Here's what we know for sure: until 2002, this handsome-but-severely-outdated house in Los Feliz belonged to Mary Sue Hubbard, the third/last wife of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard (and the one said to have heavily inspired Amy Adams's character in The Master). Since her death in 2002, ownership of the house has bounced around between a trust, her daughter Diana, and lyricist Neville Potter (known for his work with Chick Corea), who helped care for Mary Sue at the end of her life. And now here's the (amazing) rumor: according to the Scientology-debunking website The Underground Bunker, the house has really essentially belonged to Tzu, Mary Sue's beloved Shih Tzu; her will stipulated it could not be sold as long as the dog was alive. The dog died last summer, 11 years after its owner, and now the house is up for sale.
Mary Sue and L. Ron married in 1952 and she was a major (and allegedly punishing) force in the early Church of Scientology; she led its Guardian's Office, which was in charge of handling any "threat of great importance" to the organization, according to Jon Atack's book A Piece of Blue Sky. The FBI began investigating the GO's activities in the late 1970s and in 1979 Mary Sue was convicted on one charge of conspiracy; in 1983 she was sent to prison for five years (she served one). Her husband seems to have completely abandoned her around 1980, but the church reportedly gave her this house after her release.
In a post last summer, The Underground Bunker said that with Tzu's death, the family can finally sell the house on tony Chislehurst, which was built in 1936 and comes with four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, a pool, a dining room with wood-paneled walls, and patios on .31 acres. The listing notes that it "has been in the family for nearly 30 years." Asking price is $2.495 million.
· Mary Sue Hubbard's Last Will Fulfilled: Her Dog Bereft of Life, It's Time to Sell Her House! [The Underground Bunker]
· 2345 Chislehurst Dr Los Angeles, CA 90027 [Coldwell Banker]