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Inside Hollywood legends' incredible homes

Inside the former homes of entertainment icons

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Jade Mills Estates ; Sunset Boulevard / Corbis via Getty Images

Ever wanted to do a 'maps to the stars' tour of Hollywood's most famous houses? From Marilyn Monroe and James Dean to Audrey Hepburn and Marlon Brando, we've brought together some of the world's most amazing celebrity pads, all steeped in cinematic history.

All dollar values in US dollars.

Judy Garland's Hollywood Hills mansion

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MGM

Musical legend Judy Garland's spectacular former home is perched high in the Hollywood Hills. The Wizard of Oz star lived in the glamorous home, which is just above the famed Sunset Strip, in the mid-1940s with her husband, director Vincente Minnelli, and daughter Liza.

Judy Garland's Hollywood Hills mansion

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The magnificent home on Evanview Drive sold in 2020 for $4.7 million (£3.7m). It's spread over three floors, making it the ideal home for an A-lister.

This pedigree mansion was designed by star architect John Elgin Woolf  whose other clients included Cary Grant and Bob Hope  and was also owned by a member of the Rat Pack: Sammy Davis Jr.

Judy Garland's Hollywood Hills mansion

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Zillow

The home was built in 1941, just before Garland and her family moved in, but as you would expect from such a desirable house it has undergone extensive modern renovations.

The main living space boasts dark hardwood floors, high ceilings and French doors that lead out to the private balcony.

Judy Garland's Hollywood Hills mansion

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The pool house, which was said to have been built by Sammy Davis Jr, boasts an oversized fireplace, a marble bar, his-and-hers-baths and a full guest suite.

With soaring beamed ceilings and a sleek monochrome colour scheme, it would have been the perfect spot for the singer to party with his famous friends Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and the rest.

Judy Garland's Hollywood Hills mansion

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Zillow

Judy's career and private life were notoriously unstable in the mid-1940s, and we can assume that this would have been a sanctuary for the star. Spread over 5,000 square feet, the property has every amenity a star would ever need including five bedrooms and seven-and-a-half bathrooms.

Kitted out for when a star needs to make a quick getaway, there is a screening room with a hidden bookshelf door that leads through to the original Garland suite.

Judy Garland's Hollywood Hills mansion

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Zillow

In addition to the Art Deco-style main home and the pool house, there's also a swimming pool framed by an outdoor fireplace and stylish grey decking.

The grounds are also home to an orchard and extensive gardens. Who wouldn't want to while away the hours in this incredible Hollywood retreat?

Frank Sinatra's mid-century modern mansion

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The ultimate American crooner, Frank Sinatra is synonymous with Hollywood's heyday. One of the world's best-selling musicians, Ol' Blue Eyes has sold over 150 million records worldwide and won Academy Awards to boot.

Built in 1949, his former home is a beautiful example of Modernist architecture and once lay at the heart of Hollywood's glittering social scene. Join us as we take a tour...

Frank Sinatra's mid-century modern mansion

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With vast swathes of glass and sleek lines, this marvel is known as Byrdview, one of Hollywood's most famous celebrity estates.

Located on Farralone Avenue, it's nestled amongst the star-studded LA enclaves of Hidden Hills, Sierra Canyon and Viewpoint.

Frank Sinatra's mid-century modern mansion

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The Agency

Some of the most famous people of the 20th and 21st centuries have called Byrdview home. Sinatra lived here in the 1950s and 60s, inviting the Rat Pack and the rest of his exclusive cohort to join him for swinging house parties.

Frank Sinatra's mid-century modern mansion

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The Agency

Yet, this unique property is far more than just a celebrity hotspot. Byrdview is a rare relic, a piece of architectural and art history. It was designed by the legendary William Pereira and remains one of only four homes he built.

Throughout the seven-bedroom house, you'll find vast expanses of floor-to-ceiling windows that embrace the great outdoors, folding outwards and filling the home with natural light and fresh air.

Frank Sinatra's mid-century modern mansion

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The Agency

Naturally, the time capsule celebrity home offers ample room for entertaining. In fact, this kitchen is one of two in the house and comes equipped with a bar, ready to greet guests with refreshments upon arrival.

