Newton-John, who withdrew her house from the market last month, just closed escrow at more than $10 million, according to area real estate sources and public records. The house had been most recently listed at $11,495,000.
The buyer is a trust representing Patrick Kevin Morris and his wife, Gaby Morgerman -- both entertainment industry heavyweights. Morris is an entertainment lawyer and Morgerman a senior vice president at William Morris Agency. They own another Malibu house that is on the market.
The Newton-John listing, after 354 days, was about to expire when it disappeared in December from the Multiple Listing Service. It is not unusual for celebrities to withdraw their homes from the market once they are in escrow, hoping the sale will escape public notice.
The Mediterranean-style house has four bedrooms and seven bathrooms in 6,482 square feet. The 1.28-acre compound includes a pool, spa and two-bedroom guesthouse.
The gated neighborhood is no stranger to celebrity owners. Newton-John bought the property in 2004 for $5,995,000 from the widow of actor Charles Bronson, and Britney Spears used to live next door.
The 60-year-old Newton-John starred opposite John Travolta in "Grease" and appeared in "Xanadu." She's won four Grammys and has had more than 25 Top 10 singles. Her best known songs include "Physical," "Hopelessly Devoted to You," "Let Me Be There," "Have You Never Been Mellow" and "You're the One That I Want."
Buyer Morris negotiated a landmark deal that gave Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of "South Park," an unprecedented 50% stake in the cartoon's Web endeavors.
Morgerman has been included in the Hollywood Reporter's list of Hollywood's most powerful women for several years.
Cheech lowers stake in Malibu
Can you say "Cheech" without saying "Chong"? Even long after the comedic duo went their separate ways, there's something that lingers -- at least linguistically -- about the pairing.
The first half of the partnership, Cheech Marin, just lowered the price to $2.95 million on his Malibu house. It had been originally listed at $3.9 million.
It's a 3,400-square-foot home with four bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms and wide ocean views. The second-floor master bedroom suite has a fireplace, spa, steam shower and balcony overlooking the Pacific. There are three fireplaces, custom woodwork throughout and a spacious country kitchen. The property has beach access.
Cheech, as he is popularly known, is a native son of Los Angeles and a Cal State Northridge graduate. He appears regularly on TV -- "Lost," "Grey's Anatomy," "Judging Amy" -- and voiced the movie roles of Manuel in "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" (2008) and Ramone in "Cars" (2006).
Cheech, 62, also played inspector Joe Dominguez on 85 episodes of "Nash Bridges" from 1996 to 2001. His professional partnership with Tommy Chong ended in the mid-1980s, although they are currently touring together once again.
Jack Pritchett of Pritchett-Rapf & Associates, Malibu, is the listing agent.
Have an offer? She's listening
Although the practice of giving advice probably dates back to the caveman, Toni Grant surely must be credited with refining the art.
Psychologist Grant rode the radio airwaves in the 1970s and '80s, issuing her pearls of wisdom to a nationally syndicated audience. She also wrote several books.