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February 01, 1998|RUTH RYON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

ROSIE O'DONNELL has moved into a Hollywood Hills house, leased for two months at $20,000 a month, while she's taping her show in the L.A. area, sources say.

O'Donnell's show, which normally originates from New York, will be taped at Burbank's Warner Bros. studios from Monday until March 6. Warner Bros. leased the house for O'Donnell, sources said.

While in L.A., O'Donnell also will be honored Feb. 12 at AIDS Project Los Angeles' 10th annual "Commitment to Life" fund-raiser at the Universal Amphitheatre.

O'Donnell, 35, started out as a stand-up comic at age 18. She made her film debut in "A League of Their Own" (1992) and her Broadway debut as Rizzo in the 1994 revival of "Grease." She won an Emmy as a talk show host in 1996, the first year of her syndicated TV show.

The leased house has four bedrooms, a gym and six fireplaces in 6,000 square feet. The traditional-style home is on a woodsy lot with a rose garden and a pool.

The gated house, which also has a private drive, was built in the 1940s and was recently renovated. The lease includes furnishings.

Last year, actor Robert Duvall also leased the house for a couple of months, sources say.

Paul Czako of Hilton & Hyland, Beverly Hills, represented Warner Bros., other sources said.

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JAMIE FOXX, who stars in his own sitcom "The Jamie Foxx Show," on the WB network, has purchased a home in Tarzana from entertainment executive and record producer JOEL DIAMOND for $930,000, sources say.

Diamond, who produced 26 gold and platinum records for Engelbert Humperdinck and other artists, just formed a record and film company with a partner and is co-producing the movie "Joe Palooka," based on the comic-strip character that was a regular feature in newspapers from 1930 to 1984.

A year ago, Diamond listed the Tarzana house, which he refurbished twice after the Northridge earthquake, at $1.3 million. He had planned to move to Connecticut, but after leasing there last summer, he decided to stay in Southern California.

He still wanted a new home, however, so he sold the gated, 5,700-square-foot house in Tarzana, which has a gym, waterfall in the living room; media room, basketball court and 40-foot pool.

Diamond bought a six-bedroom, 8,000-square-foot fixer in Studio City for $786,000. It has an environmental chamber, which simulates wind, heat and rain; a 70-foot-long wet bar, four fireplaces and a gym, but Diamond is gutting the house.

"I'm putting another $500,000 into it. We're living in a hotel now," he said. Diamond, in his early 50s, and his wife, Andrea, have a child, Briana, age 5.

Foxx, 30, performed at comedy clubs before becoming a regular on the Fox series "In Living Color" in the early 1990s. He had supporting roles in "Toys" (1992), "The Great White Hype" (1996) and "The Truth About Cats and Dogs" (1996).

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Billionaire financier KIRK KERKORIAN has put a Mediterranean villa on 11.5 acres of his 31-acre Beverly Hills-area estate on the market at $6.5 million.

Actor Sylvester Stallone owned the five-bedroom 8,400-square-foot house for seven years, until he sold it back to Kerkorian last year.

Stallone added a movie theater and an artist's studio. Built in 1981, the gated home also has a putting green, tennis court and projection room.

Kerkorian, 80, maintains several houses on his estate, sources have said. He once sold another part of the estate to late congressman and former entertainer Sonny Bono, who also sold his share of the original estate back to Kerkorian after a number of years.

Raymond Bekeris of John Bruce Nelson Associates has the listing.

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Late actor JIMMY STEWART's longtime Beverly Hills home is back on the market after it had been in escrow for a couple of months. The asking price is $6.7 million.

Stewart died in July at 89; his wife, Gloria, died in 1994 at 75. They had lived in the home since they purchased it shortly after they were married in 1949, sources have said.

Built in 1928, the Country English-style house has five bedrooms in about 6,300 square feet plus two staff bedrooms and a three-bedroom guest house, all on about 1.3 acres behind walls and gates.

Don Robinson, Joseph LaPiana and Victoria Risko, all of Sotheby's International Realty in Beverly Hills, share the listing.

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An Emerald Bay house that was on the market for two years, first at $6.25 million, has been sold to an Orange County businessman and his family for about $5 million, sources say. The house, renovated several times, was built in the 1930s.

The five-bedroom 5,000-square-foot house, on about an acre with winding trails leading to a private beach, was sold by a local businessman and his family, who relocated to a southern state.

Betty Comegys and Nancy Peterson of Coast Newport Properties, Newport Beach, represented the sellers.

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