Hot Property: Twelvetrees

By Ruth Ryon, Los Angeles Times • April 6, 1997

VIRGINIA MADSEN, who appears in the upcoming courtroom movie "The Rainmaker" with Danny Glover and Danny DeVito, has settled into the former Hollywood Hills estate of early Hollywood screen star Helen Twelvetrees, who died in 1958 at the age of 49.

Madsen, 35, played Dixie DeLaughter in "Ghosts of Mississippi" (1996) and was in "The Prophecy" (1995) and "Candyman" (1992).
She bought the 4,000-square-foot home from Bill Bennett, president of Geffen Records, for just under $1 million, industry sources said. The gated home has a main house with four bedrooms and maid's quarters plus a guesthouse. It was built in the late 1920s for Twelvetrees, who co-starred with Maurice Chevalier in "Bedtime Story" (1933). She was in the early talkie "Her Man" (1930).

Madsen was represented by Jeanine Sales and Bennett was represented by Carole Gillie, both of John Aaroe & Associates at the Pacific Design Center.