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January 25, 1998|RUTH RYON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Actor ROBERT LOGGIA, who just finished shooting the comedy film "Holy Man" with Eddie Murphy, and Loggia's wife, Audrey, have sold the Brentwood house where they had been living while remodeling their Bel-Air home, for $1.2 million, sources say.

Loggia, who played a general fighting invading aliens in the sci-fi movie "Independence Day" (1996), appears in the upcoming movies "Shakespeare's Sister," co-starring Kenneth Branagh and Madeleine Stowe, and "Flypaper," with Craig Sheffer and Illeana Douglas. Loggia is now working on the film "Live Virgin," with Bob Hoskins.

Since the late 1950s, Loggia, in his 60s, has appeared in scores of movies and TV series. He played the toy company executive who dances with Tom Hanks on a giant keyboard in "Big" (1988) and was the lead in the late 1980s NBC series "Mancuso FBI."

The Loggias sold a 5,000-square-foot, Mediterranean-style house, built in 1990 in the guard-gated community of MountainGate to a businessman and his wife, who had been living in Century City, sources say.

The Brentwood home, which has city and golf course views, was the Loggias' home for four years. The actor has described himself in The Times as "a recently addicted golfer." He said he likes the exercise and camaraderie.

They have owned the Bel-Air house, built in the 1960s, for almost two years. It took them more than a year to remodel it.

The house, which was a French Regency, is now Country French in style and has three bedroom suites, his and her master baths, four fireplaces, gym, office, greenhouse and painting studio. The 6,000-square-foot house is on a promontory with a pool, fountain and city views.

Tania Ferris of Coldwell Banker-Jon Douglas Co., Beverly Hills, represented the Loggias in buying in Bel-Air and selling in Brentwood. Drew Mandile and Brooke Knapp of Sotheby's International Realty in Beverly Hills represented the buyers of the Brentwood house.

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Tony- and Grammy-winning lyricist-composer JERRY HERMAN has put his Palm Springs home on the market at just less than $2 million.

Herman, in his early 60s, wrote the scores for "Hello, Dolly!" "La Cage aux Folles" and "Mame," but he also loves to restore and refurbish houses.

"My thing is redoing houses," he said. "This was my 27th. I redid it and lived in it [as a weekend home] for three glorious years.

"The only reason I'm going to sell it is that I need another [house] project. I'm really settled in Bel-Air [his primary residence]. So I'm looking for something new in the desert. I want to find another house and Hermanize it."

The Palm Springs house was originally built in the 1950s for singer-actress Dinah Shore.

"It was a wonderful glass-and-stone piece of architecture, and I had so much fun redoing it because there had been a lot of alterations and changes," Herman said.

"I took it back to its original design and threw out a lot of built-ins." He designed the interiors in sand and bronze shades to complement the desert site, on nearly 1.5 acres with rolling lawns, a rose garden, 14 mature fruit trees, a tennis court and a long swimming pool, he said.

The 7,000-square-foot house is in the Las Palmas area of town, where walled estates are close to the mountains. Herman's home has a three-bedroom guest wing, master suite with a sunken spa tub, maid's quarters, media room and sauna.

The home also has a one-bedroom pool house, koi pond with stainless steel sculpture, foyer with glass and water sculpture and living room with stone and copper fireplace.

Mike Shanley of Coldwell Banker Eadie Adams Realty, Palm Springs, has the listing.

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LISA RINNA, who plays restaurateur Taylor McBride on the prime-time soaper "Melrose Place," has sold her former Sherman Oaks home for close to its $335,000 asking price, to a businesswoman, sources say.

Rinna replaced Hunter Tylo on the Fox series when Tylo was terminated before any on-air appearances. Tylo recently won her pregnancy discrimination lawsuit against the producers for firing her.

Rinna, 33, married former "L.A. Law" star Harry Hamlin, 44, in March, and they live in the Beverly Hills area.

The Sherman Oaks home, which she had owned for a few years, has two bedrooms in 1,450 square feet and a deck overlooking a garden and several trees.

Cissy Wellman of the Brentwood East and Studio City offices of Coldwell Banker-Jon Douglas Co. had the listing. Adele Healey and Brian Kluff of Re/Max on the Boulevard in Studio City represented the buyer.

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The little red cottage on the beach in "The Rockford Files," "Charlie's Angels," "Harry O," "The A-Team," "Hart to Hart," "Dallas" and other TV series and movies has been sold for the first time since it was built four decades ago in Malibu.

The cottage was built in the 1950s as the honeymoon house for Gloria and James Hayes.

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