Dominick Dunne's Former Penthouse Goes Up for Sale

cityfile · 12/08/09 09:13AM

Dominick Dunne's Connecticut estate was put up for sale in early October and has been reduced by more than $500,000 since then. (It's currently listed for $1.49 million.) Now the late Vanity Fair scribe's Manhattan apartment has hit the market. The one-bedroom penthouse at 155 East 49th Street, which comes with an expansive terrace and fireplace, is listed for $1.45 million. [Real Estalker, Sotheby's]
• Abigail Wexner, the wife of apparel billionaire Les Wexner, has sold a two-bedroom apartment at 910 Fifth Avenue for $2.4 million. The sixth-floor co-op first went on the market for $3.8 million back in 2007. [Cityfile]
• Barbara Gutmacher Girard is taking another shot at unloading her apartment at The Plaza. Girard bought the two-bedroom condo for $4.74 million in March and put it up for sale three months later for $6.95 million, before pulling it off the market in September. Now it's been relisted with a much steeper price tag of $8.995 million. [Cityfile, BHS]
• Literary agent Dan Strone, whose clients include Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and Chris Rock, has paid $1.8 million for a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment at 29 East 64th Street. [Cityfile]

Prejean Unravels, Tyson Erupts & LiLo's Latest

cityfile · 11/12/09 07:30AM

• Did you catch dethroned beauty queen Carrie Prejean's hissy fit on Larry King Live last night? It was awkward TV at its finest. [TMZ, YouTube]
• Mike Tyson had a meltdown of his own yesterday. When a paparazzo got a little too close for comfort at LAX, Tyson dropped the photog to the floor with one punch to the face. Both men were later arrested. [LAT, NYDN]
• The latest recorded phone call courtesy of Michael Lohan has Dina Lohan telling her ex that "time is running out" for Lindsay and she's started drinking again. As for how LiLo feels about having her dad air the family's dirty laundry: "My father knows nothing other than now to sell stories for money instead of getting a real job like normal people do, including myself." Lindsay is a normal person with a real job? Who'd have guessed? [Radar, MSNBC]
Marc Jacobs and Lorenzo Martone were supposed to get married over the summer. But it never happened and now Martone says the couple's decided to wait until after the holidays to tie the knot. "Who wants to get married during a busy season like this? I don't want my friends having to use their lunch break to get me gifts." How thoughtful! [P6]

For Sale: Dominick Dunne's Home in Connecticut

cityfile · 10/06/09 10:30AM

Dominick Dunne—chronicler of crime and society, best-selling author, Vanity Fair contributor, and cable television host—died in August after a long battle with cancer. His weekend house in Connecticut is now up for sale. The three-bedroom home in Lyme, which was once featured in Architecural Digest (above) and which, according to the broker, is "immediately recognizable from Mr. Dunne's television shows and documentaries," is listed for $2.1 million. You'll find a few photos of the house below.

Dominick Dunne, Author

Pareene · 08/26/09 04:33PM

Dominick Dunne, chronicler of crime, celebrity, and the intersection of the two, has died at 83. Dunne had been suffering from bladder cancer.

Dominick Dunne, 1925-2009

cityfile · 08/26/09 02:01PM

Dominick Dunne—best-selling author, special correspondent for Vanity Fair, television commentator, former film producer, and chronicler of Hollywood's dark side—died today of cancer at his home in Manhattan. He was 83. A tribute by Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter is here. [VF]

Comatose Heiress Sunny von Bülow Dies

Gabriel Snyder · 12/06/08 01:55PM

After spending 28 years in a coma, heiress Sunny von Bülow, 76, has died, according to the NYT. She was first discovered unconscious on the floor of her Newport, R.I., mansion in 1980, and her husband Claus von Bulow was convicted, but later acquitted, of attempting to murder her with an insulin injection. With characters like "Prince Alexander von Auersperg" (Sunny's son who pushed for Claus' prosecution) and "Maria Schrallhammer" (Sunny's maid), the Dynasty-like tale generated a media frenzy and served as the basis for the Jeremy Irons-Glenn Close film Reversal of Fortune.

Hollywood Promotes the Vote

cityfile · 11/04/08 06:54AM

♦ A long list of celebs have been involved in a last-minute effort to get out the vote for Obama, including Oprah, Diddy, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Edie Falco, John McEnroe, Mary J. Blige, Russell Simmons, Beyonce, and Jay-Z. In the elderly celebrity writer department, Vanity Fair's Dominick Dunne says he postponed surgery so he could vote today. [R&M, Politico]
Ivana Trump has been calling Marius Rusovici, the 23-year-old Belgian she's been hanging out with, "her boyfriend," although it may just be a plot to make Rossano Rubicondi jealous. Or stir up some press. Or both. [NYDN]
♦ David Duchovny and Tea Leoni were spotted holding hands while their kids went trick-or-treating on the Upper East Side last Friday, which may or may not mean they're getting back together. [P6]
♦ Sumner Redstone's ex-wife, Paula Fortunato, is still living in his Beverly Hills mansion. But he may have already reunited with his ex-girlfriend, Manuela Herzer. [P6]

Happy Birthday

cityfile · 10/29/08 06:15AM

Dominick Dunne is 83 years old today. New Yorker editor David Remnick is 50. Winona Ryder is turning 37. Dan Castellaneta, the voice of Homer Simpson, is 51. Art gallerist Mary Boone turns 57. Actor Richard Dreyfuss is 61. Gabrielle Union is 36. Olympic swimmer-turned-swimsuit model Amanda Beard turns 27. Actress Joely Fisher is 41. And social fixture/Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir is 42 years old today.

