Norma Talmadge was a poor New Jersey girl whose father deserted the family on a Christmas morning and never came back. Norma grew up to become one of the biggest stars of Hollywood’s silent movie era. Progressing from over 200 small film roles in the early 1900s to America’s #1 box office star by 1923, Norma was wealthy when talkies came along and her acting career began to sputter in the late 1920s. She married George Jessel in 1934 and died in Las Vegas in 1957. Hollywood legend credits her with inspiring the Grauman’s Chinese Theater tradition when she accidentally stepped in wet concrete in front of the theater.
Originally built in 1928 for Norma, the Santa Monica beach home was a popular party place for Norma and her A-list movie friends like D.W. Griffith. Though retaining its original Hollywood-style character and charm, the 6,130-square-foot home has been completely updated.
Reimagined by Molori Design, a premier Pacific Ocean beachfront location near the Santa Monica Pier with big views of the bay, the first floor contains a large living room and dining room with fireplaces, a sunroom and two bedrooms.The second level has two master suites with fireplaces and dressing rooms, two additional guest suites and a bath with copper tub. The top level includes a family room and a large bedroom with an ocean view. In addition to the huge beach, outside includes lush gardens, heated pool, pretty fountain, fire pit, dining area and bike paths. Hollywood silent film history preserved. Listed with David Solomon of the Agency for $16.5 million.
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