If you were wondering just how much room the celebrity tenants had to entertain in, the property spans a whopping 8,161 square feet, including space for 100 cars out front – more than enough space for one hell of a party!

It’s not a Hollywood home if there’s not an incredible view over the Californian valleys. As a plus, the agricultural zoning of this estate allows for the next tenants to cultivate their own vineyard should they wish.

Frank Sinatra's mid-century modern mansion

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The Agency

As one of LA’s most glamorous retreats, it welcomed the vow renewal of Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli, and Marilyn Monroe is rumoured to have stayed in the guest house. In more recent years, it's been the filming location for smash hits like DreamgirlsTransformers and Mad Men. International superstars Rihanna, Usher and Mariah Carey have also filmed music videos at Byrdview.

With views like these, it's no wonder it's somewhat of a celebrity hotspot. At the end of 2018, the home was listed for $12.5 million (£9.8m) but was mysteriously removed from the market in 2019.

Howard Hughes' Spanish Revival mansion

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Howard Hughes was one of the most eccentric, talked-about characters of Golden Age America. An entrepreneur, aviation pioneer and film producer, he dated film stars, made movies and – fittingly for one of the richest men in the country – lived in some truly incredible properties.

The home he lived in during the peak of his creative career hit the market in July 2023 for an impressive $23 million (£18m). Let's take a look around...

Howard Hughes' Spanish Revival mansion

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Smith & Berg

Standing right on the 8th green of Wilshire Country Club, where Hughes himself used to golf, the Hancock Park home was first designed for a socialite by master architect Roland E. Coate in 1926.

Today, the 10,179-square-foot half-moon-shaped estate exudes "timeless charm", according to the listing, retaining wood-beamed ceilings and red clay floor tiles, but it has been given a modern update and now has contemporary style interiors.

Howard Hughes' Spanish Revival mansion

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Smith & Berg

Perhaps a nod to the Golden Age of Hollywood or even Hughes' Midas touch when it came to business, the kitchen gleams gold, thanks to polished brass countertops and matching wall tiles.

The kitchen flows into a large family room with floor-to-ceiling fitting bookshelves, which in turn flows outside into one of the home's many secluded outdoor areas.

Howard Hughes' Spanish Revival mansion

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Smith & Berg

The house even appeared in the Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator. The exterior of the Spanish Revival mansion featured in the film, while the interiors were recreated in the studio. Leonard DiCaprio famously depicted Hughes in the 2004 film, alongside Cate Blanchett, who played Katherine Hepburn.

Directed by Martin Scorcese, the film was hailed as "a gorgeous tribute to the Golden Age of Hollywood" and garnered 11 Oscar nominations, winning five.

Howard Hughes' Spanish Revival mansion

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Smith & Berg

As well as eight bedrooms and 12 bathrooms, the home also features – appropriately enough – a screening room and an attached guest residence. Set around a cobbled courtyard, it's hidden away behind a tall hedge and solid electric gates, which combine to exude an air of privacy.

Suffering life-long Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and severe pain caused by several plane crashes, the troubled Hughes – who became reclusive later in life – is said to have found sanctuary at the home.

Howard Hughes' Spanish Revival mansion

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Smith & Berg

Although he could have afforded almost any home he wanted, Hughes spent his later life living in one hotel after another, notably buying many hotels and casinos in Las Vegas.

Ironically, despite surviving multiple plane crashes, the larger-than-life character died from kidney failure while onboard a Lear jet in 1976. His legacy lives on through his contribution to aviation, the films he shot and in this home. With such a rich history, it's not surprising it's listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Alfred Hitchcock's Bel Air sanctuary

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Although English by birth, Sir Alfred Hitchcock is one of the best-known Hollywood directors of all time.

With multiple iconic films to his name, such as Psycho, To Catch a Thief and Vertigo, the influential figure was nominated for five Best Director Oscars, although shockingly he never won. Luckily his films fared somewhat better, garnering 46 Academy Award nominations and winning six.

