TCM Classic Film Festival Hollywood 2012 And Dorothy Chandler And Judy Garland’s Mansion Go On Sale This Week In Hollywoodland, Highlight Hollywood Exclusive News

This week in Hollywoodland, it was all about preparations for, and then the arrival of the King of Hollywood, Mr. Robert Osborne, who hosted this year’s TCM Classic Film Festival. The tourists came from as far away as Australia and Eastern Europe, and everyone seemed to enjoy each feature, each evening’s wrap up, while being prepared to come early the next day. From Debbie Reynolds, to Kirk Douglas, Hollywood was abuzz with classic and classy Hollywood.  And guess what? “Wizard of Oz” star Judy Garland’s beautiful home is on the market, and if you don’t want a nosebleed from living up in the Hills of Bel Air, you can get Dorothy Chandler’s Hancock region estate for a song! Well, a song about millionaires at least.  Here’s this week’s news from Hollywoodland.

The festival’s welcome party was like old Hollywood.  And films that were featured included, “The Maltese Touch of Evil, Cabaret, Sullivan’s Travel’s Our Dancing Daughters, Audrey Hepburn’s famous “Sabrina,” which is my favorite over the past days they featured, The Wolf Man, Cleopatra and High Society, just to name but a few. Events were held at Club TCM at the famed Roosevelt Hotel, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Chinese Multiplexes and even The Egyptian Theatre. So many amazing stars were there, from Angie Dickinson and Debbie Reynolds to TCM’s Robert Osborne and Kirk Douglas and Robert Wagner.

The events were held over four days in the heart of historic Hollywood, U.S.A.  TCM Classic film festival was the place to be all weekend, and the events conclude today, but fans will definitely never forget them.  Kim Novak and Stanley Donen received well-deserved tributes, but also in attendance were Shirley Jones, Mel Brooks Robert Evans, Norman Jewison and Liza Minnelli.  The special official handprint ceremony at Grauman’s was a celebration on Saturday morning, but handsome George Chikiras was the one fans wanted to see mostly, it seemed. Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of his Academy Award winning role in “West Side Story,” it was sad that Natalie Wood could not be there as well.

And this morning, it’ll be nonstop films such as: “To Catch A Thief,” “Rosemary’s Baby,” with Robert Evans in attendance, and shall you not miss Miss Debbie Reynolds in discussion before and after the viewing of “How The West Was Won.”

And didn’t our friend Bob Osborne look superb? His rest and long vacation from TCM had many ladies crying through months of films on the network, but he looked dapper in the most gorgeous blue suit on Thursday night, my favorite color in a suit!

Well, don’t miss the festivities today, before it’s all over and Bob Osborne is packed up and back in Manhattan.  Thanks for the visit, Mr. Osborne.

The longtime Windsor Square residence of Los Angeles Times publisher Norman Chandler and his philanthropist wife Dorothy Buffum Chandler is being put up for sale for $11.25 million.

The 9,329-square-foot Beaux Arts estate, located at 455 S. Lorraine Blvd. in Los Angeles, is owned by Joseph Handleman and Courtney Callahan, who are in a legal dispute with a prior owner they say misled them about the state of disrepair the property was in when they acquired it in 2006 for $8.75 million.

Since then, the couple has embarked on a restoration of the mansion, which was sold in 1997 following the death of Dorothy Chandler. The property, known as “Los Tiempos” (Spanish for The Times) was used by Chandler for the fundraising endeavors that led to the construction of the downtown arts and music center that bears her name.  “It really just feels like old L.A. money,” says Joe Babajian of Rodeo Realty, who has the listing.

Windsor Square is a small, historic neighborhood of about 1,100 residences just east of Hancock Park in the Mid-Wilshire area. The eight-bedroom residence, built in 1913, sits on a 0.83-acre lot and includes a swimming pool.

And if that’s not in your budget, maybe Bel Air is? Probably not, but this home is a steal in our neighborhood, nothing goes for this price in Bel Air anymore. Not even close.

Judy’s  traditional brick Bel-Air home once owned by the late Judy Garland is being sold by philanthropist Stephanie Booth Murray, the great-great granddaughter of General Harrison Gray Otis, the first editor of the L.A. Times and founder of the Times Mirror Co. in 1884. The five-bedroom house is listed for $7.1 million; Murray acquired it in February 2011 for $5.2 million.

The property is being sold by philanthropist Stephanie Booth Murray, who acquired it Feb. 24, 2011, and has embarked on a thorough renovation of the five-bedroom residence. She is the great-great granddaughter of General Harrison Gray Otis, the first editor of the Los Angeles Times and founder of the Times Mirror Co. in 1884.

Famed Southern California architect Wallace Neff designed the Stone Canyon Road residence for Garland in 1938 — the same year the actress was cast as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. The property will be listed this week, said agent Hugh Evans of brokerage Partners Trust, who represents Murray and will have the listing.

Evans represented the undisclosed seller when Murray acquired the 5,513-square-foot residence last year and said that at the time, the property’s Hollywood history piqued the interest of several prospective buyers. Garland moved into the five-bedroom house in 1939 and lived at the property for nearly a decade with her mother. Later, it was rented to both Quincy Jones and the late Marvin Gaye.

“It surprised me last time — how much that [history] meant to people who were looking at the house,” Evans said. “Everybody likes a house with some sort of pedigree.”
The Stone Canyon house also has architectural pedigree: Neff designed notable Los Angeles residences such as Pickfair, the house of Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, and properties for Groucho Marx, Cary Grant and others.
Features of the 2.5-acre property include a swimming pool, cabanas and writers’ cabin in the backyard. Evans said that during Murray’s ownership tenure, the property’s landscaping has been redone, in addition to upgrades to the residence’s mechanical systems.

Evans said that Murray bought the property to live at it during the renovation of her other Los Angeles-area residence. A number of notable L.A.-area listings have hit the market in recent weeks. They include the Bel-Air house of former UCLA football coach Rick Neuheisel (listed for $4.995 million), a Bel-Air residence previously owned by Merv Griffin ($6.995 million), and the Hidden Hills estate of Miramax Films co-owner Ron Tutor ($9.995 million).

Tutor’s Hidden Hills estate had recently been home to Britney Spears, who until roughly two months ago was renting the 3.4-acre property. Tutor is also CEO of construction firm Tutor Perini Corp.

The construction magnate’s primary residence is in tony Beverly Park, and “there’s no real point that he hold onto” the seven-bedroom Hidden Hills estate on Ashley Ridge Road any longer, said daughter Tracy Maltas, a Partners Trust agent who has the listing. Tutor listed the roughly 19,000-square-foot residence — which includes a tennis court, lake and swimming pool — in January 2010 for nearly $19 million, but the recession made it a tough sell, Maltas said.

Don’t miss tonight’s episodes of AMC’s “The Killing,” HBO’s “Game Of Thrones” and Showtime’s “The Borgias.” Highlight Hollywood will review these shows late Sunday night, don’t miss it!

Well, it seems like we’ve had a touch of old Hollywood this week in town, and hopefully next week will be just as exciting. Probably not, but you can look forward to discussing May’s big movie releases next week.

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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