If you want to see movie stars' homes, but you don't really feel like spending all day driving around the hills of West L.A. looking for addresses, here's a simple shortcut: from Hollywood, just take Sunset Boulevard to Roxbury Drive in Beverly Hills (three blocks west of Rodeo Drive), and turn north.
On this single street,
you'll find a remarkable number of stars' homes.
Just a short drive farther
north takes you to a spot where you'll find three major stars' homes
in a row, on the east side of the street.
N. Roxbury (in what was once the home of legendary songwriter GEORGE
GERSHWIN), lived singer ROSEMARY
CLOONEY (who starred in 1954's "White Christmas,"
and is George Clooney's
aunt ). Her husband also lived here: actor JOSE FERRER,
best known for 1950's "Cyrano De Bergerac."
One of .George Gershwin's best friends and greatest admirers was fellow pianist, actor, and and acerbic wit, OSCAR LEVANT, the man who coined the term "Tinseltown" for Hollywood. Oscar lived just south of Jimmy Stewart, at 905 Roxbury Drive.
And two doors away (at 1015
Roxbury) was the home of actress Dianne Keaton,
star of "Reds," "Looking for Mr. Goodbar," "Father
of the Bride," "Annie Hall" and other Woody
A few houses up the road...
At 1021 Roxbury, you'll find the former home of George Gershwin's brother, composer IRA GERSHWIN, who wrote the lyrics to "Porgy & Bess" and such hit songs as "Fascinating Rhythm," "The Man I Love," "Someone to Watch Over Me," "I Got Rhythm" and "They Can't Take That Away From Me."
Next door to Ira's house, at 1023 Roxbury Drive, is the former home of AGNES MOOREHEAD, best known as the witchy mother-in-law on TV's "Bewitched." It was also once the home of film legend SPENCER TRACEY. (Unfortunately, the original house has been replaced by a more modern one.)
And if we're going to mention 'Endora', we have to tell you that actress Elizabeth Montgomery ('Samantha Stevens' on "Bewitched") also lived on the same street, at 911 N. Roxbury: This was her home until her untimely death. Before Elizabeth, it was the home to Warner Baxter - movie star in the 1920's through the 1940's, he was the original "Cisco Kid" in the movies, and starred in musicals such as "42nd Street" and dramas such as "Kidnapped."
1025 N. Roxbury: Polly Bergen - (actress, she hosted her own TV show in the late 1950's, was a long-time a panelist on "To Tell the Truth," starred in movies such as the original "Cape Fear" (she played Gregory Peck's wife), and numerous TV movies through the 80's and 90's, including the epic "The Winds of War" miniseries.
721 N. Roxbury, was the home of NELSON EDDY, the singer/actor famous for his MGM musicals with Jeanette MacDonald such as "Rose-Marie," "Naughty Marietta," and "Maytime." [Actually, Nelson apparently liked to move a lot. This was just one of his former addresses. He also owned homes at 729 Maple Drive, 703 N. Alpine Drive, and 485 Halvern (Fred MacMurray moved into that one after Nelson left.) and his last home was at 166 Ashdale Place, in Brentwood.]
708 Roxbury, you'll
find the home of actress NANETTE FABRAY,
perhaps best known today as Anne Romano's mother on the TV sitcom
"One Day At A Time," and as the real-life aunt of actress
Shelley Fabares ("Coach.")
Other stars with homes on Roxbury Drive include:
When you're driving north on Roxbury Drive, the odd-numbered addresses
are on the left (west) side of the street, and the even-numbered
addresses are on the right (east) side of the street. Fortunately,
the house numbers are stenciled in white on the curb outside each home.)
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