Thursday, April 14, 2011

Jodie Foster Lists Vine Covered Crib in Beverly Hills

SELLER: Jodie Foster
LOCATION: Beverly Hills, CA
PRICE: $9,975,000
SIZE: 7 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Thanks to a quick-fingered informant we'll call Greg Gotstheskinny, Your Mama just learned that child star turned accomplished actor/director/producer Jodie Foster has heaved one of her two known homes in Los Angeles, CA on the market with an asking price of $9,975,000.

Miss Foster, now in her late 40s, has lived in the exhausting glare of Tinseltown's limelight since 1976 when she was nominated for an Oscar at the awkward age of 14 for her chilling portrayal of a pre-teen prostie in the phenomenal and iconic Martin Scorsese film Taxi Driver with Robert De Niro. Since then Miss Foster has won a pair of Academy Awards, one for The Accused and another for Silence of the Lambs. She received a fourth Oscar nomination in 1994 for Nell. She's also won a couple Golden Globes, a Screen Actors Guild award, People's Choice award and two Emmy nominations. Beehawtcha is Hollywood royalty even though she eschews publicity and prefers to remain almost entirely out of the public eye.

Some of these shameless attention-hungry starlets who flit around Hollywood nowadays–you know who you are–could take a lesson in career management from Miss Foster who has flourished and succeeded in the hard-edged entertainment industry without the help of tabloids and gossip glossies. But that's really another admonishment for another time.

Records indicate Miss Foster purchased the property, located on an elevated lot in a prime area of the Beverly Hills flats just above Sunset Boulevard, in July 2005 for $8,100,000. The Los Angeles County tax man shows the 1949 Connecticut country/Cape Cod style rancher measures 5,484 square feet but, honestly chickens, that seems on the wee side to Your Mama since listing information shows there are 7 bedrooms and 8 poopers on the property.

Listing information also shows the house sits on nearly an acre of gated grounds that include a circular drive, swimming pool, spa and lighted north/south oriented tennis court. Several years ago our deep throat informant Lucy Spillerguts snitched to Your Mama that Miss Foster was engaged in a remodel of the Bev Hills residence however we really don't know how extensive the (planned) overhaul was, if any of it was actually completed or–to be honest–if Miss Foster and her children ever even moved into the house. What we do know is that current listing information reads, "Build your dream estate on this lush park like setting" a call to action that indicates to Your Mama that the house is–at best–a fixer upper or perhaps even a tear down.

Somewhat ironically, Miss Foster's Bev Hills house–conveniently walking distance to the Polo Lounge at the swoon-worthy and celebrity-friendly Beverly Hills Hotel–was previously owned by Burt Reynolds's long time female companion singer/actress Dinah Shore. Miz Shore was not a lesbian but her name has become somewhat synonymous with lady-luvin' ladies due to the number of Sapphic sisters who flock in Birkenstock-wearing droves to Palms Springs each year for the lesbionic extravaganza known as the Dinah Shore Weekend.

Now listen kids, Your Mama is well aware that there are scads and scores of lesbian women who do not fit the crunchy-granola Birkenstock wearing stereotype. Indeed, our pill-poppin' lipstick lezzie pal Miss Jolene–a smart and sassy city girl who's about as far from the Birkenstock-wearing set as one can be–is currently camped out in our guest room. So save your righteous anger about the problem with stereotypes for someone else, okay?

Anyhoodles poodles, Miss Foster, a deeply private person who only recently came out of the proverbial homosexual closet, continues to own a 5,357 square foot residence above the Sunset Strip in the star-stocked Bird Streets neighborhood. The 5 bedroom and 7 bathroom house–and also an East Coast-y Cape Cod-ish style number–was purchased for an undisclosed amount of money in April of 1995. The seller was former model Cheryl Tiegs.

listing photos: Hilton & Hyland

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mam, you are rockin' it out on a Thursday afternoon! you are clearly properly rehydrated after your time in the desert:) Whoohooo! Mama's on a roll......look out chillins, now we just need StPSnowman and LGB to weigh in!

