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Former Hollywood Hills Home of Billy Haines, Tallulah Bankhead

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Our heart skipped a beat when we spotted this listing on the MLS for one unit of a duplex in the Hollywood Hills. Built in 1926, the duplex was once the home of Billy Haines, the legendary interior designer beloved by Old Hollywood glamourpusses such as Joan Crawford, Carole Lombard, and Claudette Colbert.

And according to the book Tallulah!, Haines also rented the home to his friend Tallulah Bankhead for a time in the early 1930s. Alas, the listing is skimpy on pix, and the ones it does have aren't very satisfying. (Anyone else have a pet peeve about photos where a TV is on? We also detest it in Youtube videos.) Nevertheless, here's the description: "Gated, formal entry with amazing panelling, beautiful courtyard patio, incredible living room with high ceilings and fireplace, den or office, spacious kitchen, 3 bedrooms, pets are welcome. Perfect for single or couple with artistic flair." Monthly rent for the unit is $3,995.--Pauline O'Connor

1712 Stanley Ave, #AB, Los Angeles, CA 90046 [The MLS]

"Give Him the Ooh La La" [Youtube]

1712 North Stanley Avenue, Los Angeles