Onetime home of silent film star ZaSu Pitts lists for sale in Cheviot Hills

A Cheviot Hills home built for silent film actress ZaSu Pitts has come to market for $4.385 million.

Built in 1938, the French Normandy home is in the whimsical storybook style popularized during that time period. Later restored by architect and contractor Robert Glaus, the vine-wrapped two-story has decorative timbering, picture windows with square and diamond grilles and a round tower topped with a cone-shaped roof.

Inside, formal living and dining rooms, a family room, a wood-paneled office and a custom wine cellar are included in more than 3,200 square feet of interiors. French doors off the updated kitchen open to a brick-lined patio with a fountain feature.

The master suite has vaulted ceilings and a pair of walk-in closets for a total of four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. There’s also a guest suite on the lower level.

Outdoors, terraced gardens and landscaping surround the home. Views take in the surrounding treetops and the greens of the Rancho Park Golf Course.

The house last changed hands in 2001 for $860,000, records show.

Tanya Stawski of Sotheby’s International Realty holds the listing.

Pitts, who died in 1963 at 69, got her start as a child actress, appearing in the silent film “The Little Princess (1917) starring Mary Pickford. She later gained fame playing comedic parts on the silver screen before landing leading roles in King Vidor's “Better Times” (1919) and Erich von Stroheim’s 1924 epic, “Greed.”

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