Actress JULIE ANDREWS and her husband, director-producer-writer BLAKE EDWARDS, have sold their Brentwood home for about $5 million, sources say.
Andrews is due to appear in Houston's Music Hall from Aug. 26 to Sept. 21 in a production of "Victor / Victoria," Edwards' musical about a woman pretending to be a man impersonating a woman. The show was based on Edwards' 1982 movie, in which Andrews also starred.
Andrews starred in the stage production when it opened on Broadway in 1995. It was her first return to Broadway in 35 years, having starred there in "My Fair Lady" and "Camelot" in 1960. Earlier this year, Andrews was replaced in the Broadway show, which closed in July, by Liza Minnelli, followed by Raquel Welch.
Andrews, 61, is best known for her lead role in "The Sound of Music" (1965) and for her Academy Award-winning performance in Disney's "Mary Poppins" (1964). Edwards, 75, is best known for his '60s-'70s "Pink Panther" comedies, starring Peter Sellers, and he also wrote and directed "10" (1979).
The couple, married nearly 28 years, had owned the Brentwood house for seven years. They bought it for $3.3 million and put $1 million into renovations, sources say. Once described as "a storybook traditional" with a white picket fence, the house is about 7,000 square feet and has gardens and a pool.
Andrews and Edwards still have a house in Brentwood that they bought before the one they just sold, and they recently purchased a summer place in Sag Harbor, New York, to be near her daughter Emma Walton and first grandchild.
"So they'll be bicoastal," Andrews' publicist, Gene Schwam, said. "They've also had a home in Gstaad [Switzerland] for almost 20 years."
Edwards has some theater work on the East Coast and some film work in California, and Andrews will be doing some film work again, after she appears in Houston and then Seattle "to help get the revised touring show [of 'Victor/Victoria'] in place," Schwam added. "Then the hope is that Raquel will take it on its world tour."
Former newscaster JERRY DUNPHY, a TV news anchor in Southern California for more than 30 years, and his wife, Sandra, have put their Encino home of eight years on the market at just under $1.5 million.
Dunphy, 77, marked nearly 50 years in the electronic media before KCBS-TV Channel 2 let him go as an anchor in a major restructuring in March 1996. Dunphy also worked at KCAL-TV Channel 9 and KABC-TV Channel 7.
He is developing a series called "The Stars, Then and Now," based on celebrity interviews he conducted more than 20 years ago.
His gated Encino house is Country French in style and has five bedrooms in 6,000 square feet. It also has a pool, spa, city and canyon views, a three-car garage and a motor court. The master suite has a sitting room, fireplace and sauna.
Cynthia Radom of the Prudential-Jon Douglas Co., Beverly Hills, shares the listing with Colleen and Gary Wolfson of the firm's office in Studio City.
Veteran actor RICHARD WIDMARK has sold his 80-acre ranch in Hidden Valley, near Thousand Oaks, for about $6 million, sources say.
Widmark, 82, was an interviewee earlier this year on the TNT special "Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western" and on the A&E Biography "Sidney Poitier: The Defiant One."
He has appeared in many westerns, including John Ford's '60s films "Two Rode Together" and "Cheyenne Autumn," and he was in "Judgment at Nuremberg" (1961). Widmark played a senator in the movie "True Colors" (1991) and was in the 1995 TV documentary "Wild Bill, Hollywood Maverick: The Life and Times of William A. Wellman."
His wife, screenwriter and actor Jean Hazelwood, died in March. They had been married since 1942.
The ranch, where the Widmarks liked to spend much of their time during the 20-plus years that they owned it, has a ranch house, guest quarters and horse facilities. The buyer is El Campeon Farms, which recently bought actor Robert Wagner's adjacent ranch.
Widmark bought another horse ranch out of the area, sources said.
Bill Carter and Rob Werner, both of Young Realtors' Estates Division in Westlake Village, represented Widmark in the sale, other sources said.
Jockey ALEX SOLIS, who has dominated Southern California horse racing this year, and his wife, Sheila, have purchased a 2.3-acre home site in the north Glendora area, where he plans to start building a house in September.
Solis, 33, recently won seasonal titles at Hollywood Park, Del Mar and Santa Anita. He finished second by a head in this year's Kentucky Derby.
In 1982, he moved from Panama to Florida and in 1985, he came to California. He and his wife have four children.
They bought the home site for $398,000. Lots in the project range in price from $370,000 to $590,000. The development, a gated community of 11 homes near Santa Anita Park, is near 128 acres of natural canyon terrain.
Sharon Alosi of Fred Sands Advantage, Glendora, had the listing.