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Cheers From Brentwood

November 19, 1995|RUTH RYON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

TED DANSON and his wife, MARY STEENBURGEN, have purchased a Colonial-style home in Brentwood for close to $3.5 million, including furnishings, non-real estate sources say.

Danson, who won two Emmy Awards as the bar owner in the long-running TV series "Cheers," and Steenburgen, who won a best supporting actress Oscar for her role in "Melvin and Howard" (1980), were married in October.

President and Mrs. Clinton, who know Arkansas-born Steenburgen, attended the wedding, held on the grounds of the $1-million farmhouse on Martha's Vineyard that the actors bought in the summer of 1994.

The romance between Danson, 47, and Steenburgen, 42, flourished after they co-starred in the movie "Pontiac Moon" (1994). The couple also co-star in the NBC miniseries "Gulliver's Travels," due to air in February.

Danson co-starred in "Three Men and a Baby" (1987), "Three Men and a Little Lady" (1990) and "Made in America" (1993).

Steenburgen co-starred in "Back to the Future III" (1990), "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" (1993) and "Philadelphia" (1993).

The newlyweds' Brentwood home was built in 1924 but was recently refurbished and has six bedrooms in 5,400 square feet, sources say. The home needed to be large enough for the couple's combined family: Steenburgen's daughter, 14, and son, 12, and Danson's two daughters, 11 and 15.

Rock star VINCE NEIL, who was lead singer for the band Motley Crue for 11 years, has put his beachfront estate in Malibu up for lease at $8,900 a month.

"Vince desired a change of scenery and atmosphere after the tragic loss of his 4-year-old daughter, Skylar, who succumbed to stomach cancer in August," said Jeff Albright, Neil's spokesman.

Neil, 34, is moving to Las Vegas, where he has a short-term lease on a gated estate owned by pop singer KEELY SMITH, Albright said.

Neil's Malibu home has four bedrooms in about 5,000 square feet. The three-story, French Normandy-style home has decks on all levels and 60 feet of beachfront.

Neil recently released his second solo album, "Carved in Stone" on the Warner Bros. Records label. Publishing royalties from the single "Skylar's Song," on the album, are being donated to L.A.'s Children's Hospital via the T.J. Martell Foundation, based in Beverly Hills.

Ivana Sekerka at the Prudential-Jon Douglas Co., Malibu, has the listing.

GALE STORM, who played the title roles in the 1950s TV series "My Little Margie" and "Oh Susanna" and more recently appeared on the TV series "Murder, She Wrote," and her husband, retired ABC executive Paul Masterson, have put their Hancock Park condo on the market.

They plan to move to their other home in Laguna Beach.

Storm, 73, was married for 44 years when her husband, Lee Bonnell, died in 1986. She married Masterson, a widower, in 1988, and they bought the condo in 1989.

Since then, they have divided their time between their Laguna home and the condo, which has two bedrooms and a den in 1,900 square feet.

The French Normandy-style building, originally constructed in 1928 but recently renovated, also has a pool and a spa on its grounds.

The condo is listed at $349,000 with Janet Loveland at Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Hancock Park.

DENNIS F. HIGHTOWER, who replaced Richard Frank earlier this year as Walt Disney Co.'s top television executive, has purchased the Holmby Hills home of Academy Award-winning composer HENRY MANCINI, who died in 1994.

The 10,000-square-foot home, with a tennis court, was built for Mancini and his wife, Ginny, in 1980. It was first listed in 1994 at $5.5 million and sold for $3.5 million, sources say.

Hightower, 53, was named president of Walt Disney Television & Telecommunications in March. The Harvard-educated executive was formerly head of the European and Middle Eastern region of Disney Consumer Products.

Just before he died, Mancini completed 25 new songs for the musical version of "Victor, Victoria," which opened this Oct. 25 on Broadway.

June Scott of June Scott Estates, a Prudential-Jon Douglas Co., had the listing.

A London pied-a-terre being created in a building constructed in 1845 as a private club is "the world's most expensive private home," says the Times of London. It's listed at about $93 million.

The home, at 74 St. James's St., will have a ballroom with a 50-foot ceiling, 24 baths, a basement swimming pool, 1,225-square-foot master suite and rooftop greenhouse.

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