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Selling a Home She Never Sees

June 09, 1996|RUTH RYON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

JULIETTE LEWIS, who plays the granddaughter of Aurora Greenaway (Shirley MacLaine) in the upcoming film "The Evening Star," has put her Hollywood house on the market at $929,000.

Lewis, who will turn 23 on June 21, co-starred with George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino in "From Dusk Till Dawn," released in February. She co-starred with Woody Harrelson in "Natural Born Killers" (1994). "The Evening Star," the sequel to "Terms of Endearment," is due in November.

"She has been doing so many movies, she hasn't been home much lately. But she loves having a home of her own, so she is looking for a larger house," a source said.

Lewis, the new Guess? Girl this year, stars in a commercial that is a mini-film noir drama titled "Cheat." In 90 seconds, "Cheat" tells a story about a suspicious woman (Traci Lords) who hires a private-eye/pimp (Harry Dean Stanton) to use one of his girls (Lewis) to test the fidelity of a man (Peter Horton).

Lewis won an Academy Award nomination as best supporting actress in "Cape Fear" (1991). She appeared in "Husbands and Wives" (1992) and "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" (1993). Last year, she was in "Strange Days" and "The Basketball Diaries."

Her father, Geoffrey Lewis, plays Fred Dryer's sidekick in the syndicated series "Land's End."

The actress has owned her Hollywood home since January 1994. She moved into it in June of that year.

"She is the fourth owner since 1930 [when the house was built] and the last owner lived there for 20 years," a source said.

She removed the French Normandy roof and replaced it with a roof more fitting with the Spanish architecture. She remodeled the kitchen and enlarged the garage, adding some security features. She refinished stained-glass windows and hardwood floors, then added a master bath.

The house, at the end of a cul-de-sac with city views, has three bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths in a bit more than 3,000 square feet. The home also has a bonus room.

The house is listed with Minia Lederman, an independent Westside Realtor.

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DIAHANN CARROLL, whose role as Norma Desmond in the Toronto production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Sunset Boulevard" is expected to continue until August 1997, has put her Beverly Hills-area home back on the market after taking it off for three months.

Originally listed at $1.45 million, it's now for sale at $1.2 million with Bucky Hazen at the Prudential-Jon Douglas Co. in Beverly Hills. Built in 1960, the house recently underwent a total refurbishing, with more than $150,000 spent on the kitchen alone, sources say.

Carroll, 60, isn't using the four-bedroom 5,400-square-foot residence, which she has owned for about 20 years, and her husband, singer Vic Damone, is spending much of his time in their desert home, sources say.

The Beverly Hills-area house also has a greenhouse breakfast room, offices and staff quarters with a separate entrance.

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TV chef HARRY SCHWARTZ, who has appeared many times on NBC's "Today Show," writes a column for Luxury Lifestyles magazine and tapes segments for NBC's "Extra," has moved to Malibu from Jupiter Island, Fla. He has leased a newly built house with an option to buy.

The house is listed at $2.6 million. Schwartz is said to have sold his Jupiter Island house for $1.4 million.

Schwartz, 38, moved with his wife, Laurie, and their daughter, because he plans to produce a syndicated show for PBS featuring celebrities being interviewed by him in their kitchens while he prepares gourmet meals for them and their guests. He just finished the pilot.

"My original business was recycling scrap metal in Tulsa," he said. He also ran a restaurant in Tulsa. In 1991, he sold the businesses and moved to Florida, where he opened another restaurant. He also did some catering, which led to his becoming a TV chef.

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Director-writer-producer LARRY COHEN, who directed the recently released Orion Pictures film "Original Gangstas," and his wife, Cynthia, have sold their five-story brownstone in New York and are said to be making their Coldwater Canyon home, which they've owned since 1980, their primary residence.

A longtime resident of New York, Cohen has favored New York City locations in his films. He also has written for the theater on and off-Broadway as well as in England.

The Cohens sold their New York home, on 79th Street off Park Avenue, for $3.2 million to a Dutch business corporation, a source said. Their 8,700-square-foot home on 2.5 acres in Coldwater Canyon has just been renovated at an estimated cost of more than $700,000.

Larry Cohen wrote the Sidney Lumet-directed thriller "Guilty as Sin" (1993). A writer for the CBS drama "The Defenders," he also created and wrote for the ABC series "The Invaders" before writing the film "Best Seller" (1987) and producing, directing and writing such films as "Q" (1982) and "The Stuff" (1985).

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