Alfred Hitchcock's Bel Air sanctuary

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Hitchcock left England for Hollywood in 1939. Although the director initially lived in an apartment on Wiltshire Boulevard, he ended his days in this charming Bel Air bungalow, where he lived until his death in 1980, aged 80.

Bordering the 15th fairway of the Bel-Air Country Club golf course, this pretty house is not the home you might expect for the creator of numerous terrifying thrillers.

Alfred Hitchcock's Bel Air sanctuary

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Compass

According to the listing, the four-bedroom, five-bathroom home was originally created by renowned designer-builder Carlton Burgess in 1942 and was snapped up by Hitchcock shortly after it was finished.

After his death, it was sold and given an extensive makeover in 1983, including this large living room with its impressive, vaulted ceiling.

Alfred Hitchcock's Bel Air sanctuary

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Compass

Although the décor is what The Robb Report tactfully describes as "out of step with current decorative trends", it's no doubt unique.

The characterful home certainly caught several eyes when it hit the market in June 2023 at just shy of $8.3 million (£6.5m) and it was subject to multiple offers, with the eventual buyer stumping up a shade over $8.8 million (£6.9m) for the historic home.

Alfred Hitchcock's Bel Air sanctuary

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Compass

The new owners – said to be the founder of TV production company Eyeworks and his wife – will no doubt give the bijou home an extensive remodel.

They previously owned a 33,000-square-foot mansion nearby, which they sold in 2021 for $70 million (£54.9m) to The Weeknd, who shot his 'disastrous' HBO show The Idol there.

Alfred Hitchcock's Bel Air sanctuary

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Compass

Standing on almost two-thirds of an acre, the home is tucked away behind a dense wall of shrubs and trees. This gorgeous loggia perfectly combines with the outdoor space to further elevate the feeling of secluded sanctuary.

We can just imagine the marvellous Mr Hitchcock reclining here, notepad in hand, dreaming up his next chilling tale.

Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio's Mediterranean villa

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The poster girl of 1950s and 60s Hollywood, Marilyn Monroe is arguably the most famous actress of cinema's Golden Age, with a legacy that has long outlived her 36 years.

Best known for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Some Like It Hot, the multi-talented performer was a child of the Great Depression and grew up in poverty. Her incredible homes were a far cry from the foster homes she bounced between growing up.

Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio's Mediterranean villa

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Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

These days we're used to a plethora of celeb homes hitting the market each month, but nestled in the picturesque Hollywood Hills, the famed honeymoon home of Marilyn and Joe DiMaggio truly is an iconic slice of old screen history.

Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio's Mediterranean villa

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Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

This dramatically beautiful home on Castilian Drive harks back to classic Mediterranean architecture and wouldn’t be out of place on Italy’s enchanting Amalfi Coast thanks to its light, bright and airy feel.

Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio's Mediterranean villa

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Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

The celebrity couple, known for their turbulent relationship, lived here briefly following their headline-hitting wedding in 1954.

Outpost Estates, where the property is located, is considered among the most exclusive areas in the Hollywood locale.

Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio's Mediterranean villa

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Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

The rustic aesthetic continues throughout the house and is prevalent in one of the property's five gorgeous bathrooms.

Sold in 2019 for a shade over $2.7 million (£2.2m), we can easily imagine relaxing and unwinding in this luxurious spa-like space.

Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio's Mediterranean villa

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Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

A Hollywood home is incomplete without a sun-soaked terrace for hosting your celebrity circle. This one is found behind huge double doors and looks out over a dazzling canyon.

Tucked away at the bottom of the garden and shrouded with trees, a grotto-like pool completes the exotic majesty of this enchanting home. As magical now as it was when the world's most famous blonde lived here, we think this is one house that will always have star quality.

James Dean's Spanish-style hacienda

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James Dean's legendary acting career lasted just five years before he tragically died in a car crash in 1955 at the age of 24.

Known for his roles in Rebel Without a Cause and East of Eden, Dean got his lucky break due to his early career as a property handyman.

