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Russell Brand Buys Laurence Olivier's Old Place For $2.224MM

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British comedian Russell Brand is the proud new owner of Laurence Olivier's first house in Los Angeles--could a turn as Hamlet be far behind? Designed by noted architect Roy Selden Price in 1926, the house has an air of English Country on the outside, but the inside is a different story. The living room has an unusual arched ceiling, and the shape is repeated in many of the house's doorways, and now we're wondering how lanky Brand and his hair are ever going to fit through them. The place has been on and off the market for years--we covered it back in 2010 when it was asking $2.595 million, and again after a modest 2011 pricechop, one of many. The house, with its five bedrooms and five and a quarter bathrooms, screening room, fancily-outfitted kitchen, and several outdoor spaces, finally sold for $2.224 million, according to the LA Times.

· Russell Brand buys period home in Hollywood Hills West [LAT]