Anonymous said...

Are you absolutely sure that Dinah was not a lesbian or a bi? I ask because being a "long time companion" of Burt Reynolds seems suspicious to me. Burt I suspect on the grounds of a few minutes of a Simpson's episode. Perhaps you will recall it. Homer was fearful Bart was being homosexualized by an acquaintance, so Homer took him out to shoot a deer to make him a real male "like Burt Reynolds" Knowing the Simpson's taste for irony I thought that was a strong clue re Burt.

StPaulSnowman said...

Foster's performance in "Silence" was genius on every level. She is remarkable in having escaped the unstoppable cuisinart of tabloid journalism and survive the dreck of Maverick and the creature who couldn't speak and drooled on Liam Neeson. What is unbelievable is that she would own and then ask nine million clams for a metastasizing rambler on a single acre. I would buy Gray Craig and spend the extra three million recreating the interiors so beautifully seen in the b&w photos in the Acanthus Press Lindeberg volume. They were magnificent and worth looking up. The exterior beauty cannot be remotely appreciated in the contemporary listing photos. I wish I could share my copy with all Mamaz Chillun'.

Mama'sBoy said...

Do any other of the children remember that c. 1990's SNL skit of "Clarice" going to question "Hannibal" in prison and the dialog led to a hilarious climax as talk of a "pap schmear" was hashed out? I am still laughing at this distant memory!!!

Mama'sBoy said...

This is ALMOST just as good:
http://youtu.be/fTkoWkUJMOI
xx

Carla In California said...

If only Lindsay Lohan would take a cue from Jodie Foster on how to handle Hollywood and the media....

luke220 said...

I wouldn't change a thing!

Anonymous said...

Ms. Foster has what many of the starlets lack - actual talent.

Lady J

SentPacking said...

Mz. Foster has been out for at least 3 or 4 years now. Hardly recent.

King Anchovy said...

how bad is that house inside that the realtor doesn't want to show ANY interior pics? Wow I'm so curious!

Anonymous said...

King,there are pictures of the interior if you look hard enough.

Viva! said...

It's gorgeous! I just love it.

Sheree R. Curry said...

King, Aol Real Estate posted 50+ pics of the inside of Jodie's home. See: http://realestate.aol.com/blog/2011/04/15/jodie-foster-lists-beverly-hills-home-for-10m/

lil' gay boy said...

How refreshing that Miz Foster's "recent" (or not so recent) outage is such a non-event.

Perhaps we are evolving.

A non-descript, yet certainly not undistinguished, mid-block MCM with great potential for a simple fluff 'n' tuck or full tilt face-lift. Good bones. Thanks for the pics, Sheree.

Carla Ridge said...

The minute i saw that cathedral-cielinged window I recognized it as Dinah's old place. The architect of that addition was the highly under-appreciated Edward "Ted" Grenzbach, who designed houses for many Hollywood types, including Polly Bergen and Freddie Fields. He was a master of warmth, space and proportion...except in his drinking, which was out-sized beyond belief. What a character -- they don't make 'em like THAT anymore!

kim23 said...

Jodie Foster is selling her Beverly Hills home for almost $2 million more than she bought it for? unbelievable....I think her real estate agent Michael Libow will find very hard a buyer for this ranch home. The house costs a lot of money....

Miss Jolene said...

Mark David! You wash your mouth out right now, young man. You represented me to the chillen' or whatever the hell you call these people as a pill popper. I resent that! I carefully follow the directions of my dear Dr K and take my medicine as prescribed, thank you very much. You are a dear for correcting the notion that us sapphicanians only wear birkenstocks. Balenciaga is more like it for a small cadre of us.

Love the mention and your attention to detail—in general—and specifically on the Foster property. No one could ever claim Daddy doesn't do his homework.

Kisses,
Miss Jolene