Judy Garland Went Over the Rainbow for This Home

judy garlandA star was born when this Bel-Air, Calif., home was designed for movie legend and singer Judy Garland. The architect was Wallace Neff, who ushered in Hollywood's Golden Age. And the home, which sits on 2.5 acres, just came on the market for the first time in 35 years at $5.5 million.

Garland built the home, known as the Stone Canyon House among Garland-ophiles, in 1939. Of the many places she roamed, this is the house chosen to be featured on the Stars' Homes postcards of the era, which again, Garland-ophiles say is point worth noting.

She lived here with her mother, Ethel Gumm, until July 1941 when Garland married and moved out. The house was rented for a number of years to celebrities including Quincy Jones, Marvin Gaye and
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the former department store tycoon Jerry Magnin.

Garland began her 45-year Hollywood career as a child star and attained international stardom as an actress in musical and dramatic roles, as well as a recording artist and on the stage. She made more than two dozen movies at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, including the one she is best-known for: The Wizard of Oz. She was successful, yes. judy garlandBut happy, no. She battled personal problems throughout her life and was married five times; she died of an accidental drug overdose when she was just 47, leaving three children including daughter singer-actress Liza Minnelli.

Long considered a gay icon in the 1950s and 1960s, her death is believed to be a contributing factor that sparked the Stonewall Riots which began the modern gay rights advocacy movement.

But back to the house. Well, it's pretty fabulous Bel-Air classic with a great location near the Bel-Air Hotel. It's traditional in style and has a flowing floor plan with large gracious rooms, just the way Wallace Neff would want them. It has five bedrooms and many classic finishes. A remodeled kitchen overlooks the garden. There is a large pool with separate cabanas. And an original writers' cabin is in the private backyard. The home has a circular driveway and two-car garage.

Hugh Evans and Cory Weiss of Partners Trust Real Estate, Brentwood, share the listing.

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