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February 04, 1996|RUTH RYON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Comedian LOUIE ANDERSON, whose CBS sitcom "The Louie Show" debuted last Wednesday and will be shown again today with a half-hour behind-the-scenes special on E! Entertainment Television, has leased a Hollywood Hills house and put his Hancock Park condo on the market.

In "The Louie Show," Anderson, 42, plays a psychotherapist in Duluth, Minn., whose honesty gets him into difficult but funny situations. Diane English and Joel Shukovsky, co-creators and former producers of "Murphy Brown," are executive producers with Matt Goldman, who created the new series with Anderson.

Anderson, who has produced a number of his own comedy specials for HBO and Showtime and has written two autobiographical best-sellers, has owned the condo since 1990, when he sold his former Hollywood Hills home and moved to Las Vegas and then Naples, Fla.

Anderson bought the condo as a place to stay when visiting L.A. He decided to move back to L.A. after his 1994 animated special "Life With Louie" was turned into a series on the Fox Children's Network. However, he didn't want to live in the condo.

"He wanted more of a feeling of a home, so he leased a bigger place up in the hills," said listing agent Ann Eysenring of the Prudential-Jon Douglas Co., Beverly Hills. Anderson is said to have leased a 3,500-square-foot house at about $5,000 a month.

The condo, a loft-type, open-space floor plan, has two bedrooms in about 1,000 square feet. It's in a five-story building built in the 1920s and is listed at $215,000.

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ANDREW CLAY, whose CBS series "Bless This House" was replaced by "The Louie Show," is asking $795,000 for his former home in the Sunset Strip area.

The comedian, 37, dropped his middle name, Dice, when he started doing sitcom roles last year. He stars in the kung fu movie "No Contest," released in December.

Clay's Sunset Strip-area home, which he bought six years ago, is 3,400 square feet and has city views, a guest house and an indoor-outdoor pool. The residence was built in 1959 and was recently refurbished.

Clay lived in the house with his family until early last year, when he bought a four-bedroom, nearly 7,000-square-foot home on the Westside for close to $1.9 million.

Elaine Young of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Beverly Hills, has the listing on the Sunset Strip-area home.

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CHRISTOPHER LAMBERT, who starred in the movie "Mortal Kombat" (1995), has leased a Beverly Hills home for three months while in town visiting his 2-year-old daughter by actress Diane Lane.

Lambert, 38, moved to Paris after his L.A.-based company produced "Knight Moves" (1992), in which he and Lane co-starred. Lambert's first leading role in an English-language film was in "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes" (1984). He's due to make a sequel to "Mortal Kombat" this summer.

The house he leased has four bedrooms and two maids' quarters in 8,000 square feet. The gated home, which has a tennis court and pool, was built in 1991 and is owned by the builder, a source said. Lambert is leasing the home at $15,000 a month, sources say. It was listed at $3 million.

Paul Czako of Hilton & Hyland, Beverly Hills, handled both sides of the lease transaction.

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EDWARD PRESSMAN, who produced "Reversal of Fortune" (1990) and "The Crow" (1994), has sold his Santa Monica home to Peter Chernin, chairman and chief executive of Fox Films Entertainment, for $4.2 million, sources say. The asking price was $4.5 million, and the home was on the market for only a week.

Pressman formed a partnership last spring with Ken Lipper to produce movies from New York-based literary, theatrical and magazine sources. Lipper, a former Salomon Bros. investment banker, was deputy mayor of New York under former Mayor Ed Koch. Lipper and Pressman worked together on "Wall Street" (1987) and "City Hall," an Al Pacino film due out Feb. 16.

Pressman bought the four-bedroom, 7,000-square-foot home in the spring of 1993 for about $3.4 million, sources say. The asking price then was just under $4 million.

The home was built in the 1920s but was remodeled and is on one of the most upscale residential streets in Santa Monica.

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GEORGE CHRISTY, longtime columnist with the Hollywood Reporter, has put his Palm Springs getaway of about 20 years on the market.

"It's a sweet little house, away from the world, and I've had Truman Capote, Diana Rigg and Ginger Rogers there to dine, but it's time for me to move on," Christy said.

Built in 1933, the white clapboard cottage has two bedrooms, an artist's studio and a fireplace in nearly 900 square feet. It's listed at $125,000 with Don Keating of Tarbell Realtors, Palm Springs.

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