CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2014 |
The Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills, a classic Art Deco venue with a celebrity-studded past, has been sold to Paula Kent Meehan, the philanthropist who also is buying the Beverly Hills Courier. Built on Wilshire Boulevard in 1936 as the Regina, the compact, single-screen theater served for years as a venue for small premieres that drew Hollywood A-listers. In 1948, it was renamed the Fine Arts Theater and showed the premiere of "The Red Shoes. " Among the invited guests were Susan Hayward, Joan Crawford, Ava Gardner and Shirley Temple.
May 14, 1989 |
"Miami Vice" star DON JOHNSON has bought a home in what is known as "the Beverly Hills Post Office" area. The house was built in 1941 for, the seller says, the late actor Bert Lahr, who played the cowardly lion in "The Wizard of Oz." Johnson's new 1.3-acre property doesn't have a yellow brick road, but it does have a nine-room English Colonial house, strolling paths, trees, gardens and a tennis court--all behind gates. The house was designed by the late architect Paul Williams, according to the seller.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2010 |
The Beverly Hills school board is expected to decide Tuesday whether to end a permit program that has allowed nearly 500 students who don't live in the city to attend its top-flight public schools. But because this is 90210, the proposal is not without drama -- including accusations of elitism, snobbery and exclusion. Since the issue heated up this school year, tempers have reached a boiling point, with both sides trading insults and name-calling. Essays and even a video have turned up on websites such as the Huffington Post.
November 8, 1987 |
Grayhall, the 39-room mansion owned for years by the first mayor of Beverly Hills and later by actor George Hamilton and then international financier Bernard (Bernie) Cornfeld, is on the market--again. Sherry Green at Rodeo Realty has the $6.85-million listing. "I represented Mr. Hamilton when he sold it to Mr. Cornfeld about 16 years ago, and now I am representing Mr. Cornfeld," she said. The property is owned by Grayhall Inc., which Cornfeld heads, but developer Steven M.
November 2, 2013 |
The star power under a tented ballroom enclosing a blocklong stretch of Beverly Hills' Crescent Drive was intense. Kevin Spacey, Jodie Foster, Amy Adams, Gwen Stefani, Demi Moore and 1,000 or so other influencers came out in glittering gowns and tuxes for the Oct. 17 opening gala of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. But when the time came to toast the night's most powerful person, all eyes were on a woman few have seen in person, though her name appears on several major Los Angeles buildings.
December 4, 2010 |
The Hollywood Hills residence and studio of the late iconic photographer Julius Shulman has sold for $2.25 million. The Midcentury Modern steel-frame house, built in 1950 and designed by Raphael S. Soriano, is a Los Angeles historic landmark. The 3,382-square-foot house sits on a wooded, flag-shaped lot of nearly an acre. It has original fixtures, cork-paneled entryway and hall, wood-paneled walls and a floor-to-ceiling fireplace in the living room. Pedestal beds, china cabinets and a bench in the kitchen are among the built-ins.
March 14, 2004 |
When in the course of human events it becomes necessary to get the young people to pay attention to something, a decent respect of the laws of publicity requires that celebrities should declare the causes which should impel them -- in this case, to the voting booth. So might the Founding Fathers have declared at the recent kickoff party for Declare Yourself, a nationwide campaign to encourage young adults to participate in the 2004 elections.
October 17, 2013 |
The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts will officially open its doors Thursday evening with a black-tie gala co-hosted by Robert Redford, Brad Pitt and Jamie Tisch, as well as its namesake, who gave $25 million to build what is nicknamed “The Wallis.” On Thursday morning staffers rushed through the $70 million, 2.5-acre site at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Canon Drive, getting the two buildings -- the renovated, expanded...
HOME & GARDEN
June 5, 2010 |
"The Good Wife" star Julianna Margulies might have thought "Modern Family" husband Ed O'Neill was kidding when he bid $3,350,001 for her Santa Monica house. "It had multiple offers," said Dawn Robertson, one of O'Neill's real estate agents, "and we thought we'd go one dollar over what we thought the others were offering. We got it." The Spanish-style two-story house, built in 1927, has a living room with a fireplace, a formal dining room, a sitting area in the updated kitchen, a den with a fireplace, an office/library, three bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms.