Tour of the Stars’ Homes: South of Sunset
Start at No. 714 Palm Drive, the elegant home of Faye Dunaway 1, who starred with Warren Beatty in Bonnie and Clyde (1967). Continue south and turn right on Elevado Avenue. The former home of Rita Hayworth 2 is situated on the corner at No. 512 Palm Drive.
At Maple Drive, turn right. No. 720 is the white and green New England-style home of the late George Burns and Gracie Allen 3. Continue north and just before Sunset Boulevard make a sharp left onto Lomitas Avenue. Go two blocks and turn left onto Foothill Road. On the corner, at No. 701, is the unassuming house of Carroll Baker 4. This blonde-haired beauty made her debut in Giant (1956) with James Dean. At one time she was being groomed to be the next Marilyn Monroe.
Turn right onto Elevado Avenue, take the next right onto Alpine Drive, left onto Lomitas Avenue, and left at Crescent Drive. Doris Day’s modest house 5 is barely visible at No. 713, hidden behind a tall hedge and gate. Turn right on Carmelita Avenue and right again at Cañon Drive. The pretty house 6 where Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood once lived can be seen through the low wall at No. 603.
Continue north to the junction with Elevado Avenue. Just across the road, at No. 707 Canon Drive, lush palm trees in the front mark the beginning of Kirk Douglas’s walled and gated property 7.
Turn left onto Elevado Avenue. As you cross Rodeo Drive, look to your right. The lovely home of the late Gene Kelly 8 is at No. 725 Rodeo Drive. This renowned Hollywood icon performed in such classics as An American in
Paris (1951) and Singing in the Rain (1952).
Continue along Elevado Avenue, then turn right on Bedford Drive. The comedian and actor Steve Martin 9 has a home at No. 721. A modern block structure, it has no front windows and can be only partially glimpsed behind a bougainvillea hedge. Lana Turner’s scandal-ridden house 0 at No. 730, on the corner of Bedford Drive and Lomitas Avenue, was where her gangster-lover Johnny Stompanato was stabbed to death with a kitchen knife by her daughter, Cheryl Crane.
Turn right onto Lomitas Avenue, then make a sharp left on Canon Drive.