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September 19, 1991 | MATHIS CHAZANOV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Merv Griffin's first big hit was the 1949 novelty number, "I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Cocoanuts." Now he's got a lovely bunch of pine trees on his estate in Beverly Hills, and it will be up to the City Council to decide if he can chop them down. Griffin, who bought the three-acre spread for $5 million in 1986, has put it up for sale (asking price: $15.5 million). An elaborate brochure boasts that it includes the only pine forest in town.
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NEWS
October 9, 1988
Oprah, Sally, Phil and Geraldo! I'm so tired of their titillating, depressing shows. Bring back Mike Douglas and Merv Griffin. Elaine Kenkel, Reseda
NEWS
September 15, 1985
I love Merv Griffin and Johnny Carson but putting one against the other in order to show reruns of "Dynasty" is just another dumb decision made by the programmers at Channel 11. Ruth Hanna, Los Angeles
BUSINESS
June 4, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sony Pictures Renews Merv Griffin Agreement: The new long-term agreement was made through Griffin Group. Griffin is chairman of Merv Griffin Enterprises, a Sony Pictures subsidiary that produces "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy." Griffin will continue to serve as executive producer of the game shows and will also serve as a consultant to Sony Pictures in television and other areas.
REAL ESTATE
November 1, 1987
What a juxtaposition! Two articles on the front page of the Oct. 25 real estate section--one on a new facility for the Los Angeles Mission (New Haven for Homeless to Be Oasis on Skid Row); the other on Merv Griffin's new house (Merv Griffin Creating Mountaintop Estate). According to the articles, the Mission structure is expected to cost $11.5 million, while Griffin says his cost is "starting to add up like mad, and we're talking about millions upon millions." For the homeless, the Mission building will offer beds, food, showers, exercise facilities, and other services.
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