A Santa Monica beach house built for silent screen star Norma Talmadge in 1930 has sold for $8 million.
But hers is not the only name associated with the property. Notables who've lived or stayed at the French Normandy-style oceanfront compound have included actor Cary Grant, composer Irving Berlin and business magnate Howard Hughes.
The 5,530 square feet of living space contains a foyer, a circular staircase, a formal living room, a dining room, a sunroom, a wine cellar, a butler's pantry and an eat-in kitchen. The second floor master bedroom suite with dual bathrooms overlooks the ocean for a total of five bedrooms and five bathrooms.
At the back, or ocean-facing, side of the house are covered and open patios, a heated swimming pool, a paddle tennis/pickle ball court and a raised viewing deck.
A motor court with a four-car garage fronts the quarter-acre property.
Talmadge, who died in 1957 at 63, enjoyed her peak success in the 1920s with such films as “Smilin’ Through” (1922), “Secrets” (1924) and “The Lady” (1925).