Groucho Marx Slept Here? You Bet Your Life

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groucho marxThe longtime Beverly Hills, Calif., home of the late comic legend Groucho Marx -- the one where he carved his initials into the wet cement on the driveway and again by the pool -- just sold for $5.8 million, according to the MLS.

The 1927 Spanish-style estate on an acre had been listed in June at $6,995,000.

Marx, who along with his siblings, the Marx Brothers, made 13 films. He made another 13 without Chico and Harpo too. His trademark greasepaint mustache and eyebrows and always-present cigar, are instilled in American culture -- and his rapidly delivered one-line quips have become pearls of wisdom to live by. What? You would join a club that would have you as a member?

Marx, who famously said he intended to live forever or die trying, may be best known for his radio and TV show "You Bet Your Life." He made no secret for his disdain of television however, saying its real educational value came from the fact that whenever it was turned on, he grabbed a book and went into the other room.

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The house that was just sold was his home for many years and the sellers kept the comedian's initials in cement for the half-century they owned it. The two-story home has 6,000 square feet and some of the original fruit trees planted by Marx. It has eight bedrooms and 6.5 baths.

Marx was 86 when he died in 1977.

Sally Forster Jones and Daniel M. Weiser, both of Coldwell Banker Beverly Hills East office, shared the listing. Jones represented the buyer.



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