Pret-a-Reporter

The Pioneer

Austin Hargrave

At 72, Bill is more than just a veteran actor, director and Oscar-winning producer (The Sting). "He's been called the unofficial mayor of Venice," says his wife, producer Helen Bartlett. Thirty-five years ago, Bill established Venice as a film outpost, with postproduction offices for John Landis and Oliver Stone at 73 Market St. From 1984 to 2000, he co-owned industry watering hole 72 Market with Dudley Moore. Since 1998, Bill, Bartlett and daughters Daphne, 11 (left), and Maddie, 14, have lived in an early 1900s bungalow. "There was reputedly a speakeasy in our bedroom," says Bill. "We bought it from Red Shoe Diaries creator Zalman King, who installed a Jacuzzi in the living room." These days, the house exudes more of a homestead vibe thanks to Bartlett, who decorates with folk art and antiques, cans preserves, raises chickens and operates a letterpress. Says Bill, "The only thing we need is a generator."

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