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  • Is Malibu turning into the Larry Ellison beach club?

    Is Malibu turning into the Larry Ellison beach club?
    The membership roll in Malibu's unofficial Billionaire's Beach club is shrinking. Former Yahoo Inc. Chief Executive Terry Semel and his wife, Jane, have sold their spot to Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison, who already has eight other houses along Carbon Beach.
  • Phyllis Diller lived here and named many of the rooms

    Phyllis Diller lived here and named many of the rooms
    The longtime home of comic Phyllis Diller has come on the market in Brentwood at $12.9 million. The Country English-style house sits on 1.25 flat acres. It was built in 1914 as a summer home for Lawrence C. Phipps, who made his fortune in the steel...

    Phyllis Diller's wacky-wig room

    Phyllis Diller's wacky-wig room
    Comic Phyllis Diller, who died Monday at 95, was one of former Hot Property columnist Ruth Ryon's favorite interview subjects. While doing a story on the entertainer at her Brentwood home more than a decade ago, Ryon discovered a prolific artist, a...

    Chicago, that tippling town

    Chicago, that tippling town
    The first rule of business — any business — is this: Do what you do well. And what Chicago does well is drink. Oh, there are other things to be sure (architecture! comedy! baseball!), but in this city, booze is as much a business as it is...