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She'll be waking up in Malibu now

March 23, 2003|Ruth Ryon | Times Staff Writer

Charlize Theron, who stars as a Florida serial killer in the upcoming independent film "Monster" and then will star opposite Geoffrey Rush in an HBO Films project about the late actor Peter Sellers, has purchased a beachfront Malibu home.

The actress paid close to $3.4 million, according to a real estate mailer and area residents.

Theron purchased a three-bedroom, more than 2,000-square-foot home, which was built in 1930 but recently remodeled. The house, with 40 feet of beachfront, also has a large deck.

The model-turned-actress, 27, was born and raised in South Africa. She appeared in "The Cider House Rules" (1999) and co-starred with Ben Affleck in "Reindeer Games" (2000). The same year she starred with Matt Damon and Will Smith in Robert Redford's "The Legend of Bagger Vance."

In 2002, she co-starred with Billy Bob Thornton in the comedy "Waking Up in Reno" and co-starred with Kevin Bacon in the drama "Trapped."

"Monster" is due out in November. The HBO film, in which she plays one of Peter Sellers' wives, Swedish actress and former James Bond girl Britt Ekland, is expected to be filmed in London soon.

Country-English is no longer her style

Rachel Hunter, the New Zealand-born model-actress who posed for the "Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2003 DVD" and is a pundit on the ABC-TV talent show "Are You Hot? The Search for America's Sexiest People," has sold her Beverly Hills-area home on 1.2 acres of park-like grounds for slightly less than its $2.95-million asking price.

Hunter, 33, had owned the house since she separated from rock star Rod Stewart in 1999 after eight years of marriage. The Country English-style home was formerly owned by actor Shadoe Stevens and leased by Roseanne.

The house, reached by way of a long driveway behind gates, has four bedroom suites and a maid's quarters in 4,500 square feet. Built in the '50s and later renovated, the house opens onto a pool and a tennis court.

Hunter reportedly moved into a nearby $2.4-million home with seven bedrooms, a gym, a spa and a sports court.

Anthony Marguleas of A.M. Realty represented the buyer, a businesswoman. Asher Dann and Tatiana Moleva-Rouchon of Coldwell Banker, Beverly Hills, had the listing, sources said.

Tinker's Bel-Air homestead for sale

TV icon Grant Tinker's Bel-Air home of 14 years has come on the market at $9.9 million. The industry legend plans to stay in the L.A. area.

Built in 1980 on 1.5 acres bordering the Bel-Air Country Club, the Mediterranean-style home has five bedrooms and nine bathrooms in 7,800 square feet. A gated driveway leads to motor-court parking and the house, which has a two-story entry with a skylight and stone floors.

The master suite has a fireplace, large walk-in closets and his and hers bathrooms. There is a separate guest studio. The home also has a large pool and a north/south tennis court.

Tinker's career in TV spans more than 30 years, during which time he had a number of positions in network programming and production. During the '70s and '80s, he was president and co-founder with his then-wife, actress Mary Tyler Moore, of MTM Enterprises, which first produced "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and later other shows such as "Lou Grant" and "St. Elsewhere."

Tinker has been described on many occasions as "the man who saved NBC" when he was the network's chairman and chief executive officer from 1981 to 1986. Throughout his career he was associated with quality programming. During the '80s, he became an independent producer.

Brooke Knapp and Drew Mandile of Sotheby's International Realty, Beverly Hills, have the listing.

Leaving London for the Strip

British actor Rufus Sewell, who played the villain in such movies as "Bless the Child" (2000) and "Knight's Tale" (2001), and his wife, Amy, have leased the former Sunset Strip home of the late actor Rock Hudson for $4,800 a month, including furnishings.

The Sewells and their son, Billy, plan to live in the home for at least six months. Built in 1949, the 1,330-square-foot house has two bedrooms, one bathroom, a large office and a fireplace. On a gated knoll with canyon views, the one-story home also has a Zen garden.

The couple put their two-story, loft-style home in north London on the market in December for about $1.4 million, according to the London Sunday Times. At the time they were looking for a more child-friendly home. The actor had purchased the house six years ago, and he added a roof garden, home cinema and designer kitchen.

Sewell, 35, also played Ian, the TV commercial director, in the Austrian Alps thriller "Extreme Ops" (2002), and he portrayed Will Ladislaw in the BBC adaptation of "Middlemarch" (1994).

Among his many movies were "Dangerous Beauty" (1997) and Kenneth Branagh's "Hamlet" (1996), in which Sewell played Fortinbras. He made his U.S. stage debut in the 1995 Broadway production of "Translations" and has acted many times on the British stage.

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