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Lunching with the New Owner of Aaron Spelling’s Mansion

It’s not every day, even in LA, that a 22-year-old gal buys an $85 million house. And yet, when UK journalist Celia Walden recently broke croutons at the Polo Lounge with fabulously wealthy British heiress Petra Ecclestone, she was told prior to the interview that the latter’s June acquisition of Candy and Aaron Spelling‘s massive Beverly Hills mansion (pictured) was off-limits.

To Walden’s credit, she still managed to edge into that topic-territory, getting the semi-scoop that Ecclestone did not buy the house for her seven dogs.  We should all be so lucky as to live in a world where a 123-room, 27-bathroom manor has this feel:

“I saw a lot of houses and so many were like museums,” Ecclestone said. “This one is quite cozy–it’s a real family house.” And a good investment, she insists, despite barbed comments from her sister’s boyfriend, Omar Kyhami, on how the house, which had been on the market for two years, was a financial “disaster”…

After two months of intensive renovations, “the Manor” is unrecognizable, she says. “We’ve painted it all dark colours–even our bedroom is black.”

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

New Book Celebrates ‘Godfather of Rodeo Drive’

The title of the handsome coffee table adornment written by Rose Apodaca, former west coast bureau chief of Women’s Wear Daily, is a doozy. It reads: Fred Hayman The Extraordinary Difference: The Story of Rodeo Drive, Hollywood Glamour and the Showman Who Sold It All.

But that’s what you get when you rack up a list of accomplishments like the ones owned by the now 86-year-old Hayman. Beginning in 1967 and running through 1998, he rewrote the rules of luxury retail, celebrity clientele hobnobbing, and Aaron Spelling worthy fragrances while at the helm of the Giorgio Beverly Hills boutique. LA Times fashion critic Booth Moore raves about the book’s historical scope and applauds the effort that went into the endeavor:

Apodaca, who now, with her husband, runs her own store–A & R on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice–has been working on the book off and on for the last six years, meeting with Hayman at “his canteen”–Spago–or at his Malibu beach house, where he has a memorabilia room stuffed with Giorgio Beverly Hills logo wear, including sweatshirts, scarves, teddy bears and sunglasses. She also accompanied him to the opera, where she met his friends, including such old school Los Angeles personalities as Esther Williams and the late Mr. Blackwell.

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UPDATE: Famous Crackheads in the Pokey Again

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Yesterday Andrew Blankstein reported that Aaron Spelling‘s brother and Ryan O’Neal were arrested on drug charges, but we got a little update (which we read, um, 17 hours too late) about the case:

LAPD now says they can’t say for sure if it’s Aaron Spelling’s brother or nephew. Candy Spelling‘s publicist is saying it’s the nephew.

The LAT changed the story online. For those of you keeping score.

Famous Crackheads in the Pokey Again

ryan_oneal.jpgAndrew Blankstein has two pieces in the LAT today. One is about Ryan O’Neal and his son being arrested for suspicion of meth. The other one is about Aaron Spelling‘s brother, Daniel Spelling Jr. being arrested on an outstanding felony warrant due to his possession of cocaine.

Do you see a pattern here? We did. So we caught up with Blankstein and asked:

FBLA: Ever worry that you are becoming the Dr Drew of the LAT? The drunken celebrity disaster magnet?

AB: Let’s just say, if this was college, I would be majoring in criminal justice and minoring in celebrity justice.

We say in this town – that’s still major. Thanks Blankstein!

LAT In 90 Seconds

cspel.jpgCandy’s Sweet New View: Wondering where Candy Spelling will move once she leaves the $40 million estate she and the late Aaron Spelling built? (OK, we weren’t wondering either, but Roger Vincent has the info, so might as well read it.) Seem she’s moving into a condo in Century City. A $47 million condo in Century City. Mortgage crisis? What mortgage crisis?

40454508-22073906.jpgBam! Pow! Mom? We’re not sure what to make of this, but Elizabeth Snead is reporting: “Batman/Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) has been arrested for allegedly assaulting his mother and sister. The alleged incident was believed to have taken place on Sunday night at Park Lane’s Dorchester Hotel in London where Bale is staying. Bale’s mother, Jenny, 61, and sister Sharon, 40, are said to have gone to a police station in Hampshire to make the allegation, which was subsequently referred to the Metropolitan Police.”

41135425-21090551.jpgBoob Tube: Federal judges threw out the FCC’s $550,000 “wardrobe malfunction” fine.

Will Keck Moves to TV Guide

celebfwatch-300-lg.jpgLongtime USA Today entertainment columnist Will Keck makes his move to TV Guide to become the senior editor of the mag’s Hollywood bureau.

Keck’s first assignment for the mag will be to cover the TCAs.

Press release follows:

Congrats, Will!

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LAT in 90 Seconds

sonsofhollywood.jpgRich People Are More Interesting Than You, Part XXVII: The sons of Rod Stewart and Aaron Spelling are working with someone Robin Abcarian dubs a “baby mogul” on a reality show about — being the sons of Rod Stewart and Aaron Spelling and a baby mogul. We predict this will be as well-watched as a fatality on the 405 — and have the same bottleneck effect on our nation’s synapses.

nyset.jpgLA is better than NY, Part XXV: In his column today, Scott Collins notes that the Big Apple wants to take a bigger bite out of our economy. He doesn’t really offer any reason why shows like CSI: NY shouldn’t film in the city. But he’s kinda snarky, and we like snark.

longform.jpgCNN Discovers People Want News: The name is ridiculous: CNN: Special Investigations Unit. And the idea is infuriating: a weekly long-form investigative news show — as if the rest of the week, news junkies are satisfied with the self-promotion and garbage that passes for information. But still, good on CNN for premiering an actual news show on Jan. 20.