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Work Keeps Her in Orbit, But Bel-Air Is Home Base


The Tony- and Emmy-award-winning actress, who went from vaudeville as Baby Nan at age 3 to starring in a number of Broadway shows as well as her own TV series in the '60s, sold the two-bedroom, 1,500-square-foot house for $640,000 to architect-developer Bob Hernandez.

Fabray, a longtime resident of Pacific Palisades who was honorary mayor there in the late 1960s, owns a Palisades house but considers a townhouse in Manhattan Beach, near her son and his family, her main residence. Fabray, in her 70s, recently became a grandmother for the first time, a source said.

While she is on stage in New Jersey, Fabray plans to lease out her townhouse, which is about two blocks from the beach. It's available from February to June at $3,500 a month, furnished, including linens and dishes.

Cynthia Satterfield of RE/MAX, Santa Monica, has the listing and represented Fabray in the Santa Monica sale. Steve Karsh of Malibu Realty represented Hernandez.


Producer MATTHEW MELLON, scion of the Pittsburgh banking Mellons, and his cousin, philanthropist Ginger Grace, descendant of the founder of W.R. Grace & Co., have leased a $2-million estate in the Beverly Hills area. Mellon's grandfather, William L. Mellon, founded Gulf Oil.

Mellon, about 30, and Grace rented the Country French house at $8,000 a month for a year, sources say. The home has five bedrooms and a guest house in 7,000 square feet.

It was built in 1990 by a Beverly Hills physician who still owns it, a source said. The doctor also built a house next door, owned by comedian Rita Rudner.

The lessees were represented by Paul Czako of Hilton & Hyland in Beverly Hills.


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