DENZEL WASHINGTON, who won a best supporting-actor Oscar for his role in "Glory" (1989), and his pianist-singer wife, Pauletta, have purchased two Beverly Park lots from Disney chairman Michael Eisner and his wife, Jane, for close to their asking price of $6.5 million, sources say.
The Washingtons, who have four children, plan to build a house on the site, which overlooks Beverly Hills. They hope to complete their new home by next spring. Their current home, in Toluca Lake, suffered damages in the Northridge earthquake.
Washington, 41, was honored in February with an outpatient pediatric wing named for him at Martin Luther King Jr./Charles Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Later in February, a Hasty Pudding-style reception by Harvard University honored Washington for his role as a humanitarian. He donates considerable time and money to charities, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which he represents as a national spokesman. He is an alumnus of the club in his hometown of Mount Vernon, N.Y.
Washington has co-starred in such hits as "The Pelican Brief" (1993), "Philadelphia" (1993) and "Crimson Tide" (1995). He also starred in "Malcolm X" (1992), "Virtuosity" 1995) and "Devil in a Blue Dress" (1995).
He will appear in "Courage Under Fire," due to be released this summer, and "The Preacher's Wife," due out in December.
Washington personally negotiated the deal with Eisner, who had higher offers after the properties were in escrow, sources say.
Brian Adler, developer of Beverly Park, had the listing, and Barbara Robinson of John Aaroe & Associates, Beverly Hills, represented the Washingtons, other sources said.
Actress AMY IRVING, who announced plans in January to move to New York City, has sold her five-bedroom Santa Monica home for about $2.4 million to John Wells, producer of the popular NBC series "ER," sources say.
Irving, 42, is moving to Manhattan with her family, which includes director Bruno Barreto, their son Gabriel and her son Max by ex-husband Steven Spielberg.
Irving and Spielberg were divorced in 1989, when Irving got the house. Her divorce settlement was estimated then to have been in the $100-million range. She soon became involved with Barreto, and Spielberg married actress Kate Capshaw in 1991.
Irving, who starred in "Benefit of the Doubt" (1993), "Yentl" (1983) and a number of other films, opened Arthur Miller's play "Broken Glass" on Broadway in April 1994.
Built in 1925, the nearly 5,000-square-foot Spanish-style house that she sold has a lap pool, guest house and studio.
It was designed by architect John Byers and was his home at one time, sources say. Byers was one of the first architects to introduce the Spanish-style home, with red-tiled roof and patio, to the L.A. area as the city started to grow after World War I.
MEYER MISHKIN, a Hollywood agent credited with discovering actors Lee Marvin and Richard Dreyfus, has sold his Country English-style home on 6.5 acres in Benedict Canyon for just under $2 million, sources say.
Built in 1938, the five-bedroom, nearly 6,000-square-foot house was owned by Mishkin, 83, for 40 years. It was purchased by a young couple in the music business who plan to build a recording studio and a guest house on the property, sources say.
Barbara Darnelle of Hilton & Hyland, Beverly Hills, had the listing, and Gary Glass of John Aaroe & Associates, Beverly Hills, represented the buyers.
ANDREW GETTY, 28-year-old grandson of the late oil billionaire J. Paul Getty, has purchased the 70-year-old Hollywood Hills villa of three-time Oscar-winning film composer Miklos Rozsa, who died at 88 last July.
Rozsa, considered the dean of Hollywood composers, won Academy Awards for his scoring of "Spellbound" (1945), an Alfred Hitchcock film starring Ingrid Bergman; "A Double Life" (1947), starring Ronald Colman; and the biblical "Ben-Hur" (1959), starring Charlton Heston.
The Hungarian-born musician, who became a U.S. citizen in 1946, published his autobiography, "A Double Life," in 1982. Besides being an important composer for films, he had a distinguished career in classical music.
Getty, who was living in a condo in Westwood, is one of four sons of Gordon P. Getty, one of J. Paul Getty's three sons.
His new home is about 5,000 square feet on 6.9 acres, behind gates, with views of the San Fernando Valley. It sold for just under $1 million, sources say.
Rozsa owned the home for 50 years, and he and his wife, Margaret, raised their two children there. Margaret Rozsa is living in Santa Monica.
Sheila Dick of Fred Sands Estates, Beverly Hills, and Eileen Burkett of SCI Investments shared the listing, and Delphine Mann and Kathleen Marshall, both of the Prudential-Jon Douglas Co., Beverly Hills, represented the buyer, sources said.