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Tina’s New Isle Is Manhattan

TIMES STAFF WRITER

TINA LOUISE, who is best known for her role as the sexy movie star Ginger Grant on the comedy series “Gilligan’s Island,” has put her Beverly Hills home of more than 20 years on the market.

The actress, who is still seen regularly in the syndicated ‘60s sitcom, appears in the recently released film “Johnny Suede,” starring Brad Pitt, the hitchhiker in “Thelma & Louise.” She also is in a film still in production and is working on a distribution plan for her line of cosmetics and health-related products.

“I’ve had the home (in Beverly Hills) since 1970,” she said. “I never before lived in one place so long, but I prefer being based out of New York, because I’m originally a New York person. The culture there is exciting, and I like the autumns and find the cold stimulating.”

For the past three years, she has lived primarily in her New York City studio, renting out the Beverly Hills residence between her visits there. “I love my (Beverly Hills) home, and it’s where I raised my child, but it’s a lot to handle when I’m not there on a full-time basis,” she said.

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The three-bedroom home has walls of glass overlooking a wooded canyon, 40-foot-long swimming pool and guest cottage. The nearly 3,000-square-foot house was built in the 1950s but has been remodeled. The home is for sale at $1.6 million or for lease at $2,700 a month through Regina Gleason of Fred Sands Estates.

BERNIE TAUPIN, longtime writing partner of rock star ELTON JOHN, has purchased a 30-acre equestrian ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley for about $2.5 million.

Taupin and John just signed what has been called the “biggest music publishing deal in history,” with a $39-million advance.

The lyricist’s new ranch, which is on a knoll with sweeping valley views, has a three-level, five-bedroom home on it, along with a pond, barn for 20 horses, and two arenas.

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Originally listed at $3.6 million, the ranch had been on the market for about a year and a half. The selling agent was Kerry O’Brien of Jim Rapf & Associates, Malibu.

The Beverly Hills tennis-court estate of ex-Seattle SuperSonics owner SAM SCHULMAN and cookbook author SYLVIA SCHULMAN has been sold for nearly $3 million.

Sam Schulman, who was also a head of New Vision Pictures, is now chairman of the Sport of Kings, a new Las Vegas club catering to horse-race wagering.

Sylvia Schulman collaborated with S. T. Ting Wong, also known as the restaurateur Madame Wong, in writing “Madame Wong’s Long-Life Chinese Cookbook” and “More Long-Life Chinese Cooking From Madame Wong.”

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The Schulmans sold their 1.5-acre home, originally listed at close to $5 million, to a computer company owner.

Bob Hurwitz, president of the Hurwitz-James Co., represented the Schulmans, and Myra Nourmand and Fariba Meskin of Nourmand & Associates, represented the buyer.

Animator DAVE SPAFFORD, who worked on the Walt Disney-Steven Spielberg film “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”, and his British wife, Debbie, have bought a get-away home in England that was built in the 18th Century.

The 3,500-square-foot home was built by the Duke of Westchester 30 miles north of London. The Spaffords, who will maintain their residence and Spaff Animation Co. headquarters in Toluca Lake, paid $750,000 for their British retreat, a source said.

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Celeb publicist JEFFREY LANE--who represents Linda Gray, George Hamilton, Diahann Carroll, Bruce Jenner and Joan Collins--has put his Hollywood Hills home on the market at $1.25 million.

The gated, contemporary home has three bedrooms, city and mountain views and a separate maid’s quarters. Lane is planning to relocate to a larger residence in the same area. The home is listed with Madison Offenhauser at Fred Sands Estates, Beverly Hills.

A Silver Lake estate built in 1923 for silent film star ANTONIO MORENO and operated from 1929 until the late 1980s as a home for wayward and homeless girls, is back on the market at about $3.9 million.

The home, which was off the market for several months, was listed in 1989 at $6.5 million. It has not been occupied, except for a caretaker, since 1987, when it suffered earthquake damage, most of which has been repaired, a source said.

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The 21,000-square-foot villa has a pipe organ, 52-foot-long living room, 75-foot-long pool and nine-car garage. Known as the Canfield-Moreno Estate, the home was designed by architect Robert Farquhar and is a city landmark.

Funds from the sale will be used to help build a school in the north San Fernando Valley, sources said. The estate, owned by the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, is co-listed by Matt Horn and Cesar De La Cruz at R. R. Gable Inc., Northridge.

Ava’s, a celeb-oriented dining and dancing club named for its proprietress--1986 Playmate AVA FABIAN, has opened at the Beverly Center under the terms of a 10-year lease valued at almost $2 million.

Prince, Armand Assante and Jack Nicholson already have been among the club’s celeb clientele, sources say. The club has a game room, shark tank and disco in space formerly occupied by the London-based club Tramp. Stephen Shapiro, Stan Herman/Stephen Shapiro & Associates, negotiated the lease.

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