Westside Gets a New ‘Boss’


Actress JUDITH LIGHT and her husband, actor Robert Desiderio, have purchased a home on the Westside and sold their Laurel Canyon home to rock drummer Richard Allen and his bride, Stacy Gilbert Allen.

Light co-stars in the long-running ABC sitcom “Who’s the Boss?” as Angela Bower, a wealthy divorced woman with a macho housekeeper played by Tony Danza. She stars Nov. 11 on the ABC movie “Wife, Mother, Murderer,” and played an attorney in the TV film “In Defense of a Married Man” and AIDS victim Ryan White’s mother in the TV movie “The Ryan White Story.”

The Emmy-winning Light met her husband when they were both on the TV soap opera “One Life to Live.” Desiderio later played Ted Melcher on the soap “Knots Landing” and appeared in the TV movies “She Stood Alone,” “People Like Us” and “Original Sin.”

The couple bought a newly built home with five bedrooms and five baths in about 10,000 square feet for close to its asking price of $5.3 million, sources say.


The house has a sunny breakfast room, large family/projection room, marble bath with spa tub and steam shower, private drive and motor court. It’s in a gate-guarded community and has panoramic city views.

Their former home has three bedrooms and a den in about 3,400 square feet. It also has a wall of glass, looking out to a pool and city views. The Allens bought it for nearly its $850,000 list price.

Allen, who was with the British band Def Leppard when they made their breakthrough album “Pyromania” in 1983, continued to play drums for the pop-metal pioneers after he lost his left arm in a 1985 car accident. A special device on his drums allows Allen to use his left leg in place of his arm.

He also has homes in Tampa, Fla.; London and Amsterdam, sources said.


Melody Eckert represented the Allens; Joe Babajian and Judy Cycon represented Light and Desiderio in their sale and purchase, and David R. Perry had the listing on the newly built home. All are with Fred Sands Realtors, but none would comment on either transaction.

NANCY SINATRA LAMBERT, who made “These Boots Were Made for Walking” a hit song in the 1960s and last year wrote a book about her father--singer Frank Sinatra, has sold her Beverly Hills home, which she designed and built, and has moved into a nearby home that she also constructed.

She sold her four-bedroom home in the $3-million range, say sources not involved in the deal, and moved into a six-bedroom home that she had put on the market last June at about $5 million.

Her new home, only the second that she has built, has three bedrooms, maid’s quarters, an indoor gym and a guest house. Among the personal possessions that she moved were some sculptures by her father.

Lambert’s late husband, Hugh, danced in several Broadway musicals including “Flower Drum Song” and did choreography for “The Ed Sullivan Show,” “Laugh-In” and “The Perry Como Show.” He died of cancer at 55 in 1985, leaving his wife and two children.

Mary Brill of Prudential Rodeo Realty represented Lambert in the sale.

VICTORIA McMAHON, who was officially divorced from Johnny Carson’s “Tonight” show sidekick Ed McMahon earlier this year, has purchased a home in Beverly Hills for nearly its $3.9-million asking price, sources said.

Built in the ‘60s by the late architect John Wolfe, the European villa-style home was totally refurbished just before she bought it.


It’s behind gates and has three bedrooms and maid’s quarters in about 5,000 square feet. The half-acre property, not far from the home the McMahons shared when they were married, also has a swimming pool and a motor court.

Steve Robinson of Fred Sands Estates and Joyce Flaherty of Rodeo Realty represented her in the purchase, but neither was available for comment.

Sports agent JEFF BORRIS, who--with his partner Dennis Gilbert--represents such athletes as Jose Canseco and Bret Saberhagen, has purchased a newly built home in Calabasas Park.

He bought the four-bedroom, 4,500-square-foot Mediterranean-style home behind gates before it was completed for nearly $1 million.

Borris, a bachelor, was living in Calabasas Park before his purchase and says he intends to keep his former home in his family.

GARY BART, founder of Weight Watchers of Orange County, and his wife, Victoria, a Beverly Hills psychotherapist, have purchased a 1927 Bel-Air home that is undergoing an extensive remodel.

When the renovation is completed, the 6,500-square-foot home will have four bedrooms, five baths, a separate guest suite, maid’s quarters and a swimming pool. The stable is being turned into an artist’s studio. The home is on slightly more than an acre of land.

Bart is supervising the remodel, and he is also overseeing construction of a waterfront residence for himself and his wife in the Haena area of Kauai.


The Barts bought their Bel-Air property for close to its $5.5-million asking price, sources said. Doug Taylor of Jon Douglas Co.'s Beverly Hills office had the listing.

They’ve listed their Anaheim home at $3.59 million with Len Spielman of Kline Realty in Tustin. That home is 10,000 square feet in size and is on nearly two acres in the Peralta Hills area.