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Screenwriter James Dearden prices Beverly Crest hideaway at $6.8 million

Screenwriter James Dearden prices Beverly Crest hideaway at $6.8 million
The Beverly Crest home of "Fatal Attraction" screenwriter James Dearden has come on the market for $6.795 million. (Adrian Anz)

English director-screenwriter James Dearden, whose credits include the 1987 thriller "Fatal Attraction," and his wife, actress Annabel Brooks, have listed their home in Beverly Crest for sale at $6.795 million.

Offered for lease in recent years at $25,000 to $30,000 a month, the gated estate sits back from the street on more than half an acre above Benedict Canyon.

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Built in the 1940s and recently remodeled, the Art Deco-inspired residence has polished stone floors, raised ceilings, wrought iron details, a media room and a center-island kitchen.

An updated bathroom with a soaking tub and large walk-in closet make up the master suite, which as has a private balcony overlooking the grounds. There are five bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms in 5,286 square feet of space.

Fleetwood sliders in the living room open to a swimming pool and sun deck. Set above the pool, a hidden terrace is accessed by a lighted trail.

Dearden and Brooks bought the house in 2007 for $4.695 million.

Paul Czako of Gussman Czako Estates has the listing.

Dearden, 68, is the son of English filmmaker Basil Dearden and actress Melissa Stribling, known for her role in the 1958 film "Horror of Dracula." In addition to "Fatal Attraction," for which he received an Academy Award nomination for best screenplay, he wrote and directed "Pascali's Island" (1988) and "A Kiss Before Dying" (1991).

Brooks, 57, appeared in such films as "The Witches" (1990), "Princess Caraboo" (1994) and "Last Run" (2001).

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