Burning His ‘Bridges’ in Beverly Hills

Times Staff Writer

Don Johnson, star of the CBS-TV show “Nash Bridges,” has sold his Beverly Hills-area home for close to its asking price of $2.85 million.

The actor, 50, had owned the home for about 10 years and once shared it with his former wife, actress Melanie Griffith.

He was married in April to former debutante Kelley Phleger, 31. They live in San Francisco, where his detective series, co-starring Cheech Marin, is filmed.

The house, which was sold to a businessman, was designed by Paul Williams and built in 1941 for actor Bert Lahr, who played the cowardly lion in “The Wizard of Oz” (1939). Later, the home also was owned by actress Betty Grable and her husband, bandleader Harry James.

The four-bedroom, 6,000-square-foot house is on 1.4 acres, behind gates, with a tennis court, pool, spa, gazebo, poolhouse, enclosed playground with a treehouse; garden walkways lined with avocado, lemon, lime and other fruit trees; a four-car garage, and a motorcourt.


Mary Brill of Fred Sands Estates and Sharona Alperin of DBL Realtors had the listing; David Mouallem of DM Realty, Beverly Hills, represented the buyer.


Marla Maples, a former wife of Donald Trump, has settled into a home next to the Malibu Canyon area. She bought the home before the holidays for about its $1.4-million asking price.

Maples, 35, appeared in the TV movie “Two of Hearts” (February, 1999). In 1992, she made her Broadway debut in the musical “Will Rogers Follies.”

She and the tycoon, now 52, were married in 1993 and divorced in June. She recently became engaged to film producer Michael Mailer, the 35-year-old son of novelist Norman Mailer. In October, they said that they expect to marry in the spring.

Built about 10 years ago, Maples’ six-bedroom, 6,000-square-foot home has a pool and a spa.

Patty Gilbert of Fred Sands Realtors, Calabasas, represented Maples in her purchase, and Marc Shevin of Coldwell Banker, Woodland Hills, had the listing.


The former Woodland Hills home of late rapper Tupac Shakur has been sold for $1.2 million.

Shakur was leasing the newly built house and planning to buy it, with escrow pending, when he was gunned down at age 25 in Las Vegas in 1996.

David Weiner, former president of K-Tel International, purchased the house after Shakur was killed.

Weiner, a consultant to K-Tel, sold the house because he recently built a home in Malibu. K-Tel develops, markets and distributes music, video and consumer convenience products worldwide.

The 5,000-square-foot Woodland Hills house, on an acre, is in a private, gated enclave.

Monty Iceman of Gibson Realtors, Studio City, had the listing.

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