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The longtime home of Bob and Dolores Hope is expected to soon be put on the real estate market. Located in Toluca Lake, on the corner of Moorpark and Ledge, it’s a lingering reminder that at one time, the San Fernando Valley was the Southern California home to the stars; including Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Barbara Stanwyck, Hugh O’Brian, Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, Steve Allen and Jayne Meadows, Claude Rains, Edward Everett Horton, among others.

Bob and Dolores moved to the 1.34 acres estate in 1939. There is an English-style main house, swimming pool, guesthouse, gardens, and even, a private golf course. No asking price has been revealed. Linda Hope, the couple’s daughter, is conducting a liquidation of assets before the residential landmark can officially change hands.

One hopes that the property will be sold in tact.



A pioneer in the Progressive Jazz movement movement has died. Dave Brubeck was best known for the avant garde use of time signature in his music compositions. His best known piece, Take Five was in 5/4 time; while Blue Rondo a la Turk was created in 9/8 time.

 His collaboration with alto saxaphonist Paul Desmond was legendary. The Dave Brubeck Quartet has been revered for generations by legions of jazz artists, and lovers of the genre, since 1951. In 1954, Brubeck was featured on the cover of Time Magazine, the second jazz musician to be honored (the first was Louis Armstrong on February 21, 1949). Brubeck  found this accolade embarrassing, since he considered Duke Ellington more deserving.


He wrote soundtracks for television, such as Mr. Broadway, and the animated mini-series This Is America, Charlie Brown. The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced Brubeck as an Honoree for exhibiting excellence in performance arts. The 2009 gala was  televised on CBS. In 2010, Clint Eastwood produced Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way, a documentary for Turner Classic Movies to commemorate his 90th birthday in December.

Dave Brubeck was 91, and died on Wednesday; suffering heart failure the day before his birthday. Today’s planned festivities in his honor became a memorial tribute.


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