Stand-Up Exits Stage Right


ROSIE O’DONNELL, one of the few stand-up comics who also works steadily in films, has sold her Studio City home of four years.

O’Donnell, 32, played Betty Rubble in “The Flintstones” (1994), Becky in “Sleepless in Seattle” (1993) and Doris Murphy in “A League of Their Own” (1992).

She co-stars with Demi Moore in the upcoming film “The Gaslight Addition,” which is in post-production, and plans to direct her first film, the Nora Ephron-produced “Friends for Life,” in the fall. Her first HBO comedy special is expected to air in April.


Last May, O’Donnell, who was raised on Long Island, announced that she was leaving L.A. after nearly 10 years and returning to New York, where she has an apartment, to play Rizzo in the Tommy Tune revival of “Grease.” O’Donnell also has a home in Florida.

She hasn’t been in Los Angeles much since buying her Studio City home in 1990 for $415,000. Built in 1940, the Cape Cod-style home, described as “very charming,” has three bedrooms and a den in 1,600 square feet.

It was sold for $300,000 to Dan Arden, supervising producer of “Movie Magic,” a series on the Discovery Channel, and his wife, Ann. He also was a producer and writer for the 1994 TV special “Masters of Illusion: The Wizards of Special Effects.”

The Ardens were previously living in San Diego but relocated to Los Angeles for professional reasons, a source said.

O’Donnell was represented by David Rambo and Anne Cross, both of Prudential California Realty, and the Ardens were represented by Bernard Hoffman, president of Westside Realtors, Santa Monica.

Veteran actor EFREM ZIMBALIST JR., who played Cristof von Philips in the 1993 TV series “Trade Winds,” has purchased a ranch in Solvang and sold his house in Encino, sources say.


Zimbalist, 71, is probably best known for his starring roles in the long-running series “The FBI” and “77 Sunset Strip.” He is the father of actress Stephanie and the son of the late Russian-born violinist/composer Efrem Zimbalist Sr. and concert soprano Alma Gluck.

Zimbalist Jr. sold his Encino home of 37 years to recording studio executive Allen Sides and his wife, Anne. The asking price was $2.65 million.

Sides owns and manages numerous recording studios across the United States--most notably the Ocean Way Studios in Hollywood, where such stars as Bruce Springsteen, the Jacksons and Olivia Newton-John have recorded award-winning albums, sources say.

Built in 1934, the Encino home, on nearly two acres, has five bedrooms and nine fireplaces plus a guest house, pony stables and a lake filled with koi.

Built four years ago, Zimbalist’s new home, on five acres in Solvang, has four bedrooms. It was purchased for $540,000, sources say.

While buying the Encino home, the Sideses also sold their Huntington Palisades estate for close to its $4 million asking price. The 11,000-square-foot, Mediterranean-style home, on an acre overlooking the Pacific Ocean, was originally part of a 40,000-square-foot estate built in 1930 but subdivided during the 1950s.

The six-bedroom, 12-bath house, which has an 1,500-square-foot ballroom, was sold to an investment banker, sources say.

Paul Czako of Hilton & Hyland, Beverly Hills, had co-listed the Palisades home with Ron De Salvo of Jon Douglas Co., Beverly Hills.

Singer DIANNE LENNON, the eldest of the four Lennon Sisters, and her husband, Dick Gass, have listed their Venice home at $575,000. The Lennon Sisters first gained fame during the 1950s appearing on “the Lawrence Welk Show.”

Lennon, now in her mid-50s, is selling her home because she performs regularly with her sisters at their theater in Branson, Mo. She and her husband, who was active in a number of community organizations in Venice, raised their family in the house, which they bought in the 1960s.

The four-bedroom, 3,500-square-foot house is near Penmar Golf Course, where Lennon shot a women’s course record--a 33 or two under par--when she eagled the ninth hole in 1985. (The Lennon Sisters’ late father, Bill, was a golf pro.)

Slim McNellis has the listing with Century 21 Better Homes in Santa Monica.

A Beverly Hills residential complex with a two-story penthouse designed by Frank Gehry, architect of the planned Walt Disney Concert Hall, is on the market at $2.9 million.

Built in the 1940s, the four-story building, which includes four rental units, was redesigned by Gehry 11 years ago to create a 5,700-square-foot penthouse with a patio all around the building.

The penthouse has four bedrooms, an elevator, 1 1/2-story artist’s studio and parking for six cars. The complex is co-listed with Stephen Shapiro of Stan Herman/Stephen Shapiro & Associates and Linda May of Fred Sands Estates, Beverly Hills.

Actor BILL BIXBY’S home, from the time it was built in 1980 until he died in 1993, has been sold for about $625,000, sources say. The two-bedroom townhouse, in Century City, was listed by Bixby’s widow last July at $875,000.

Bixby, who was 59 when he died of cancer, played Dr. David Banner on “The Incredible Hulk” after he starred in the TV series “My Favorite Martian” and “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father.” He was also a producer and a director.

Kay Pick of Mike Silverman Estates, a Jon Douglas Co., in Beverly Hills co-listed the home with Gene Powell of Jon Douglas Co., Westwood.