If you love old movies, then you’re sure to have seen the blazing redheaded film star with bright green eyes alongside Cary Grant, Gregory Peck, Ronald Reagan, and Charlton Heston, just to name a few of her co-starring male mega-stars. She made a big splash due to her very red hair when Technicolor came to the pictures, which earned the actress the title Queen of Technicolor.
Her name was Rhonda Fleming. Her house in 10281 Century Woods Drive, Century City, Los Angeles is for sale for $11,995 million. Most houses are around 2,000 square feet. Miss Fleming’s house is four times that at 9,604 square feet. Set on a little over seven acres, the Los Angeles house offers 24 hour gated-guard security in a small, prestigious community called Century Woods Estate.
The house contains five bedrooms, six baths (two of which are powder rooms,) library, formal dining room, breakfast room, butler’s pantry, chef’s kitchen, and a primary suite on the first floor. The primary suite offers a kitchenette, fireplace, luxurious primary bath, and massive walk in closet. An office, powder room, and staff rooms complete the first floor. An indoor fountain highlights it all.
The second floor offers two bedrooms (one of which is set up as a hair salon.) The guest wing has a separate staircase leading up to a spacious bedroom, sitting room, spa with shower, walk in closet, eat in kitchen and deck overlooking the courtyard with pool. An elevator will get you there. There are two adjoining garages.
But those are just the basics. The real story of Miss Fleming’s house is the soaring two-story living room with beamed ceiling, the murals painted on the walls, floor to ceiling windows allowing all the natural light in the area to come in, columns supporting soaring arches, Juliette balconies, and towering live trees throughout the downstairs. Yes, live trees.
The murals feature tropical scenes in bright blues and greens, which form the perfect background for the trees growing nearby. The rooms are masterpieces of sweeping panoramas, stunning chandeliers, and coffered ceilings.
The Kitchen And Bathrooms
Kitchens and bathrooms sell a house, there’s no doubt about it. This bathroom, however, won’t just sell the house; it’ll blow you away. Imagine tropical trees outside the window as you’re luxuriating in your garden or spa tub beside a roaring fireplace. The columns make it feel absolutely Romanesque. Double vanities in a simply massive room complete the picture.
The kitchen is a dream for anyone who cooks and spends time with their family and guests. Double islands give everyone space to sit and talk or help. There are enough cabinets to store your foods and other kitchen things. All the floor to ceiling windows give cooks plenty of natural light with which to see.
You bet! The floors are tiled in stunning colors and patterns. The bedrooms are carpeted. The windows in the living area extend into skylights, which floods the room with natural light.That and the ginormous rooms are what I love the best about the house. If I wanted to dance around, I’d have plenty of space to do it. And then some. The spas inside the house and the pool outside the house offer family and guests places to luxuriate and admire the scenery.
Who Is Rhonda Fleming?
Flaming red hair and bright green eyes weren’t so common in the golden era of film. Born Marilyn Louis in Hollywood CA on August 10, 1923, the film star began her acting career in Beverly Hills High School. When her face hit the big screen, the American actress Rhonda Fleming took the movie world by storm.
She was in all the big pictures such as Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound. A find of David O. Selznik, she was lent to several studios to make pictures with their stars. She worked alongside Randolph Scott in Abilene Town and with Kirk Douglas in the film noir Out of the Past.
Rhonda wasn’t established, though, until she took the part Deann Durbin didn’t take in the movie A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur’s Court. Singing with Bing Crosby told us that she could sing beautifully and showed comedic talent. This was the Technicolor film in which her hair and eyes showed to best advantage.
During the 50s, Rhonda established a nightclub act in Las Vegas, with which she toured quite a bit. She starred on many of the earliest variety shows in which she sang and performed skits with hosts like Red Skelton. She worked in television after that in such shows as Death Valley Days, McMillan and Wife, and Wagon Train, to name a few of the biggest shows of the era.
Meanwhile, Rhonda kept up her nightclub act, invested in real estate, recorded an album, and worked for charities like cancer care. Her fifth husband, Ted Mann, and she set up the Rhonda Fleming Mann Clinic for Women’s Comprehensive Care in the UCLA Medical Center. She and Mann worked tirelessly for those with cancer, the homeless, women, and children.
Mann and Fleming bought the house soon after they were married in 1977. He passed away in 2001 while Fleming passed in 2020 at the age of 97.