With the film industry reeling amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, veteran film industry executive Blair Rich left her high-powered post earlier this year as head of worldwide marketing at Warner Bros. Pictures Group. Officially, she left on her own accord, though the gossip grapevine speculated she was pushed out due to several recent box office bombs and, allegedly, some tension with Warner’s chairman, Toby Emmerich.
Whatever the truth(s) of the matter, Blair, who oversaw the campaigns for megahits “The Joker” and “Aquaman” as well as big misses like “Birds of Prey,” “Richard Jewel” and “The Goldfinch,” celebrated and/or licked her professional wounds by shelling out $6.1 million — a whopping $600,000 more than the seller paid for the property just four months earlier — for a modestly sized home on Malibu’s popular if prohibitively pricey Point Dume.
Now, with a new gig as Brand & Marketing Advisor to Virgin Galactic and a one-acre spread out in Malibu to which she and her film executive husband Zev Foreman can retreat, Rich has put her longtime home in L.A.’s Los Feliz neighborhood up for grabs at $6.795 million. That’s almost 2.5 times what the showbiz couple paid for the place coming up on nine years ago.
Designed by revered architect Paul Williams, the Spanish Colonial Revival home was built in 1927 for actor Lawrence Gray who, so the stories go, lived there with his parents until he married at nearly forty years old. Rich, a native Angeleno, told The Hollywood Reporter that she grew up in a Tudor-style home designed by Williams, felt lucky to own a home designed by the architect, and that “if you like to entertain, his homes are famously known for their incredible flow.”