James Dean's Spanish-style hacienda

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The Agency

Perched on the east side of the Hollywood Hills, this beautiful Spanish-style villa on Quebec Drive was where the tragic cultural icon was first discovered and where he began his all-too-short career.

James Dean's Spanish-style hacienda

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The Agency

According to Hollywood history, the aspiring actor lived in the downstairs suite of the home where he worked as the caretaker for Hal B Wallis, head of Warner Brothers studios.

At one of Wallis’ many exclusive get-togethers, frequented by acting royalty, Dean was quickly discovered by an executive who cast him in the seminal role of troublemaker Jim Stark in Rebel Without A Cause.

James Dean's Spanish-style hacienda

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The Agency

The property sits on an 11,600 square feet lot, with the guest suite where Dean lived as he launched his career located below the main house.

To this day, the wing is kept as private quarters for visitors, though it lacks none of the luxuries of the main house.

James Dean's Spanish-style hacienda

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The Agency

The guest suite can be accessed via a staircase which opens out into lavish living quarters, or through a private entrance in the garden which leads into Dean’s old bedroom.

The iconic actor’s former bedroom may be modest in size compared to most A-list pads, but we think this is a pretty swell space for the young star to call home before he made his millions.

James Dean's Spanish-style hacienda

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The Agency

Dean's dwelling also had its own spacious living area, complete with a roaring fireplace – not too shabby for a live-in handyman. Unsurprisingly, the home last sold in 2018 for $3.8 million (£3m).

Liberace’s secret West Hollywood townhouse

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Allan warren / Wikimedia [CC BY-SA 3.0]

American pianist, singer and actor Liberace was known and loved for his flamboyant costumes and trademark candelabras, which he would place on top of his piano before a performance.

The one-of-a-kind showman even had a movie made about his life, Behind the Candelabra, which starred Michael Douglas, Matt Damon and Rob Lowe, proving that his musical legacy is still enduring.

Let's take a look at the musician's secret West Hollywood townhouse...

Liberace’s secret West Hollywood townhouse

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Westside Estate Agency

Amazingly, the property was built by MGM Studios in 1937 and is part of The Shoreham, a private cluster of 15 apartments and townhouses that were designed to house the film company's prized stars.

The Regency-inspired estate is set behind iron gates and is surrounded by tranquil gardens and koi ponds, just above Sunset Boulevard.

Liberace’s secret West Hollywood townhouse

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Sotheby's International Realty

Reportedly, everyone from Janet Leigh to Veronica Lake and Katherine Hepburn lived on the West Hollywood estate.

This pad, considered one of the largest townhouses on the street, became the secret hideout of Liberace in the 1970s. Before the pianist moved in, the place belonged to Barbara Marx, the fourth wife of Frank Sinatra.

Liberace’s secret West Hollywood townhouse

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Sotheby's International Realty

The secluded spread spans 2,360 square feet and, even though it was once owned by Liberace, the interior is demure.

Every single room is overflowing with gorgeous original features that have been lovingly preserved or restored over the years. These include its elegant walnut floors, high ceilings with decorative crown mouldings, stately Italian marble fireplaces and wrought-iron balustrades.

Liberace’s secret West Hollywood townhouse

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Sotheby's International Realty

Across the home's four floors you'll find a light-filled entrance hall with elegant columns, a formal living room, a newly upgraded chef's kitchen with a breakfast nook, plus three bedrooms and four bathrooms.

There are two master suites, with the large primary suite featuring oversized closets.

Liberace’s secret West Hollywood townhouse

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Westside Estate Agency

The townhouse is topped by a roof terrace, equipped with a shaded dining zone and a screen for alfresco movie nights. Plus, just look at that view!

In April 2022, the spread landed on the market with a surprisingly low asking price of $2.9 million (£2.3m), eventually selling for $2.6 million (£2m). The glam home underwent a striking renovation before it was relisted, selling in November 2023 for a shade under $3.1 million ($2.4m).

Cary Grant's hillside hideaway

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Robert Coburn Sr / Getty Images

During the height of this career, which saw him star in classics like North by Northwest and Holiday, Cary Grant resided in a stunning hillside mansion.

