From The Wall Street Journal Online - April 11, 2003

Come On-a Her House

By DANIELLE REED, Staff Reporter of The Wall Street Journal

One of late jazz legend Rosemary Clooney's most famous hits, "Come On-a My House," was probably echoing in the heads of all the would-be buyers checking out her estate in Beverly Hills. After just a few weeks on the market, there appears to be a buyer for her eight-bedroom, six-bath Mediterranean for a bit less than $7.8 million, people familiar with the situation say. The asking price was $8.75 million. Because the deal has yet to close, the buyers' names haven't been recorded, but those close to the situation say the buyer isn't a boldfaced name, unlike some neighbors, who include Madonna and actor Peter Falk. The singer, who died in June 2002 after a long battle with lung cancer, bought the 6,400-square-foot house on about an acre more than 50 years ago. Built in 1928, the home has a formal dining room, two-story entry, expansive lawns, a tennis court, guesthouse and swimming pool. Ms. Clooney became a household name in the early '50s, when she recorded with Columbia Records and starred in 1954's "White Christmas" with Bing Crosby. There's a lot of talent in her family -- Miguel Ferrer ("Crossing Jordan," "Twin Peaks") is her oldest son, actor George Clooney is her nephew, and singer Debby Boone is a daughter-in-law.