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Queen Latifah signing up the house

August 24, 2003|Ruth Ryon | Times Staff Writer

Queen Latifah, who co-starred with Steve Martin in the comedy film "Bringing Down the House" and was nominated this year for an Oscar for her supporting role as the prison matron in the movie-musical "Chicago," has leased a Hollywood Hills home for about $10,000 a month for a year.

The actress-rap singer, named entertainer of the year at the Essence Awards in June, had been living primarily on the East Coast. She was born and raised in New Jersey.

The gated Hollywood Hills house has five bedrooms in nearly 4,000 square feet. The three-story villa, built in 1995, has a spiral staircase, high ceilings and a slate deck. The home also has an indoor pool, gym, media room and city views.

Queen Latifah, 33, made a name for herself in music before she became a well-known actress, although she had appeared in such TV series as "Living Single" on Fox (1993-97). She hosted a syndicated talk show (1997-2001) and won a Grammy Award in 1994 for best rap solo performance.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Thursday August 28, 2003 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 43 words Type of Material: Correction
Tennis champions -- The Hot Property column in the Aug. 24 Real Estate section incorrectly stated that Pete Sampras was the first male to win the U.S. Open, Wimbledon and Australian Open in succession. Don Budge won the consecutive tennis championships in 1938.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday August 31, 2003 Home Edition Real Estate Part K Page 12 Features Desk 1 inches; 39 words Type of Material: Correction
Tennis champions -- The Aug. 24 Hot Property column incorrectly stated that Pete Sampras was the first male to win the U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Australian Open in succession. Don Budge won the consecutive tennis championships in 1938.

Among her upcoming movies are "Barbershop 2," "Beauty Shop," a remake of the French comedy "Taxi" and a film with the working title "Bad Girls" with Jada Pinkett Smith.

She was born Dana Owens and bestowed "Queen" on herself when she started rapping. While a child, she was given the nickname "Latifah" by a cousin. The Arabic word means delicate, sensitive and kind.

Patrick Norman of DBL, Sunset, had the listing, and Sonja Gibson of the same office represented the actress.

Sampras' 'lucky' home served up

Tennis champion Pete Sampras has put the Benedict Canyon home he bought in 1998, a couple of years before he got married, on the market at $3.75 million.

He and his wife, actress Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, purchased another Beverly Hills-area home in the mid-$8-million range in January 2002, and they have been refurbishing it. They listed it at $8.9 million in March but changed their minds and took it off the market soon afterward.

The home that the tennis star just listed has four bedrooms and four bathrooms in 5,000 square feet. The house is on about 1.5 acres up a long, gated drive. Walls of French doors lead to a pool and a grassy yard. There is, of course, a tennis court.

The home, built in 1976 and later remodeled, was previously owned by saxophonist-songwriter Kenny G, who maintained a recording studio there. The Samprases have been using the studio as a family room. The country-traditional house was described as being in move-in condition.

"I say that it is a good luck house, because Pete met his wife, got married and won the U.S. Open after buying it," said listing agent Loren Judd of Westside Estate Agency, Beverly Hills.

Sampras, 32, was the first male to win the U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Australian Open in succession, but in July, as defending U.S. Open champion, he officially withdrew from this year's event, making Andre Agassi the top-seeded male player. Earlier in the year, Sampras withdrew from the French Open and Wimbledon.

Wilson-Sampras played the bride-to-be who hires Jennifer Lopez in "The Wedding Planner" (2001). This year, she taped a segment for the new season of "CSI: Miami" and appeared in the movie "Extreme Ops," released in April on video.

Couple expands Ellen's house

Jim Beaver, who stars in the upcoming HBO western series "Deadwood," and his wife, actress and casting director Cecily Adams, have purchased a Studio City home from comedian Ellen DeGeneres for $520,000. Beaver and Adams are nearly tripling its size from 1,110 to more than 3,000 square feet.

The couple also put their west Van Nuys home of 15 years on the market at $439,000. The remodeled home, with a master suite and fireplace in 2,100 square feet, is in an area known as Lake Balboa, on the northern edge of Encino, west of Van Nuys Airport. The home has an exercise area and a garden.

Beaver, in his early 50s, and Adams, in her 30s, bought the Studio City house so they could live closer to CBS-Radford Studios, where Adams has her office. Adams, who played Moogie on the series "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1997-2000) and is the daughter of "Get Smart" star Don Adams and singer Adelaide Adams, casts "That '70s Show." Beaver co-starred with Kevin Spacey and Kate Winslet in "The Life of David Gale." "Deadwood" is in production and due to debut in 2004.

DeGeneres had used the Studio City home for her mother, who moved to a condo, Beaver said. The house, in the Grove section of Studio City, was built in 1940 and was owned for many years by the late cowboy actor-singer Bob Nolan, who appeared in more than 100 films with the Sons of the Pioneers and wrote more than 1,000 gospel, country and western songs, including "Cool Water" in 1936.

Dorothy Apple of Coldwell Banker, Studio City, has the listing and represented both parties in the DeGeneres house sale.

Surgeon buys Bugsy's last scene

Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Joel Aronowitz and his wife, Fiona, have purchased the Beverly Hills home in which mobster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel was murdered in June 1947.

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