.

The home, which is on nearly two acres, was also owned at one time by J.B. Van Nuys, whose family developed the San Fernando Valley.

The 25-room compound has five bedroom suites and 10 baths plus a two-bedroom guest apartment over a garage. The estate also has a tennis court, formal gardens, a reflection pool and fountain. The seller, a real estate company, was represented by John Tartaglione of Douglas Properties.

CATHY MCAULEY, best known for her role of Wanda, Bull's wife, in the TV series "Night Court," and her husband, Ken Radcliffe, director of operations for Rainbow Productions, have purchased a 4,000-square-foot house in Ireland for $450,000, sources say. Built in 1840 of cut stone, the home is on 27 acres with 1,200 feet of river frontage.

McAuley, who has been set to star in an updated and renamed version of the Ginger Rogers film "Kitty Foyle" (1940), and Radcliffe live primarily in a Hollywood Hills condo that they have owned since 1985.

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