The longtime Beverly Hills home of late, lauded and long-married actors Hal Holbrook and Dixie Carter has come up for sale at $8.4 million. Married in 1984, the celebrated showbiz couple owned the 1930s residence for decades.
Squirreled up a long, gated drive high above Beverly Hills, with views across the San Fernando Valley, the elegant residence is a comfortable and deeply personal, if slightly dated reflection of the couple’s personal and professional lives. Filled with memorabilia and numerous portraits of each them, surrounded by trees, and set atop a high bluff on about three-quarters of an acre, there are a total of six bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms throughout the home’s 8,400 square feet.
Beyond the grand foyer, with its portrait of the late lady of the house hanging over the curved staircase, there are formal living and the dining rooms, the former with a tiled fireplace, over which there’s a portrait of Holbrook, and the latter painted a shade of pink very close to Pepto Bismol.
The spacious and partly paneled library is where Holbrook’s collection of Emmys is discreetly displayed on a high shelf; a small office hung with numerous photos of Carter looks across the lawn and over the city; and a breakfast room off the kitchen, with worn wood floors and a serene view, is wrapped in blue-and-white toile wallpaper.
The estate’s grounds include a motor court that will comfortably accommodate a dozen cars, along with grassy gardens and a swimming pool surrounded by brick terracing.
Best known for her role as the sophisticated, stiff-spined southern decorator Julia Sugarbaker on the syndicated 1980 and 90s sitcom “Designing Women,” Carter passed away in 2010, and Holbrook, a five-time Emmy winner whose career spanned seven decades — he is perhaps best known for portraying Mark Twain on stage for more than six decades, and he earned an Oscar nomination at 82 for his role in the 2007 film “Into the Wild,” passed almost exactly a year ago at age 95. The couple are buried alongside one another in McLemoresville, Tenn., where they long maintained a home in the center of the tiny town.