Judy Garland Went Over the Rainbow for This Home
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
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. But 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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