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December 1, 1993 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Menendez family estate, once valued at up to $14 million, is virtually depleted, it was disclosed Tuesday at Lyle and Erik Menendez's murder trial. Shrunken by taxes, legal fees and other costs, Jose and Kitty Menendez's estate is worth no more than $800,000--and has debts at least that high, defense lawyer Leslie Abramson said in court. Probate records are sealed and the defense had kept financial figures secret throughout the trial.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
In a statement released Monday, the estate of David Foster Wallace came out against the movie "The End of the Tour," currently in production. The film stars Jason Segel as Wallace on a road trip with reporter David Lipsky, played by Jesse Eisenberg. Lipsky traveled with Wallace for Rolling Stone in 1996, when "Infinite Jest" came out, but his article was never published. After Wallace's 2008 suicide, Lipsky's transcripts were published as a book "Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1994 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Menendez family dream house, a Calabasas mansion featuring a tennis court, swimming pool and mountain views, was auctioned off Thursday in Probate Court for $1.325 million. Raymond and Vera Stewart, a Woodland Hills couple, bought the house at the proceedings in Beverly Hills Superior Court, submitting the only bid and paying the entire amount by check. The auction marked the sale of the last asset in the Menendez family estate, once valued at $16 million and now down to about $500,000.
BUSINESS
April 18, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Robin Williams, who stars in the series “The Crazy Ones,” has hoisted his Napa Valley estate onto the market at $29.9 million. The 640-acre property, built for the comedian more than a decade ago, is called Villa Sorriso for “villa of smiles” and sits in the Mayacamas Mountains between Napa and Sonoma valleys. The limestone main residence of close to 20,000 square feet features a two-story entry with a rotunda and a bell tower,  a billiards room, an oak-paneled library, a 12-seat home theater, a family room, an elevator, safe rooms and five bedrooms.
NEWS
November 7, 1989 | from Associated Press
Actress Bette Davis left her daughters and grandsons out of her nearly $1- million estate, according to a will filed for probate Monday. The bulk of the estate is split between her son and a close friend. Davis, who died on Oct. 6 of cancer at age 81, had been estranged from her daughter, Barbara Davis Hyman of Charlottesville, Va., since Hyman's book, "My Mother's Keeper," was published in 1985.
NEWS
September 17, 1990 | KATHERINE STEPHEN, Stephen is a Washington, D.C., free-lance writer.
In the parlor below the deck of her houseboat docked on the Potomac, a youngish woman--blond and dressed in white--recounts the dream and nightmare of her search for her long-hidden legend-filled past. Among the framed old photographs decorating the wood-paneled room, there is only one that really matters to Jett Williams: a black-and-white picture of a handsome young man in a cowboy hat with a dreamy expression on his face. It is no ordinary face, no ordinary family photograph.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 1995 | CHUCK PHILIPS and FRANK B. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Even before AIDS-stricken rap star Eric (Eazy-E) Wright was laid to rest earlier this month, Wright's former lovers and business associates were haggling in Los Angeles Superior Court for control over his dwindling fortune. "It's sad and it's shocking," said the rapper's 26-year-old widow, Tomica Woods Wright, who has a year-old child by Wright and is pregnant with another, due in September. "A lot of people who claim to know (Wright) really didn't.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 1991 | BERKLEY HUDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man who says that he is the adopted son of the late Rev. James Cleveland wants to lay claim to a share of the fortune left behind when the Grammy-winning singer known as the "King of Gospel" died in February. Andre M. Cleveland of Northridge, a rhythm and blues record producer, asserted at a news conference Tuesday that he is entitled to half of the Cleveland estate, estimated at $6 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 1993 | MONICA YANT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fans who can't get enough of the late Bruce Lee--who died 20 years ago Tuesday--will soon be able to buy their own piece of the legendary kung fu star's life when more than 150 items from his estate are put on the auction block in August.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 2000
Why tax estates at all? The recipients of estates should be taxed, as they are getting money that they never earned. Earnings, bonuses, lottery and gambling winnings are taxed, so why should a legacy be exempt from taxation? JOSEPH GRODSKY Los Angeles
BUSINESS
April 15, 2014 | By Andrew Khouri
Most Californians can't afford their rent. The state's affordability crisis has worsened since the recession, as soaring home prices and rents outpace job and income growth. Meanwhile, government funds to combat the problem have evaporated. Local redevelopment agencies once generated roughly $1 billion annually for below-market housing across California, but the roughly 400 agencies closed in 2012 to ease a state budget crisis. In addition, almost $5 billion from state below-market housing bonds, approved by voters last decade, is nearly gone.
