Wednesday, October 10, 2012


This Encino house was built in 1935 for World's Greatest Entertainer/Jazz Singer star Al Jolson and 42nd Street/Gold Diggers of 1933 star Ruby Keeler, after their divorce in 1940 Jolson sold it briefly and then moved into it in 1945 again with his fourth and final wife. Jolson died in 1950. Since then it seems to have been owned pretty much exclusively by celebrities. Those include both Katey Sagal and Steven Seagal (separately), Kirstie Alley, Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards, and Don Ameche, according to the Movieland Directory. It just sold last December and Blockshopper has money manager Jack Benadon listed as an owner--he often provides cover for celebrities on home ownership records, so the tradition appears to be holding strong. The two-acre property includes a main house with seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a dining room, a screening room with bar (genius), a gym, a wine cellar, and a butler's pantry, plus a pool, a sports court, and a guesthouse with a full bathroom and kitchenette. It sold last year for $5.2 million and is now asking $6.5 million...


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