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Actor's Off the Slopes, on Road

February 11, 1996|RUTH RYON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

LLOYD BRIDGES, who was heading to Toronto last week to start shooting the CBS movie "Pen Pals," and his wife, Dorothy, have listed their family getaway in Bear Valley, a ski resort between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite, at $1.8 million, including some furnishings.

"It breaks our hearts to sell it, but we aren't using it enough," said the actor's wife from their West L.A. home. They also have a home in Malibu.

"Jeff has a thousand-acre ranch in Montana where he goes with his family when he has time off," she said of their son, actor Jeff Bridges, "and [actor and son] Beau bought a place in Kauai last year. He goes there with his family whenever he has time off. My husband is busy too."

After Bridges, 83, shoots "Pen Pals," he is due to narrate Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" in New York and Saint-Saen's "Carnival of the Animals" in London.

"So we don't have a lot of time off, either," said Dorothy Bridges, who lives with her husband of 57 years near UCLA, where they met as students. He starred in the '50s TV series "Sea Hunt" and has appeared in many movies, including "Blown Away" (1994).

"When we have time off, we'll probably still go up to Bear Valley, but we won't buy again, because you can't be in too many places at once at this stage of life," Dorothy Bridges said. "And when we go to Bear Valley, we won't need seven bedrooms and seven baths."

The 5,500-square-foot, four-level house, built in 1978, also has three decks, a sauna and an outdoor spa. "It's really like two homes in one," she said. The ground level is a guest quarters with a kitchen and a laundry room.

She and her husband helped design and build the house to accommodate their whole family. They have three grown children, with daughter, Lucinda, and 11 grandchildren.

The house, on about an acre on a private lake, is co-listed with Brigitte Michaelsen at Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in Brentwood and Goran Berglund of Bear Valley Real Estate in Bear Valley.

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KRISTEN JOHNSON, who plays the statuesque alien named Sally on John Lithgow's new NBC comedy series "3rd Rock From the Sun," has leased a traditional style three-bedroom home in the Hollywood Hills for a year, sources say.

The 2,000-square-foot home, which has city views, is owned by Karl Herlinger Jr., 83, a pioneer makeup man and silent-film child star known as Laddie Earl.

He is spending most of his time in the Carolinas now, to be closer to his family, sources say.

Johnson is leasing the home at close to its asking price of $3,000 a month, sources say.

Herlinger was represented by Marilyn Watson of Celebrity Properties, and Johnson was represented by Renee Wilson of Dalton, Brown & Long, other sources said.

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SAM PERKINS, former Laker-turned-Seattle SuperSonics forward and co-captain of the 1984 gold medal-winning U.S Olympic basketball team, has listed his Marina del Rey home at slightly less than $1.1 million. Perkins, 34, bought the house for about $1.34 million in July 1992. He was traded to Seattle in February 1993.

The three-bedroom, nearly 4,000-square-foot house has a 26-foot-high atrium, 18-foot-high ceilings in the master bedroom and an elevator. It was built in 1987. Bill Kennedy and Tracey Hennessey of the Prudential-Jon Douglas Co., Santa Monica, share the listing.

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Clothing designers and manufacturers FRANCINE BROWNER and NEIL AFROMSKY, a husband-and-wife team, bought a Santa Ynez Valley estate known as Westerly near the end of last year, and now they are planning to redecorate the house, build a stable and plant wine-producing grapes on the 103-acre grounds, sources say.

Westerly, a 31-room mansion that sat half-built for nearly 20 years, was in the process of being completed when it was listed in 1991 at $7.9 million. In 1993, when the house was finished, the asking price was $4.8 million. It sold for about $4 million, sources say.

The 24,000-square-foot house was originally on 3,600 acres owned by Fletcher Jones, the financial wizard behind Computer Sciences Corp. Jones had begun to build the house when he was killed in a plane crash. The property had been subdivided when Kenneth and Lois Landau bought the half-finished house, completed it and sold it to its current owners, sources say.

The buyers sold their Bel-Air home in 1994 for about $4.5 million to Warner Bros. chairman Bob Daly, and they have been living since then in a Beverly Hills home, sources say.

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