Amanda Seyfried's Big NYC Condo Buy

Actress Amanda Seyfried of "Letters to Juliet,""Big Love,""Mamma Mia!"and "Mean Girls" fame knows how to pick winning roles and buildings. She wanted one of the 103 condos in New York City's Devonshire House bad enough to pay $250,000-plus more than the $1,875,000 asking price of just over $1.9 million for a two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit on the fourth floor.

Although her purchase was made over the summer, word didn't hit the Internet sooner because she purchased her pad through an LLC (Limited Liability Partnership) that does not identify its owner.

Devonshire House was famous long before the 24-year-old actress was born. An Emery Roth-commissioned building (the Duke of Devonshire requested a tower inspired by his London home), it has also been a home to fellow actress Gwyneth Paltrow and playwright Neil Simon. (He leased one of the penthouses.)