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Now She's Mad About Montecito

October 17, 1999|RUTH RYON

Actress Carol Burnett has completed an extensive remodel of a Santa Barbara house she bought earlier this year for about $2 million.

Burnett, 66, is in New York getting ready for the Oct. 30 previews and Nov. 21 opening of her Broadway show, the Stephen Sondheim musical revue "Putting It Together."

"The house was gorgeous, but she had the whole place redone, and now it is magnificent," a source said. The house is in the Montecito area of Santa Barbara.

Burnett has a penthouse on Wilshire Boulevard, which she has owned since 1997. The Emmy-winning actress, who appeared as Helen Hunt's mother on the NBC sitcom "Mad About You" (1996-99), plans to stay there when she is in town but "is making Montecito her primary home," the source added.

Burnett had a friend, interior designer Anita Ludovici De Domenico, redo the house, which was built in 1977 but was recently refurbished. De Domenico designed the interiors of Burnett's former home in Santa Fe, N.M. "Now the Montecito home looks like her Santa Fe house but with an ocean view," the source said.

A wall that separated the dining and living rooms of the Montecito home was razed, a bath was built onto the master suite and the kitchen was reconfigured. The Mediterranean-style house has three bedrooms in about 5,000 square feet.

The actress was represented in her purchase by Sue Kogen and Maureen Steinberg of Re/Max Centre, Encino, and Barbara Koutnik of Coldwell Banker, Montecito. Kogen is married to Arnie Kogen, a writer for Burnett's TV variety show, which aired from 1967 to 1979, and she is the mother of Jay Kogen, who just won an Emmy for comedy writing for his work on "Frasier."


Oscar-winning director George Sidney and his wife, former actress Corinne Entratter Sidney, have sold their Beverly Hills home for $2.5 million.

Their home had been the residence of actor Edward G. Robinson, who starred in 101 movies, including "Little Caesar" (1930).

Robinson, who bought the Georgian-style house soon after it was built in 1935, lived there until he died in 1973. His widow married George Sidney in 1975. After she died, Sidney married Corinne Entratter, who was once married to Jack Entratter, the late president and entertainment director of the Sands in Las Vegas.

Sidney, who just turned 85, was president of the Directors Guild for 16 years and received the Guild's first President's Award in 1998. He directed such movies as "Anchors Aweigh" (1945), "Annie Get Your Gun" (1950), "Show Boat" (1951), "Kiss Me Kate" (1953), "Bye Bye Birdie" (1963) and "Viva Las Vegas" (1964).

Corinne Entratter Sidney was a Playboy centerfold in May 1958. The Sidneys moved in 1998 to Las Vegas, where they live with her son, Ben Heffron.

The Beverly Hills house is about 12,000 square feet and has a 3,000-square-foot gallery, where Robinson housed much of his renowned art collection. The house also has a wine cellar, greenhouse, guest house, motor court and four master suites.

Joe Babajian of Fred Sands Estates, Beverly Hills, had the listing.


Dan McDermott, co-head of the television division at DreamWorks SKG, has purchased a country English-style home in the Beverly Hills area for close to its $1.65 million asking price. McDermott, 35, works closely with Jeffrey Katzenberg at DreamWorks.

Built about 1930, the gated home that McDermott purchased has four bedrooms, a den and a library in about 4,000 square feet. The house also has mountain and city views.

The sellers were Spellbound Pictures co-founders Mark McClafferty, former president of Eddie Murphy Television, and his wife, Pamela Edwards McClafferty. The couple produced the movie "The Climb" (1999), starring John Hurt.

McDermott sold his former home in Westwood for about its $1.2 million list price.

Ernest Carswell of Coldwell Banker, Beverly Hills, represented McDermott in buying and selling; Marilyn Watson of Celebrity Properties, Beverly Hills, had the listing on the house he purchased.


Michael Burlingham, grandson of Tiffany glass creator Louis Comfort Tiffany, and his wife, Suzanne Bourg, have listed their Sierra Madre home at $1.6 million.

Burlingham is a West Coast industrialist. His mother, Dorothy Tiffany Burlingham, was a pioneer in child psychotherapy with her friend Anna Freud, Sigmund Freud's daughter.

Bourg is owner and executive chef of the Raymond Restaurant in Pasadena.

The couple plans to spend more time at their 400-year-old cottage on the North Sea in England.

"They have a wonderful chef and manager [to oversee the restaurant when they're out of the country], and they have a pied-a-terre where they will stay when they aren't in England," said Dominic de Fazio, who shares the listing with his wife, Hem-Young de Fazio, at Podley Caughey & Doan Realtors.

The Sierra Madre house, on 1.25 acres bordering the Bailey Canyon wildlife refuge, has a master bedroom with sitting room and fireplace; a guest apartment; a third bedroom with separate entrance, four garages and a courtyard.

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