It’s common for Hollywood stars to swap houses as often as they swap partners. But when Ryan Seacrest closed the deal on Ellen DeGeneres’ Beverly Hills compound last week, he bought what could be considered the queerest residence in 90210.
According to The Hollywood Reporter , Seacrest is shelling out pretty much close to DeGeneres’ $49 million asking price. Why does he want it so bad? Well, the three-acre property includes a nine-bedroom main house, two guesthouses and a separate three-bedroom house, as well as a swimming pool and large pond. (DeGeneres assembled the compound by combining four separate homes over the past four years.)
But the 9,200-square-foor main residence has a seriously gay pedigree: It was previously owned by out Will & Grace co-creator Max Mutchnick, who sold it to America’s funniest lesbian for $29 million in 2007.
Prior to Mutchnick, it was owned by gay composer Jerry Herman, who brought the world Hello Dolly! and La Cage aux Folles.
Way back in 1972, the house was originally built for The Manchurian Candidate star Laurence Harvey who, according to various accounts, was gay or bisexual: British actor John Fraser claimed that despite three showbiz marriages, Harvey and his manager were longtime lovers. Frank Sinatra’s valet, George Jacobs, claimed in his autobiography that Harvey often made passes at him.
If those walls could talk…
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