Bette Davis' former condo for sale

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The former West Hollywood home of Oscar-winning actress Bette Davis is for sale at $2.45 million.

The 2,242-square-foot condominium is on the fourth floor of the 1930 Colonial House, which was designed by architect Leland A. Bryant and reflects the glamour of the era. The Colonial Revival-style brick building, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, features a library, a swimming pool, gardens, wood-paneled elevators, security and gated parking.

Owner Gordon Thompson III, a design consultant, recently renovated and updated the three-bedroom, 2 1/2 -bathroom unit. The home has city, mountain and treetop views, many original built-ins, hardwood floors and a terrace.

It was actor Roddy McDowall who helped Davis find her place in Colonial House in the late '70s, according to the Roy Moseley biography "Bette Davis." Moseley wrote that Davis found the 12-foot ceilings "dauntingly high" but that the unit "overlooked La Ronda apartment house, where she and her mother first stayed when they arrived from New York with no money, no prospects, and plenty of dreams. Bette enjoyed the irony."

She won Academy Awards for "Dangerous" (1935) and "Jezebel" (1938). Later memorable work included "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" (1962) and "Hush . . . Hush, Sweet Charlotte" (1964).

Davis received the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award in 1977. She died in 1989 at age 81.

The listing agent is Rory Barish of Keller Williams Realty, Beverly Hills.

lauren.beale@latimes.com

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