New Home for the Holidays?


JODIE FOSTER, who directed and produced the just-opened “Home for the Holidays,” has put her Woodland Hills house on the market at $1.1 million.

The Oscar-winning actress (“The Accused,” 1988; “The Silence of the Lambs,” 1991) decided to sell the house, “because she doesn’t want to live in the Valley anymore,” though she plans to stay in the L.A. area, a source said.

Foster, who turns 33 next Sunday, made her directorial debut with “Little Man Tate” in 1991. In 1992 she formed a production deal with Polygram Filmed Entertainment to finance three films under her Egg Pictures banner. Her first film was “Nell” (1994), in which she played a backwoods hermit. She directs but doesn’t act in her second film, “Home for the Holidays,” featuring Holly Hunter.

The Woodland Hills home, which Foster has owned for six years, was built in 1934 as the guest house of a large estate owned by Hungarian director Michael Curtiz, who was brought to Hollywood by Jack Warner in 1926.


Curtiz directed a series of Errol Flynn swashbucklers, including “Captain Blood” (1935), as well as such classics as “Yankee Doodle Dandy” (1942) and “Casablanca” (1943), for which he won an Oscar. He died in 1962.

Copied from a Cottswald cottage, Foster’s house has one bedroom with a second bedroom over the garage. The home is on half an acre behind gates.

Foster restored the house and added imported glass mosaic tiles from Italy in the master bath and 22-karat gold leaf detailing on the ceilings in the master bedroom.

Kay Cole and Jana Jones share the listing in the Rodeo Realty division of the Prudential-Jon Douglas Co. Cole is in the Woodland Hills office; Jones is in Beverly Hills.

Producer JON PETERS has purchased a Beverly Hills home for $1.6 million and given it to his friend, super-model Vendela, with whom he had a five-year relationship until February, sources say.

“She had been frantically looking for a house to buy, because she is bringing her family here from Sweden at Christmas,” said listing/selling agent Jeanne Valvo of Fred Sands Estates, Director’s Office.

Vendela, 28, has been known as the face of Elizabeth Arden and was on the 1993 cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.

Peters, 47, was a producer of “With Honors” (1994), “Batman Returns” (1992), “Batman” (1989) and “Rain Man” (1988).

Actor Robert Redford, 58, was leasing the house when Peters bought it.

A Connecticut-style farmhouse built in 1951, it has three bedrooms plus maid’s quarters in about 3,500 square feet, with city and ocean views, a pool, spa and gazebo.

The sellers were playwright/screenwriter Bernard Slade, 65, and his wife, Jill. Among his plays is the two-act comedy “Same Time, Next Year.”

The Slades have a home in England and a condo in Brentwood. Redford has homes in Malibu and Colorado. Peters is leasing while waiting to have his fire-damaged house rebuilt in Beverly Park.

The Holmby Hills home of the late LITA ANNENBERG HAZEN, a major philanthropist in medical research and a sister of Walter H. Annenberg--former U.S. ambassador to Great Britain, has been listed at $7.9 million.

Hazen, who was 85 when she died in October, was the sixth of eight children of Sadie and Moses L. Annenberg, who owned the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, the Daily Racing Form and TV Guide. She had six sisters, three still living, and her brother, who has an estate in Rancho Mirage.

Hazen was married for 58 years to Joseph Hazen, a lawyer, film producer and art collector who died last year at 94. He was a partner of Hal B. Wallis in making such films as “Come Back Little Sheba” and “True Grit.”

Hazen was living in her Manhattan home when she died. She owned the Holmby Hills mansion for 30 years. Built in the late 1920s, the English country estate has a brick exterior with a slate roof.

The 7,500-square-foot home is on 2.3 acres along a fairway of the L.A. Country Club.


CLARIFICATION: In the item referring to attorney Marvin Mitchelson (Hot Property, Oct. 15), the lawyer won an award of $104,000 for actor Lee Marvin’s mistress, but the judgment was reversed on appeal. Even so, the case resulted in new laws recognizing the right of unmarried partners to sue for palimony , a word Mitchelson coined.