“I’ve been takin’ on a new direction,” so sings Tina Turner in her 1984 hit “What’s Love Got to Do with It.” The residence the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll shared with her former husband, Ike, for over a decade also headed in a new direction in recent years, transforming from a retro relic into a modernized midcentury stunner!
Located at 4263 Olympiad Dr. in Los Angeles’ View Park neighborhood, the ranch-style dwelling was originally built in 1956 and features four bedrooms and five baths in just under 3,000 square feet.
Being the Turners’ former home is not its only claim to fame, though! In a highly unique case of art imitating life, the pad also played the couple’s residence in “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” the 1993 film about Tina’s (played by Angela Bassett) meteoric and rather harrowing rise to fame. While based on the singer’s 1986 autobiography “I, Tina,” quite a bit of the movie was actually fabricated. As a Los Angeles Times article notes, “The filmmakers took considerable liberties compressing the 40-odd years of Turner’s life covered in the movie. Several scenes are composites of chronologically distant events, and branches of Turner’s family tree were simply ignored.” But at least the main filming location stayed true to life!
Per Mike Bego’s 2003 book “Tina Turner: Break Every Rule,” Ike purchased the one-story property, which sits on 0.21 acres, in 1964 upon receiving a $40,000 bonus for signing a new contract with Sue Records, a scenario that also played out onscreen. (Though Rolling Stone notes that Ike split with Sue in 1964, moving over to Loma, a division of Warner Bros.) By all accounts, including Rolling Stone, Ike shelled out $100,000 for the pad, which the US Inflation calculator counts at about $860,000 in today’s currency. The couple called it home until Tina (who, unbelievably, turns 82 this November!) moved out upon leaving Ike in 1976. He subsequently sold it fully intact and furnished in May of the following year for $115,000.
The buyers fastidiously held on to the place, dated décor and all (right down to the original curtains!) for just shy of four decades, changing virtually nothing during their tenure. As such, it was a no-brainer for the “What’s Love Got to Do with It” production team to make use of the premises.