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Hockey pro Russ Courtnall passes off to pop star Britney Spears

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Pop star and singing competition judge Britney Spears has bought the Thousand Oaks home of former professional hockey player Russ Courtnall and his wife, actress Paris Vaughan.

The property came on the market in August at $8.5 million and was withdrawn from the Multiple Listing Service within a month. A withdrawal is a tactic sometimes used to hide celebrity home purchases. The sales price was not disclosed.

The Mediterranean-style house, built in 2010, is in the Lake Sherwood area. Features include pocket doors, limestone and oak floors, beamed ceilings, two offices, a temperature-controlled wine cellar, a home theater/bonus room, five bedrooms, seven bathrooms and 8,456 square feet of living space.

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The 1.42 acres of grounds contain lawns, an infinity pool, a rose garden, an outdoor fireplace and a barbecue center with covered patios. There is a five-car garage plus an enclosed space to park the golf cart.

Spears, 31, released her first album, "Baby One More Time," in 1999 and went on to become one of the country's bestselling recording artists. She released her seventh studio album, "Femme Fatale," last year and got engaged to her former agent, Jason Trawick. Spears joined "The X Factor" as a judge this year.

Courtnall, 46, started his NHL career with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1983 and retired from the Los Angeles Kings in 1999.

Vaughan, 50, appeared on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1992) and "The Wayan Bros." (1995). She is the daughter of late jazz singer Sarah Vaughan.

Jordan Cohen of Re/Max Olson & Associates was the listing agent, according to the MLS. He declined a request for comment.

Coming home to Beverly Hills

Actress Jane Fonda and music producer Richard Perry have bought an estate in Beverly Hills for $7.3 million. The Trousdale Estates property was the longtime home of Emmy-winning television director John Rich.

The two-story home, built in 1961 and completely renovated, features a glass elevator, vaulted ceilings, three fireplaces, four bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms and more than 7,500 square feet of living space. There are photovoltaic panels, a solar-heated swimming pool and other energy-saving amenities.

Fonda, 74, won Oscars in 1972 for "Klute" and in 1979 for "Coming Home." She will star in the ABC comedy "Now What?" and will play First Lady Nancy Reagan in the upcoming film "The Butler."

Perry, 70, has produced albums for singing stars such as Rod Stewart and Carly Simon. Fonda and Perry started dating several years ago.

Rich, who died in January at 86, worked on such iconic 1960s shows as "All in the Family," "Bonanza" and "Gilligan's Island."

The three-quarter-acre-plus property, sold for the first time in more than four decades, was listed at $11.9 million when it first came on the market in June 2011.

James Muske of Coldwell Banker was the listing agent. Zachary Deutsch and Gabriela Effron of Rodeo Realty represented the buyers, according to the Multiple Listing Service.

Last buyer standing is Tim Allen

Actor Tim Allen has purchased a home in Hollywood Hills West for $1.4 million.

The ranch-style house, built in 1963, features open plan living areas, wide-plank pine floors, a stone fireplace, a den, three bedrooms, three bathrooms and 2,604 square feet of living space. The single-story home sits on just under a third of an acre lot with mature trees.

Allen, 59, starred in "The Santa Clause" films and is the voice of Buzz Lightyear in the "Toy Story" series. He stars on "Last Man Standing" (2011-present) and starred on "Home Improvement" (1991-99).

The actor owns other property in the Los Angeles area.

Joshua Myler and Jeff Kohl of the Agency in Beverly Hills were the listing agents. Don Bozick of Nourmand & Associates in Beverly Hills represented Allen.

Actor parts with Merv Griffin pad

Actor Albert Brooks has sold the former Merv Griffin estate for $6.275 million.

The two-acre-plus property had been priced at $6.995 million. The listing says the property is in upper Bel-Air, although the Los Angeles Times Mapping Database considers the location to be Sherman Oaks.

The 5,100-square-foot, single-story house sits off a circular motor court. Features include wood-paneled ceilings, expanses of windows, four bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms. There is a tennis court, an infinity pool with a spa and mature landscaping.

Brooks, 65, appeared last year in "Drive" and has been in guest spots on "The Simpsons" since 1990. He was nominated for an Oscar for his supporting role in "Broadcast News" (1987).

Griffin, who died in 2007 at 82, hosted the talk show bearing his name for more than two decades starting in the early 1960s. He created game shows including "Jeopardy!" and "Wheel of Fortune" through his own production company.

Billy Rose and Mauricio Umansky of the Agency in Beverly Hills handled both sides of the transaction.

What's going on in the Hills

A compound once owned by "Silky Soul Singer" Marvin Gaye and his first wife, Anna, has come on the market in Hollywood Hills West at $3.799 million.

The 1.46-acre estate includes a four-bedroom, five-bathroom main house, a guesthouse, an outdoor kitchen and an eight-car motor court. Water spills down a wall of boulders and into the swimming pool. There are three fireplaces and 3,156 square feet of living space.

Gaye, who died in 1984 at 44, found success in the late 1960s singing duets with Tammi Terrell such as "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing." His hits included "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," "What's Going On" and the Grammy Award-winning "Sexual Healing."

The Gayes owned the house in the mid-1970s when Anna Gaye, the elder sister of Motown founder Berry Gordy, filed for divorce. She kept the house until 2008, when it sold for $1.91 million.

Nada Nadia Villarreal and Anthony Paradise of Sotheby's Sunset office are the listing agents.

lauren.beale@latimes.com

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