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Sold: Ginger Rogers' former home in Hollywood Hills

The 1927 Spanish-style house, which has five bedrooms, has sweeping views.

May 10, 2011|By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
  • Large picture windows in a home formerly owned by Ginger Rogers and Lew Ayres take in the city lights.
Large picture windows in a home formerly owned by Ginger Rogers and Lew Ayres… (Everett Fenton Gidley )

Update: A Hollywood Hills home once owned by actress-singer-dancer Ginger Rogers and her actor husband, Lew Ayres, has sold for $1,905,000.

Set behind a wrought-iron entry and walls, the 1927 Spanish-style house has a vintage kitchen, a second-floor studio, five bedrooms and 31/2 bathrooms in 4,800 square feet of living space. The grounds include tea house-style enclosed patio and entertainment area with a barbecue spit, a fireplace and a koi pond. There are 270-degree views encompassing downtown L.A., the Getty Center, Santa Monica and the ocean.

Rogers gained fame for her performance in "Gold Diggers of 1933" (1933), popularizing the song "We're in the Money." She was often paired with dance partner Fred Astaire in films such as "Top Hat" (1935) and "Shall We Dance" (1937). Rogers won a lead actress Oscar for "Kitty Foyle: The Natural History of a Woman" (1940). She died in 1995 at age 83.

Ayres, with scores of film and television credits, starred in "Young Dr. Kildare" (1938). He reprised the role in more than a half-dozen movies. The actor died in 1996 at 88.

The Movieland Directory places Rogers in the home in the 1940s.

The Laurel Canyon property came on the market in June at $2,395,000.

James Nasser of Westside Estate Agency, Beverly Hills, was the listing agent. Peter Lorimer of Peter Lorimer Group Estates, Beverly Hills, represented the buyer.

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