The palatial pad can be found right next door to the iconic Playboy Mansion, but it's also just 10 minutes away from the world-famous Sunset Strip, making it perfectly located for a Hollywood legend.

Cary Grant's hillside hideaway

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The Agency / Rodeo Realty

The single-storey house was built in 1934 and spans an impressive 7,371 square feet. Yet despite its age, the house likely looks a lot different than it did when Grant owned the place, thanks to a recent internal renovation.

Bright, beautiful and filled with natural light, the property has an easy interior flow and boasts both open rooms and cosy spaces for unwinding.

Cary Grant's hillside hideaway

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The Agency / Rodeo Realty

Blending contemporary design with historic touches, there are still plenty of characterful details that reveal the home's history.

From natural timber floors to full-height porcelain fireplaces, steel-framed Crittall-style doors, original built-ins, panelled ceilings and porthole windows, there's much to like about this period property.

Cary Grant's hillside hideaway

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The Agency / Rodeo Realty

There are eight bedrooms and 10 bathrooms across the estate, as well as a modern kitchen, media room, gym and office. The luxurious celebrity bedroom comes with his-and-hers-bathrooms and dual closets.

Cary Grant's hillside hideaway

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The Agency / Rodeo Realty

There's also a stunning family room with a vaulted wood ceiling and a chic bar. Perhaps Grant hosted lavish parties in this space, with the likes of Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and James Stewart in attendance...

Elsewhere, you'll find private guest quarters with a bedroom and kitchenette – perfect for VIP visitors.

Cary Grant's hillside hideaway

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The Agency / Rodeo Realty

Most of the rooms are arranged around the backyard, allowing for direct access to the enclosed half-acre lot. The ultimate party house, outside you'll find a tranquil oasis with plenty of entertaining areas. There's a swimming pool, porch swing and an expansive rooftop deck that provides enchanting views across the lights of Los Angeles.

In 2021, the Hollywood classic landed on the market in December 2023 for almost $9 million (£7.1m). The house was being sold by singer-songwriter Betty Moon but, after several price changes, the listing was removed shortly afterwards.

Yvette Mimieux's Bel Air estate

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Silver screen star Yvette Mimieux and her husband Howard Ruby owned "one of Bel Air’s prettiest homes" for more than 40 years.

Half-French, half-Mexican, Mimieux was born in LA and hit the TV screen at the age of 17 before going on to write and star in multiple films, even earning three Golden Globe nominations. Her marriage to Ruby, a property magnate, was her third, having first married at 17 and hiding the union for two years.

Yvette Mimieux's Bel Air estate

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The power couple bought the house in 1979 and have maintained its exquisite Mediterranean design, likening the property to a bejewelled Fabergé egg – and once you step inside you might just understand why.

Known as 'Il Sogno' (which translates to 'The Dream'), the property has been described as one of the great "true" Bel Air estates.

Yvette Mimieux's Bel Air estate

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Compass

Dating back to 1928, the interior was inspired by the glistening villas found on Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Grand and opulent, the 12,000-square-foot home is kitted out with hand-painted beamed ceilings, carved stone fireplaces, green marble and large arched windows.

Yvette Mimieux's Bel Air estate

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Compass

There are six bedrooms and eight bathrooms, as well as a ballroom-sized party room and a formal dining room. One of the bedrooms has been finished with a dramatic domed ceiling, decorated with frescoes, while this orangery is almost too grand to be true.

The interiors were designed by Kalef Alaton, who was responsible for the rooms found at the iconic Hotel Bel-Air. Every space is filled with antique rugs, classic paintings and refined upholstery.

Yvette Mimieux's Bel Air estate

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Compass

Elsewhere on the one-acre estate, you'll find a four-car garage and a characterful wine cellar where intimate tastings can be enjoyed.

Step outside and you'll find spectacular grounds that appear plucked from a European estate. There's a tiled swimming pool, elegant fountains, dreamy lawns, formal gardens and specimen trees designed by David Jones, the personal florist of Jackie Kennedy and Elizabeth Taylor, the listing claimed.

