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'Xena' Star Relocates to Studio City

Hot Property

November 26, 1998|RUTH RYON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Lucy Lawless, star of the syndicated "Xena: Warrior Princess," and her husband, Rob Tapert, the show's executive producer, have purchased a Studio City home for $1.5 million.

Lawless, 30, and Tapert, 43, were married in March. They also have a home in her native New Zealand, where her series is filmed. Lawless previously appeared on "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys," which Taper also produces.

Their new home, built in 1951, has two master suites, maid's quarters, a two-story guest house, a gym and an office. It had been owned since the '70s by singing teacher-to-the-stars David Craig and his wife, Nancy Walker, best known as Rhoda's mother on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Rhoda." Craig died in August; Walker, in 1992. They are survived by their daughter, writer-producer Miranda Craig.

Rick Chimienti of DBL Estates, Beverly Hills, had the listing; Helen Walker of Fred Sands Estates, Studio City, represented the buyers.

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Orson Bean, who played the storekeeper in "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," and his wife, actress Alley Mills, have added a fourth house to their Venice compound. Mills played the mother on "The Wonder Years."

The four houses, all built in the '20s, are about 2,400 square feet in size.

"I bought the first one 20 years ago for $113,000; the others went for about $400,000. Most people would rip them down. We restore them," he said.

Bean, 70, was a Broadway actor before moving to Venice in 1984. He and Mills, 47, were married 5 1/2 years ago, after he had bought the second house. The couple built a glass walkway between the houses before Mills bought the third house for guests and the fourth house as a buffer against development.

Bean co-stars with Cameron Diaz and John Cusack in the upcoming movie "Being John Malkovich," and he plays Scrooge in his adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," produced by Mills, at the Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice, from Friday through Jan. 3.

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Kim Cattrall, co-star of the HBO comedy series "Sex and the City," has listed her Brentwood house at $849,000. She moved to New York, where the series is filmed, and she bought an apartment in the city and a house in the Hamptons, where she was married in September.

The actress, 42, played Mr. Spock's protege in "Star Trek VI" (1991) and Andrew McCarthy's love interest in "Mannequin" (1987).

She has owned her Brentwood home for 11 years. Built in 1940 and recently remodeled, it has two bedrooms, a guest room, a fireplace and a pool. Valerie Fitzgerald of Coldwell Banker-Jon Douglas Co., Beverly Hills, has the listing.

\o7 Hot Property is published Thursdays in SoCal Living and Sundays in Real Estate.\f7

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