‘Primary’ Star Heading North

Diane Ladd, who appears with her daughter, actress Laura Dern, in the upcoming movie “Daddy and Them,” has put her Beverly Hills home on the market at $1.25 million.

Ladd, who was in “Primary Colors” (1998), also played Dern’s mother in the 1996 movies “Ghosts of Mississippi” and “Citizen Ruth.”

Ladd was nominated twice for an Oscar (“Wild at Heart,” 1990; “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” 1974) before she and Dern became the first mother-daughter team to win Oscar nominations in the same year for the same film (“Rambling Rose,” 1991). “Daddy and Them,” due out in the fall, was written and directed by Billy Bob Thornton, who also stars in the film.

Ladd is selling her home of about five years because she and her husband, businessman Robert Hunter, are moving to a house they own north of Los Angeles.


The couple was married on Valentine’s Day by actress-minister Della Reese in actress Connie Stevens’ Bel-Air home. Among the celebrity guests were daughter Laura, Thornton, Kathy Bates, James Coburn, Ed Asner and Beau Bridges.

Ladd’s home includes a three-bedroom 2,400-square-foot main house, 1,100-square-foot guest house with one bedroom and a den and a separate office with a gym or a media room.

Mark Hess of Coldwell Banker-Jon Douglas Co., Beverly Hills North, has the listing.



Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna, a husband-and-wife acting-writing team, are putting the finishing touches on a $1-million renovation of their Beverly Hills home of 25 years.

“If You Ever Leave Me . . . I’m Going With You,” a new comedy starring and written by the long-married couple, will play at the Canon Theatre in Beverly Hills from Monday through April 26.

Taylor has played Fran Drescher’s mother on “The Nanny” since the CBS sitcom started airing in 1993. Bologna will appear on the March 31 episode as Taylor’s lover. He plays actor Adam Sandler’s father in the movie “Big Daddy,” due out in June.

The Beverly Hills house, once owned by actress Shirley Temple, was built in 1926. “We’ve spent two years redoing it,” Taylor said. “I copied [late actress] Greer Garson’s bath from her Bel-Air home of the ‘40s.”

She also put in a chandelier and mirrors like those she had seen in Versailles and hung red and gold curtains, decorated with pearls and crystals, like some she had seen at London’s Savoy Hotel.

“We took three rooms and made a bedroom and we took three more rooms and made a bath,” she said. The Tudor-style 4,300-square-foot home has three bedrooms plus an office.

“And now we’re having seven gardens--Zen, fairy, French, Italian and others--designed,” she said. Kansas-based designer Terry Landeck, a family friend, has been helping with the redo.



A Beverly Hills house owned by the Sultan of Brunei has been purchased for about $5 million by Kenneth Guarino, who is moving his publishing and entertainment business from Rhode Island.

The house was one of two, next door to each other, that the sultan listed in October at $6.4 million each. The other home was sold for about $5 million in January.

The Mediterranean-style 9,000-square-foot houses were newly built when the sultan bought them in 1989. Each house has four family bedrooms and quarters for two maids.

Valerie Fitzgerald of Coldwell Banker-Jon Douglas Co., Beverly Hills, represented Guarino in his purchase, according to local real estate sources.


Gregg Davis, son of tycoon Marvin Davis, has sold his Holmby Hills home for close to its asking price of $4.2 million to retail-clothing magnates Dorothy and Marvin Chanin.

Dorothy Chanin owns a chain of women’s accessories stores called Ice, one of which is in Caesar’s Forum in Las Vegas. Veteran L.A. retailer Marvin Chanin operates the Hugo Boss store in Caesar’s Forum.

Davis has moved to Houston to oversee the family’s oil interests there, real estate sources said.


Built in 1935, the six-bedroom 6,800-square-foot home, designed by architect Paul Williams, is on almost an acre behind gates with landscaped gardens, a pool and a spa.

The buyers were represented by Sid Kibrick of Nourmand & Associates, Beverly Hills, and the seller was represented by Barbara Duskin of Sotheby’s International Realty.


Producer Alex Rose, whose movie “The Other Sister” was released in February, has put her Sunset Strip-area compound on the market at just under $3.3 million. Rose is selling because she is looking for property in the Pacific Northwest.

Rose, who co-produced “The Other Sister,” starring Juliette Lewis, based the story on her memories of a childhood friendship with a retarded girl.

Other movies that Rose co-produced include “Exit to Eden” (1994), “Frankie & Johnny” (1991) and “Norma Rae” (1978).

Built in 1928, Rose’s 6,000-square-foot home was once owned by 1920s-'30s director Charles Dorian. The main house has four bedrooms, a den and city views. A second house on the property has two bedrooms.

Victor Kaminoff, director of architectural and unique properties, shares the listing with Joe Reisman and David Gordon, all of Coldwell Banker Previews.


Gerd Wasmund, who owns Courage Films, has listed his Studio City home at $1.45 million. Courage Films co-produces movies for distribution in German-speaking countries.

Wasmund also has homes in Germany and Palm Springs and doesn’t use his Studio City house. Built in 1956 and renovated, the gated home has four bedrooms, a pool and valley views.

Mary Lee Barab and Rick Chimienti of DBL Realtors in Beverly Hills have the listing.