A residence in West Hollywood that was owned at one time by flamboyant ivory-tinkler Liberace — as well as Olivia de Havilland, et al — appeared on the open market recently.
The 1937-built townhouse at the Shoreham Condominiums spans 2,000 sq. ft. and contains three bedrooms and four baths. Original details of the interiors include the marble French-style fireplace; the outdoor living spaces includes a romantic garden with a water feature and a rooftop deck.
The history of the complex is interesting. A look at the listing information indicates the condos stabled many notable high-profile industry figures during the heyday of the star system; various units at the Shoreham were occupied by Ronald Colman, John Huston, Katherine Hepburn, and Marlene Dietrich. A bit of research reveals the expected: it was built by MGM as company housing.
According to The Los Angeles Times, the Shoreham condo Liberace owned was occupied in the 1970s by Barbara Sinatra, Frank’s fourth wife; listing information indicates Ava va-va-va-voom Gardner was a resident of the building as well. If both sources are correct, this dwelling has the rare distinction of housing two swingin’ wives of Ol’ Blue Eyes.
Liberace was once the highest-paid entertainer in the world. The man who famously “laughed all the way to the bank” and “cried all the way to the bank” had a rather pragmatic approach to show business and let the barbs of critics roll right off his back. He spent lavishly and wasn’t one to shy away from commercial deals; he reportedly scored hundreds of promotional gigs for various companies in spaces that include banking, auto, insurance, and food.