Take One

updated 07/13/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/13/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

In showbiz you are where you live. Real estate is the key to who has been signed, clumped, divorced, defrocked, deflowered, disbarred, arrested, disgraced, married and multiplied. So here's the summer lowdown on the land grab of the rich and famous.

After 18 months on the market Rock Hudson's hilltop hacienda in L.A. has finally been sold for $2.8 million. According to Beverly Hills superbroker Jeff Hyland, reports that the house wasn't selling because of the AIDS scare are what eventually sold the house. Says Hyland: "The negative press worked for us. After an article in one of the London tabloids came out saying no one would buy the house, we started getting lots of calls. People didn't care that someone with AIDS had died there. If they were concerned with that, they didn't come around in the first place." The unnamed new owner is described only as a man in the entertainment industry who is not an actor....

Negative publicity isn't helping Cher unload her place. A few years ago one publication claimed that her Benedict Canyon house was haunted; the $5.3 million, four-bedroom, five-bath house is still available....

Robert De Niro's Brentwood home was highly touchable; it's been bought by Lucie Arnaz and her hubby, actor Laurence Luckinbill, for $1,350,000....

In limbo is the fantasy home of Herve Villechaize in the San Fernando Valley. One person who looked at the house described the place, priced "under $1 million," as "sinister." Says the insider: "Next to all the windows are signs with pictures of guns pointing at you. There are bullet holes in many of the windows, and Villechaize greets you at the door with a gun and warns you not to put your hands in your pockets or else one of the guard dogs will go for you. The dogs have soiled the carpets and chewed the furniture. It's very uncomfortable to be there."...

Now witness this: Kelly McGillis, who only a few years ago worked as a waitress in Brooklyn, is putting the finishing touches on a $600,000-plus town house (also in Brooklyn, circa 1889) that she bought last fall. It is a three-bedroom pad with garden but no tubb; McGillis and actor Barry (Top Gun) Tubb broke up four months ago....

One shy person's place for sale: Garrison Keillor and Danish-born wife Ulla, who have left Lake Wobegon forever, are asking $300,000 for their brown brick house in St. Paul, Minn. The shy pair moved to Copenhagen....

Dustin Hoffman has purchased some residential beachfront in Malibu and with it a mile of commercial property. So he is now the landlord of an aerobics center, video store, florist shop, Chinese restaurant and a pizza parlor. When he told his chum Warren Beatty he wanted to rename the pizza joint Ishtar's, Beatty told him that was perfect. Said Warren: "It'll leave a bad taste in people's mouths."

Edd "Kookie" Byrnes is trying to give his TV past the brush-off. Byrnes will return next year for a 77 Sunset Strip remake with sidekick Efrem Zimbalist Jr. but without comb. "I'm not into that," says Byrnes, now 53 and with less to groom. "I'm more into being believable as an actor than I am worrying about a hairstyle." However, Roger Smith, who went on to marry Ann-Margret, won't be back.

Gary Hart is trying hard to stay out of trouble. In Barcelona recently to attend a conference of the Italian branch of the Aspen Institute, a Colorado think tank for executives, Hart was set to appear on a popular TV talk show. But he abruptly canceled when he found out the identity of another guest: newly elected Italian deputy Ilona Staller, better known as Cicciolina, a former porn star. Hart's reason, according to one report, was that he "did not want to further compromise his political image." Staller had no such concern. "She did everything she could to meet him," says one insider. "It was by sheer miracle and the help of our friends in the Spanish police that we avoided having Hart photographed with her. That's all she was waiting for."

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