Yvette Mimieux's Bel Air estate

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Compass

Ruby sold their longtime home in July 2022 for $35 million (£27.5m), which was $10 million (£7.9m) under their original asking price. He parted with the estate shortly after Mimieux's death in January 2022 at the age of 80.

Ginger Rogers and Lew Ayres' Hollywood Hills hideaway

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Hulton Archive / Getty Images

One-half of the world’s most famous dancing duo, Oscar-winning actress Ginger Rogers was born in Missouri but moved to Los Angeles with her screenwriter mother after she landed a Paramount contract at the age of 18.

Let's take a look inside one of her many stunning homes...

Ginger Rogers and Lew Ayres' Hollywood Hills hideaway

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Estately

In the early 20th century, Rogers and her actor husband Lew Ayres commissioned the design for this bewitching property, located above Los Angeles’ world-renowned Sunset Strip, on a winding road just off of Laurel Canyon Boulevard.

Perfectly positioned, the gorgeous home affords panoramic views over the Los Angeles skyline.

Ginger Rogers and Lew Ayres' Hollywood Hills hideaway

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Estately

The interior of Rogers’ old home, where she lived in the late 1930s, has been given a modern upgrade while retaining many of its original features including wide, arched doorways and open truss ceilings with thick mahogany beams.

Ginger Rogers and Lew Ayres' Hollywood Hills hideaway

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Estately

The home boasts five luxurious bedrooms and four bathrooms, all with plenty of space for a Hollywood leading lady to escape the limelight and enjoy some well-deserved downtime.

Ginger Rogers and Lew Ayres' Hollywood Hills hideaway

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Estately

The most fantastic feature of the home is the alfresco seating area, which opens up completely at the front aspect to allow the warm Californian breeze to blow in.

Ginger Rogers and Lew Ayres' Hollywood Hills hideaway

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Estately

Its gates open to a stunning private courtyard, bursting with lush foliage and fragrant olive trees  the perfect spot to relax and soak up the views. Try not to get too attached though.

This Hollywood Hills gem on Appian Way was sold for just a touch under $4 million (£3.1m) in 2015.

Marlon Brando's architectural abode

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Throughout his impressive career, Marlon Brando was definitely the king of Hollywood, and his home, known as the Laurel View Residence has the hallmarks of a castle or fortress home.

Marlon Brando's architectural abode

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Sotheby's International Realty

The former home of musical star Ann Miller, 8142 Laurel View Drive is an architectural marvel. The house was designed by famed architect AF Leicht, who combined French Renaissance and Spanish Revival architecture to bring his unique vision to life.

Marlon Brando's architectural abode

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Sotheby's International Realty

Stepping into the grand home, there's no chance of forgetting your surroundings. In the lounge, huge picture windows frame majestic panoramas of the Hollywood Hills and the bustling city below.

Marlon Brando's architectural abode

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Sotheby's International Realty

After Brando won the Oscar for On the Waterfront in 1954, he was photographed with his first statuette in this very living room.

The décor is as unique as the building itself, boasting stately stone hearths and Tuscan-style tiled flooring.

Marlon Brando's architectural abode

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Sotheby's International Realty

Each of the home's five bedrooms boasts its own architectural wonders. Here, a clever vaulted ceiling creates volume and space, while a Juliette balcony draws the LA skyline inside. We can only imagine the picture-perfect sunsets you can glimpse from this room.

The home has plenty of bright, airy rooms, fit for gatherings of Brando’s star-studded circle, which included Jack Nicholson, Johnny Depp and the influential writer James Baldwin.

Marlon Brando's architectural abode

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Sotheby's International Realty

This incredible 4,363-square-foot estate, complete with towers, octagonal rooms, and neo-Gothic detailing, was sold for a casual $4.2 million (£3.3m) in March 2021.

Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer's Colonial Estate

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Sunset Boulevard / Corbis via Getty Images

One of the most iconic faces of 20th-century cinema, Audrey Hepburn was born in Brussels, Belgium and moved first to London in 1948, then to Los Angeles, where she landed her first major role in Roman Holiday in 1953, starring alongside Gregory Peck.

