RICHARD CHAMBERLAIN, who last month ended his yearlong starring appearance as Prof. Henry Higgins in the Orange County-to-Broadway revival of “My Fair Lady,” has sold his Beverly Hills condo, which he bought after he sold his Beverly Hills-area house to actress Anjelica Huston in 1989.
When he bought the condo, Chamberlain, who was born in Los Angeles and lived in the area most of his life, thought he would spend more time in California.
As it turned out, the 59-year-old actor, who has been described as “the king of prestige TV” and “the Grand Master of the Miniseries” (“Shogun” and “The Thorn Birds” in particular), spent more time away from Los Angeles.
Besides appearing on stage, which he has done fairly regularly since the late 1960s when he studied Shakespearean acting for three years in England and played Hamlet for the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Chamberlain has been traveling on the East Coast.
He is living in an Oahu home that he purchased five years ago when he starred as a doctor in the TV series “Island Son,” which was filmed in Hawaii. Chamberlain, one of TV’s most bankable stars, began his acting career as TV’s popular Dr. Kildare when he was 26.
His Beverly Hills condo has three bedroom suites, marble floors and a family room in 2,300 square feet. It is on the fifth floor of a low-rise building constructed in 1990. The condo has city and mountain views as well as a three-car garage.
Chamberlain sold the unit for close to its last asking price of $895,000 to a Beverly Hills dermatologist who was leasing another condo in the same building, sources say. Chamberlain’s condo was originally listed at $1.1 million.
Myra Nourmand of Nourmand & Associates, Beverly Hills, represented Chamberlain in the sale.
Emmy-winning producer DON OHLMEYER, who took over the newly created post of president of NBC West Coast in February of 1993, has purchased a Beverly Hills home for about $2.6 million, according to public records.
The 17-year-old home, on an acre with five bedrooms in slightly more than 6,000 square feet, was about to go into foreclosure when Ohlmeyer bought it, sources say. The asking price had been $3.3 million.
Ohlmeyer, 49, was a high-ranking sports executive with NBC and ABC before he formed his own production company in 1982. Last year he sold his company to ESPN. Ohlmeyer, who is now in charge of NBC’s 22 hours of prime-time programming, has won more than a dozen Emmy awards, and he is well known as a producer of Olympics TV coverage and a director of live-sports specials. The late IRVING (SWIFTY) LAZAR’S Beverly Hills home is due to close escrow this Friday at a price of $1.4 million, sources say.
Hollywood’s best-known literary and talent agent, who was also famous for his three decades of Oscar night parties, died last December at the age of 86. His wife, Mary, died in January, 1993.
Their Beverly Hills home, in Trousdale Estates, is being sold to Don Robinson, a realtor with Prudential Rodeo Realty in Beverly Hills and an interior designer for 25 years.
Robinson, who just sold his three-acre Montecito estate to a partner in a stock brokerage firm for $3.4 million, bought Lazar’s house to refurbish and call home.
“It’s really tired, but it has a beautiful floor plan,” Robinson said. “He (Lazar) thought of everything when he built it in 1966. It has a large library, a breakfast room, a city view, and it’s a nice size (5,400 square feet) for me.”
Edith Neumann of Prudential Rodeo has had the listing; Robinson is representing himself.
New York Mets pitcher BRET SABERHAGEN has put his home in David Murdoch’s gated Sherwood Country Club near Westlake Village on the market again, this time at just under $3.5 million.
The two-time Cy Young Award winner, who was raised in the San Fernando Valley, originally listed the 2.45-acre home a year ago at $3.95 million. He took it off of the market last fall and recently re-listed it. It was put up for sale as part of his divorce proceedings, sources have said.
Saberhagen, who turned 30 last month, had a bad year last year in terms of injuries and other problems. Among his difficulties, he acknowledged responsibility for throwing a firecracker near a group of sports writers and spraying bleach onto a reporter.
His home near Westlake Village has six bedrooms, a 17-seat movie theater, a gym and batting cage in 8,500 square feet. There is also a garage with a limo bay and wine cellar.
Pam Moran and Sigi Ulbrich of Bob Ely’s Pavilions office, Westlake Village, share the listing.