'Apprentice' winner Leeza Gibbons sells estate once owned by early film star Al Jolson

Lauren Beale
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Television talk-show host Leeza Gibbons, who won presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” earlier this year, has sold the Al Jolson estate in Encino for $5.77 million.

She and the late singer-actor-songwriter Jolson are not the only former owners to come from the entertainment industry. Actors Charlie Sheen and Katey Sagal also make the list.

The Traditional style house, built in 1935, sits on two acres of walled and gated grounds with a detached guesthouse, multiple patios, manicured lawns and a resort-style swimming pool. The 8,522-square-foot main house has been restored to blend old Hollywood charm with modern amenities.

A formal entry, a living room with a fireplace, a family room with a bar and an updated kitchen with a butler’s pantry and breakfast area are on the first level. The upstairs master suite features a sitting room, dual closets and dual bathrooms for a total of seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms.

There’s also a screening room with a bar, a gym, a wine cellar and an office.

Gibbons, 58, won a Daytime Emmy for hosting “My Generation.” She was the executive producer of the daytime show “America Now” in 2013 and 2014 and was co-host from 2011. She raised $714,000 for her charity, Leeza's Care Connection, while on “The Apprentice.”

Jolson, who died in 1950 in his 60s, was known for his brash style and sentimental songs. Among the early screen star’s films were “The Jazz Singer” (1927) and “Swanee River” (1939).

The property previously sold four years ago for $5.2 million.

Jade Mills of Coldwell Banker was the listing agent. Jory Burton of Sotheby’s International Realty represented the buyer.

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