Known for her chic personal style, her Bel Air home is certainly a showstopper.

Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer's Colonial Estate

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Jade Mills Estates

Hepburn once lived in this elegant Colonial Revival home on Delfern Drive with her first husband, actor Mel Ferrer.

When it comes to kerb appeal, this property has bags of it thanks to double wrought iron gates, double-height columns and an intricate stone entrance way.

Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer's Colonial Estate

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Jade Mills Estates

Hepburn wasn’t the only celebrity tenant to settle in these hallowed halls: previous residents include Mia Farrow, Eva Gabor and David Niven, making this a truly elite Hollywood estate.

With this palatial sweeping staircase at the heart of the house, every morning would have been a movie moment for Hepburn as she descended the stairs for breakfast.

Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer's Colonial Estate

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Jade Mills Estates

Audrey Hepburn was one of the world’s most beloved Hollywood stars, but during her life she often shied away from the gleam of the spotlight.

Although she had houses dotted around the LA enclave, her heart remained in the sleepy Swiss town of Tolochenaz that she called home.

Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer's Colonial Estate

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Jade Mills Estates

The Holmby Hills home was designed by architect-to-the-stars Paul R Williams who ensured that the timeless dwelling would impress for years to come, utilising the expansive interior space to create a wow-factor home.

Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer's Colonial Estate

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Jade Mills Estates

Originally built in 1938, it’s an exquisite, traditional estate that stretches over 1.1 acres. The vast plot includes the majestic main house, a guest house, staff apartment, tennis courts, manicured gardens and a spacious pool with plenty of surrounding patio areas.

So unsurprisingly, when the Old Hollywood estate, steeped in silver screen history, went on the market in 2019, it sold for an eye-watering $11 million (£8.6m).

James Stewart's longtime mega-mansion

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Even though his last movie hit our screens in 1991, James Stewart, or Jimmy as he is also known, remains one of history's most iconic actors.

The It's a Wonderful Life star enjoyed a film career that spanned almost 60 years, so he had plenty of cash for snapping up real estate across Los Angeles – and it was here that the enduring actor lived for five decades.

James Stewart's longtime mega-mansion

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The palatial property can be found on the coveted North Roxbury Drive in the heart of Beverly Hills, just north of Sunset Boulevard. The Italian-style villa spans more than 15,000 square feet and sits on a spectacular 1.3-acre plot.

James Stewart's longtime mega-mansion

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Though James lived at this address for nearly 50 years, the house has changed dramatically since then. In fact, after he passed away in 1997 at the age of 89, the estate's new owner built a brand-new Mediterranean-inspired villa that still offers plenty of Old Hollywood charm.

Make your way through the home's park-like grounds and you'll find yourself in a lavish entrance foyer. Glistening and grand, the space showcases the home's many high-end fixtures, including inlaid marble, beautiful millwork crown mouldings and coffered ceilings.

James Stewart's longtime mega-mansion

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There are nine bedrooms and 13 bathrooms, as well as plenty of spaces for entertaining and relaxing. The wood-panelled library is perhaps the finest space and oozes classical refinement.

Other key amenities include a screening room, a 1,000-bottle cellar, a tasting room, a gym and a sauna, all of which add to the home's pedigree. The actor may have entertained friends in just such a space, including Alfred Hitchcock, with whom he worked with on four iconic movies: VertigoRear WindowRope and The Man Who Knew Too Much.

James Stewart's longtime mega-mansion

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The master bathroom is seriously vintage, and we love that the space hasn't been modernised. With a central soaking tub, antique dressing tables and a walk-in wardrobe, it's well suited to a Hollywood icon.

With such splendour, it's no wonder that the house sold in 2021 for a cool $35.2 million (£27.6m) after previously being listed for $47.9 million (£37.6m) in 2018.

James Stewart's longtime mega-mansion

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Stewart’s former address is one of the largest in the area and encompasses two lots. The Academy Award-winning actor reportedly purchased the land to expand his beloved garden, Mansion Global suggests.