Work Keeps Her in Orbit, But Bel-Air Is Home Base

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SIGOURNEY WEAVER, who co-stars with Winona Ryder in the upcoming "Alien: Resurrection," has leased a Bel-Air home for about six months, while in town filming the sci-fi thriller.

Weaver gained stardom as the heroine of the movie "Alien" (1979) and revived her character in "Aliens" (1986) and "Alien3" (1992).

She also co-starred in "Ghostbusters" (1984), "Dave" (1993) and "Copycat" (1995). She was nominated for best actress Oscars in "Aliens" and "Gorillas in the Mist" (1989), in which she played anthropologist Dian Fossey.

Weaver, 47, is married to stage director Jim Simpson, and they have a daughter. The family is said to live in the New York City area. Weaver graduated from Yale in 1975. She appeared this fall on Broadway in the comedy "Sex and Longing."

The home she leased has four bedrooms in about 5,000 square feet, with a pool, spa and poolside gazebo. The 20-year-old home is being leased for close to its $15,000-a-month asking price, sources say.

Jeff Hyland and Rick Hilton of Hilton & Hyland, Beverly Hills, had the listing, and Carl Timothy of John Aaroe Associates, Pacific Design Center office, represented Weaver, other sources said.

* QUENTIN TARANTINO, who won an Oscar for his "Pulp Fiction" original screenplay, has moved from his small West Hollywood apartment to a Hollywood Hills house he bought for $3 million, sources say.

The seven-bedroom, 14,000-square-foot house had been on the market at $3.4 million.

Built in the late 1980s, the house was later expanded to include a guest house and a theater with a popcorn machine and a soda fountain. The one-acre gated property, which has city and mountain views, also has a second guest house, motor court, five-car garage and pool.

The video clerk-turned-film writer-director-actor shot to stardom with his "Pulp Fiction" (1994). He also co-wrote and directed "Reservoir Dogs" (1992).

Since "Pulp Fiction," Tarantino directed an episode of "E.R." and the film "Four Rooms;" he and producer Lawrence Bender established their Rolling Thunder label with Miramax Pictures to acquire and market four films a year, and he produced, wrote the screenplay for and co-starred in the 1996 film "From Dusk Till Dawn."

Tarantino, 33, is a companion of actress Mira Sorvino, sources say.

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Film producer JON PETERS has purchased a Beverly Hills area home once owned by legendary filmmaker King Vidor for $6.2 million, sources say. Escrow closed last week.

Peters, 48, co-chaired Sony Pictures in the late 1980s with Peter Guber, his co-producing partner on "Batman" and "Rain Man."

The two were the focus of the recent bestseller "Hit & Run: How Jon Peters and Peter Guber Took Sony for a Ride in Hollywood" (Simon & Schuster), by Nancy Griffin and Kim Masters. Peters returned to producing films in 1991, leaving Guber as sole chairman until 1994.

Vidor directed many movies, from the silent film "The Crowd" in the 1920s to "Duel in the Sun" (1946) and "Solomon and Sheba" (1959).

The five-bedroom, seven-bath house was built for Vidor in 1928 by architect Wallace Neff, who designed dozens of movie stars' mansions during Hollywood's golden years. Both Vidor and Neff died in 1982.

Vidor lived his final years in Paso Robles. A Japanese financier owned the Beverly Hills home for 20 years. It was bought a year ago by an heir to an Eastern U.S. fortune, sources say.

Peters plans to remodel and expand the 8,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style home, reached by a quarter-mile-long driveway. The house is on five acres, behind gates, with a tennis court and city-to-ocean views.

Peters has been renovating his six-acre estate in Beverly Park. It was damaged some time ago in a fire.

Peters' new home was listed at $6.5 million.

His girlfriend, Mindy Williamson of Fred Sands Directors office, represented him in his purchase, and Jade Quittman-Mills, of Prudential-Rodeo-Jon Douglas Co., had the listing.

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CARL WEATHERS, the former Oakland Raiders football star who played Apollo Creed in the "Rocky" films, has listed his Marina del Rey home at $850,000. The listing coincides with the 20th anniversary of the first "Rocky."

Weathers, 48, also appeared in "Predator" (1987), "Action Jackson" (1988) and "Happy Gilmore" (1996).

He is selling the house because he is living primarily in the Seattle area now. Divorced with two grown sons, Weathers lives on his 200-acre ranch, Heaven on Earth, where he has been breeding cattle since 1994.

His Marina del Rey home has two master suites, a family room, four fireplaces, a rooftop deck and a three-car garage. It is in the Silver Strand area.

Peter Bergman of the Prudential-Rodeo-Jon Douglas Co., Marina del Rey, has the listing.

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NANETTE FABRAY, who will star in "No, No, Nanette" from mid-March to late May in New Jersey, has sold a Santa Monica house she had once planned to remodel and use as a retreat.

The Tony- and Emmy-award-winning actress, who went from vaudeville as Baby Nan at age 3 to starring in a number of Broadway shows as well as her own TV series in the '60s, sold the two-bedroom, 1,500-square-foot house for $640,000 to architect-developer Bob Hernandez.

Fabray, a longtime resident of Pacific Palisades who was honorary mayor there in the late 1960s, owns a Palisades house but considers a townhouse in Manhattan Beach, near her son and his family, her main residence. Fabray, in her 70s, recently became a grandmother for the first time, a source said.

While she is on stage in New Jersey, Fabray plans to lease out her townhouse, which is about two blocks from the beach. It's available from February to June at $3,500 a month, furnished, including linens and dishes.

Cynthia Satterfield of RE/MAX, Santa Monica, has the listing and represented Fabray in the Santa Monica sale. Steve Karsh of Malibu Realty represented Hernandez.

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Producer MATTHEW MELLON, scion of the Pittsburgh banking Mellons, and his cousin, philanthropist Ginger Grace, descendant of the founder of W.R. Grace & Co., have leased a $2-million estate in the Beverly Hills area. Mellon's grandfather, William L. Mellon, founded Gulf Oil.

Mellon, about 30, and Grace rented the Country French house at $8,000 a month for a year, sources say. The home has five bedrooms and a guest house in 7,000 square feet.

It was built in 1990 by a Beverly Hills physician who still owns it, a source said. The doctor also built a house next door, owned by comedian Rita Rudner.

The lessees were represented by Paul Czako of Hilton & Hyland in Beverly Hills.

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