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March 29, 2014 | By David Colker
Former Los Angeles Times reporter Ruth Ryon, who created the highly popular and enduring Hot Property column on celebrity real estate, died Friday at a hospice facility in Redondo Beach. She was 69. The cause was complications of Parkinson's disease, said her husband, George Ryon. For Angelenos, some of whom visit homes for sale even if they're not looking to buy, Ryon's column quickly became a guilty-pleasure must-read. The first column, which appeared Nov. 25, 1984, led with Johnny Carson buying a house in Malibu for $9.5 million, at the time the most ever paid in that area for a single-family home.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2014 | By David Colker
Former Los Angeles Times reporter Ruth Ryon, who created the highly popular and enduring Hot Property column on celebrity real estate, died Friday at a hospice facility in Redondo Beach. She was 69. The cause was complications of Parkinson's disease, said her husband, George Ryon. For Angelenos, some of whom visit homes for sale even if they're not looking to buy, Ryon's column quickly became a guilty-pleasure must-read. The first column, which appeared Nov. 25, 1984, led with Johnny Carson buying a house in Malibu for $9.5 million, at the time the most ever paid in that area for a single-family home.
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REAL ESTATE
November 14, 2004
I enjoyed seeing my old house in the Pacific Palisades in Home of the Week ["Drama Within and Without" by Ruth Ryon, Oct. 24]. We gave many great parties in that fabulous place. One especially large Christmas party was covered by The Times, photo and all, in 1971. We had tented the entire patio in the photo that ran with the article. Elsa Lanchester, former owner and actress, visited me to be sure her bowling green and rose garden were still there. They were. The Brits love their lawn bowling and roses.
REAL ESTATE
September 21, 1997
Hot Property columnist Ruth Ryon is on vacation. Her column will resume next week.
REAL ESTATE
February 10, 2002
Thanks for Ruth Ryon's delightful tour of Phyllis Diller's Brentwood house ("It's Still Her Dream House," Feb.3). Diller is a really neat lady, and Los Angeles is all the richer that she is a resident. DOLORES LONG Van Nuys
REAL ESTATE
February 22, 1987
What a marvelous job Ruth Ryon did in her article on Dorothy Maltz and her bus tour (Jan. 25). The article captured her spirit, vision, determination and devotion to her family. She kept every birthday card we gave her. This one would have been her favorite! MITZI and PERRY MALTZ Beverly Hills
REAL ESTATE
August 4, 1985
Re July 14 story on Los Angeles Theatre Center by Ruth Ryon: We've heard from New York, London, Sebastapol and West Covina--Fresno won't be able to ignore us anymore, thanks to you. Everyone reads the Los Angeles Times Real Estate section. CONSTANCE HARVEY Harvey is press representative of Los Angeles Theatre Center.
REAL ESTATE
February 10, 2002
Thanks for Ruth Ryon's delightful tour of Phyllis Diller's Brentwood house ("It's Still Her Dream House," Feb.3). Diller is a really neat lady, and Los Angeles is all the richer that she is a resident. DOLORES LONG Van Nuys
REAL ESTATE
April 29, 2001
Regarding "Mid-Century Bloomer" (Home of the Week by Ruth Ryon, April 15): I am quite sad to hear of the passing of Albert and Jeanne Collins. I was unaware that they owned that beautiful home. You see, to me, that's what it will always be ... a home, full of love, understanding and hope. Since the late '80s, I have been flying over Los Angeles every day for a local radio station (KFWB [980]), and when I'm not trying to help you drive yourself out of trouble, I can't help but looking at the houses of L.A. From the mansions of Beverly Gate to the small bungalows of South-Central, I have always wondered and hoped that they were indeed ... homes.
REAL ESTATE
September 21, 1997
Hot Property columnist Ruth Ryon is on vacation. Her column will resume next week.
REAL ESTATE
July 20, 1986
Let me congratulate Ruth Ryon on her marvelous story on movie theaters (June 29). Not only did she capture the flavor of the motion picture industry, but the writing was most informative. ROBERT L. FRIEDMAN Los Angeles Friedman is president of AMC Entertainment-International Inc.
REAL ESTATE
December 8, 1985
As a member of the real estate profession, I would like to thank Ruth Ryon and The Times for the Nov. 3-17 series of incisive and informative articles dealing with one of the major issues facing society today--toxic waste. This series will, hopefully, bring this latent issue to the forefront and foster further discussion and solutions. Thank you again for providing this public service. JEFFREY S. RUPP Pasadena
REAL ESTATE
October 20, 1991
As a real estate investor, I read the Real Estate section from front to back because it has some very useful information. However, your front page "Hot Property" column by Ruth Ryon is useless and takes up space that could be used for much more relevant information. Another objection that I have to this column is that it glorifies a segment of our society that I find totally useless: the grossly overpaid "celebrity" who really has done little to improve our lives, and we are just as well off without him or her. For the type of work they perform, these people's salaries are completely out of line; to be rewarded for doing basically nothing with the means to purchase million-dollar houses with bowling alleys and shooting galleries on tens of acres, is totally unacceptable.
REAL ESTATE
July 31, 1988
The mention of Prof. Arthur Upham Pope, an expert on Persian art, in the Fairmont Hotel story by Ruth Ryon (July 10), ushered in memories of my encounter with him during wartime New York City. He was then director of an Iranian institute, and offered me a position to teach advanced Armenian courses. I declined on the grounds that I lacked the scholarship for the thoroughness it would entail. Pope was a precursor in utilizing his position to create a climate for communication among the cultures in the Near East.
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