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Bert Lahr's former home in Beverly Hills is for sale

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A Beverly Hills home originally built for Bert Lahr, who played the cowardly lion on "The Wizard of Oz," is on the market at $28.5 million.

Designed by Paul R. Williams in 1941, the gated estate sits on 1.3 park-like acres. The 12,000-square-foot main house includes a media room with wet bar, a wine cellar and tasting room, six bedrooms, seven bathrooms and three half-baths. A 3,000-square-foot secondary house, with its own driveway, has two bedrooms and 21/2 bathrooms. A third building contains a two-lane bowling alley, game room, bar and half-bath.

Among other celebrities who have called the compound home were actress Betty Grable, band leader Harry James and actress Melanie Griffith.

Lahr, who died in 1967 at 72, was an actor and a comedian. He won a Tony for his role in the musical "Foxy" in 1964.

Joe Babajian and Michelle Ficarra of Rodeo Realty, Beverly Hills, are the listing agents.

lauren.beale@latimes.com

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