Laura Ziskin's House on Market
A 1942 Monterey- style traditional home owned since 1997 by the late producer Laura Ziskin is about to come up for sale, her family tells THR. Ziskin, whose credits included everything from Pretty Woman to Spider-Man, died in June at age 61 of breast cancer. After being diagnosed in 2004, she helped raise tens of millions of dollars to fight the disease as co-founder of the nonprofit Stand Up to Cancer.
According to Ziskin's daughter, Julia Barry, a graduate student in psychology, her mother had redone the four-bedroom, 5½-bath property, located on Adelaide Drive in Santa Monica, four years ago. "My mom had spent so much time in the house when she was undergoing treatment that she wanted to create a new environment not just for herself but a haven that was uplifting and beautiful for everyone around her," says Barry.
Ziskin, who married her longtime partner, screenwriter Alvin Sargent, in the yard in 2010, worked with designer Jane Hallworth to create interiors with nature-inspired elements that fall under a theme of renewal. The house's hand-troweled plaster walls have an iridescent wash that calls to mind silver birch trees ("It has a very cinematic effect at night," says Hallworth), and the living room fireplace is done with backlit golden-colored onyx tiles that create a honeycomb effect. "It's such a surprise in a way. You are not expecting this artistry when you walk up to what looks like this colonial house on the outside," says Barry. She notes that the redesign inspired her mother to throw "all these wonderful parties," including a 50th birthday celebration in 2008 for Sony's Amy Pascal inspired by Truman Capote's famed Black and White Ball and Ziskin's own 60th birthday bash in 2010. Says Barry, "It was a joyful place."
The property -- listed with Prudential California Realty's Elisabeth Halsted at $11.85 million -- includes a pool, wisteria-covered pool house, outdoor fireplace and large front balcony with Pacific views.