BUSINESS
April 15, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Kevin Sorbo, known for his portrayal of Hercules and other muscular heroes, and his wife, actress Sam Jenkins, have listed their estate in Westlake Village at $4.5 million. The remodeled Mediterranean villa sits behind gates on 1.5 acres with a detached gym/pool house, a swimming pool set up for water volleyball, a spa, a covered entertainment area, an outdoor fireplace and a putting green. There's an expansive flat lawn suitable for javelin and discus throwing. Features of the elegant 7,556-square-foot home include a home theater with two tiers of seating, a game room, a den, two offices, five bedrooms and eight bathrooms.
FOOD
April 12, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
The second vintage from Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's wine estate in southeast France is a spectacular rosé from an unspectacular year. Made by the Perrin family of the renowned Châteauneuf-du-Pape estate Château de Beaucastel, the 2013 Château Miraval rosé is elegant and fresh, with a scent of wild strawberries. I could drink this very serious rosé all summer long. Quantities are limited, though, and this one may be gone even before summer gets here. Have it with radishes and butter, with toasts spread with tapenade, crudités, grilled salmon or a simple roast chicken.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
A Greenwich, Conn., estate called Copper Beech Farm has sold for $120 million, making it the most expensive recorded home sale in the U.S. Priced as high as $190 million, the 50.5-acre estate centers on an 1890s French Renaissance-style home of 13,519 square feet that sits on 4,000 feet of waterfront. The price surpasses private-equity chief Tully Friedman's $117.5-million sale last year of a nearly 9,000-square-foot home in Woodside, Calif. Named for copper beech trees on the site, the estate in Greenwich was sold by timber tycoon John Rudey.
HOME & GARDEN
April 11, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
Architect Stiles O. Clements had a knack for designing lavish buildings - the Spanish Colonial Revival El Capitan Theater, the Adamson House and the Art Deco Wiltern Theatre among them. Beginning Sunday, architecture buffs can go inside one of Clements' more low-key residential designs as the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts stages its latest design house in Pasadena. As always, design trends are on display. Twenty-five designers have transformed the 1915 English Arts and Crafts estate while retaining the home's warm spirit.
BUSINESS
April 5, 2014 | Tim Logan
The real estate market has long worked on a simple system: If you want to buy a new house, sell the old one and use the equity for a down payment. But the last few years of low ownership costs and rising rents have some move-up buyers trying a new approach: Buy the new house. Keep the old one. And rent it out. Real estate firm Redfin recently asked 1,900 prospective home buyers nationwide what they planned to do with their old house when they bought a new one. As you'd expect, the majority said they would sell.
NEWS
December 30, 1995 | From Times Wire Services
Doris Duke's adopted daughter has ended her fight to gain control of the late billionaire's fortune in exchange for a $65-million settlement from the estate. In a settlement signed Thursday by Manhattan Surrogate Court Judge Renee Roth, Chandi Duke Heffner, 42, dropped claims to the $1.2-billion estate and dropped a breach-of-contract suit contending that Duke reneged on a promise to support her for life, said Heffner's lawyer, David Keyko. Keyko said that $800,000 was paid to Heffner on Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2009 | Harriet Ryan
In one corner are Michael Jackson's parents. In the opposite stand a prominent entertainment attorney and a respected music executive. Whether the sides will fight for control of the pop star's lucrative estate or come to an agreement seems likely to be decided in the next four days.
BUSINESS
April 4, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Sasha Vujacic, the former Lakers guard, has sold an ocean-view house in Palos Verdes Estates for $2.6 million. Called La Casa Moderna, the Midcentury Modern-style, glass-and-wood house was built in 1966. Floor-to-ceiling windows bring in views of the coastline, the ocean and Santa Catalina Island. The open-plan main floor of the 3,455-square-foot house combines the living room, den, dining room and  kitchen and opens to a balcony. Appointments include crystal light fixtures, remote-controlled window coverings and Venetian-style plaster.
BUSINESS
April 2, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
From some classic Adirondack chairs in front of his colorful new office complex near Marina del Rey, commercial landlord Ned Fox can sit back and watch his property value go up. The developer who made his bones building skyscrapers in downtown Los Angeles during the late 1980s and early 1990s today finds himself with a close-up view of the rapidly evolving planned community of Playa Vista and the young tech and entertainment workers transforming the...
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