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Actress Makes a 'Mighty' Fine Westside Purchase

October 12, 2000|RUTH RYON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Mira Sorvino, who will star as Daisy Buchanan in the A&E adaptation of "The Great Gatsby" in January, has purchased a home on the Westside for about its $2-million asking price.

The Oscar-winning actress ("Mighty Aphrodite," 1995) made her New York stage debut earlier this year in an off-Broadway production of "Naked."

Sorvino, 36, co-starred with Val Kilmer in the movie "At First Sight" (1999), played John Leguizamo's wife in Spike Lee's "Summer of Sam" (1999) and appeared opposite Lisa Kudrow in the comedy "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion" (1997).

Sorvino bought a contemporary-style home on about an acre behind gates with a pool. The 4,000-square-foot main house and 3,500-square-foot guest house were built in the '70s and have four bedrooms and eight baths each.

Maral Avakian of Hurwitz James, Beverly Hills, represented Sorvino in buying, and Bob Hurwitz of the same company had the listing, other sources said.

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Grammy-winning record producer Robert Margouleff has leased a Spanish-style Hollywood home, built in 1926, for three years at about $5,200 a month.

Margouleff's 25-year-plus career has included co-producing and co-engineering two Grammy-winning classics from Stevie Wonder ("Innervisions" and "Fulfillingness") as well as work with such recording artists as Boyz II Men and Seal ("Prayer for the Dyin').

He leased a four-bedroom, 3,200-square-foot house with a pool, hardwood floors and a living room with a fireplace.

Since 1999, Margouleff and his Mi Casa Studios have focused on work for the home theater, and his studio has been in his living room. Margouleff is insulating walls of his newly leased house for the same purpose.

Endre Barath of Fred Sands Realtors on the Strip had the listing on the lease; Yvonne Hefner of Coldwell Banker represented Margouleff.

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A Beverly Hills house built in the 1940s for film director Jean Renoir, son of impressionist painter Pierre-August Renoir, has been 'sold for just under its $1.9-million asking price.

The director, who won an honorary Oscar in 1974, lived in the home until 1979, when he died at 84. His widow, Dido Freire Renoir, continued to live there until she died in 1990.

Her estate sold the house in 1991 to a UCLA physicist and his wife. They sold the house in May 1999, to a couple from New York. The new owner is a corporate attorney.

Richard Klug of Sotheby's International Realty, Beverly Hills, had the most recent listing; Paul Glasgall of Fred Sands, Brentwood, represented the buyer.

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Hot Property runs Thursdays in SoCal Living and Sundays in Real Estate. Ryon may be reached at ruth.ryon@latimes.com.

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