Emmys, Endorsements and Dominick Dunne

cityfile · 09/22/08 12:39PM

Vanity Fair's Dominick Dunne was taken to a Las Vegas hospital today after he fell ill while watching the O.J. Simpson trial. [AP]
♦ passed TMZ last month for the first time with 11.5 million visitors, thanks to pics of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's newborns. [WWD]
♦ Hard to believe it if you've been watching the news this past week, but financial journalists say they're "parsing their words with unusual care." [NYT]
♦ MTV has given the greenlight to a "sex-themed series for teens and their parents" featuring Dr. Drew Pinsky. [THR]

Court Victory for Dunne, Reckless Speculation Everywhere

Pareene · 07/09/08 10:39AM

Fantastic news, America-our constitutional right to repeatedly call a man a murderer has been upheld! Former congressmen Gary Condit, who allegedly caused 9/11 (j/k Gary!) sued Vanity Fair scribe Dominick Dunne for defamation, because Dunne kept claiming he knew that Condit knew stuff he wasn't telling about the murder of former Condit intern/paramour Chandra Levy (which Condit is totally responsible for, allegedly). Dunne went on the tee-vee and said "I think he knows more about what did happen than he has ever said," so the judge dismissed the suit becuz "I think" means it was a constitutionally protected statement of opinion, not assertion of fact. Or, as the judge put it, "Dunne does not suggest that his opinion statements are based on any additional facts not known to the public." This is terrible news for everyone, as now we all actually do have to be careful to use those stupid weasel words. Like "allegedly"!

Dunne Fighting Bladder Cancer

Ryan Tate · 03/27/08 07:06PM

"Recently diagnosed with bladder cancer after a previous battle with prostate cancer, [Vanity Fair columnist Dominick] Dunne finds himself more motivated than ever to finish A Solo Act, his long-awaited next novel... 'I'm back on it full-time — that's my life now until I finish... I'm fine. I go out to lunch every day and I go out every night.'" [Mediabistro via Liz Smith]

Dominick Dunne

cityfile · 02/03/08 09:35PM

Investigative reporter and gadfly Dominick Dunne was a columnist at Graydon Carter' Vanity Fair and the host of CourtTV's Power, Privilege and Justice. He was also an author (People Like Us, The Two Mrs. Grenvilles), erstwhile movie producer (1970's The Boys in the Band), and former addict. His son is actor/director Griffin Dunne. Dunne died on August 26, 2009.

Media Bubble: Y'All Hear About This 'Radar' Mag?

abalk2 · 02/26/07 08:34AM
  • Maer Roshan, the "battle-scarred veteran" of the "buzz-intensive media hothouses" that are New York and L.A. is back, and this time "the buzz seems to be moving back in his favor." That picture can't hurt. [WSJ]

Paris Hilton vs. Zombie Buddy Holly

Chris Mohney · 01/16/07 04:30PM

From the Golden Globes after-party thrown by the Weinstein Company. Actually it's Dominick Dunne who might have thought this was the Oscars, and that he was at the Vanity Fair party, and that Paris Hilton was Hedy Lamarr.

Update: Did you know there's a guy named Dominic Dunn who is an ENTIRELY DIFFERENT OLD DUDE WITH GLASSES than Dominick Dunne? Yeah, us neither.

Team Party Crash: The Moth Ball @ Capitale

gdelahaye · 11/15/06 01:30PM

Last time we checked, writers got paid shit, and no one was reading anything besides US Weekly. Nevertheless, the honorable folks over at The Moth have set up a reading series so successful that they've managed to parlay it into a national tour, a mentoring program, and a functional charity. Their annual Moth Ball fundraiser is able to draw the likes of Moby, Malcolm Gladwell, Darren Aronofsky, and a guy who looks like Lex Luthor, not to mention our own Nikola Tamindzic, and Gabriel Delahaye. Journey through our action-packed photo gallery, then step after the jump to discover who prevailed when Gabe met Jonathan Ames on the manly field of arm-wrestling.

Dominick Dunne Did Not Have a Heart Attack

Jesse · 06/07/06 06:00PM

There's been a rumor floating around medialand this afternoon that VF scribe Dominick Dunne — celebrity, friend to celebrities, chronicler of celebrity trials — had a heart attack last night. The version we heard even ended with an ominous "and he's not doing well." But we're now able to tell you that the report of Dunne's heart attack, as it turns out, was an exaggeration. Vanity Fair's spokeswoman assures us that Dunne's heart problem last night was merely a palpitation, and both he and his doctor expect he'll be just fine.

Gossip roundup

Gawker · 02/06/03 09:55AM

· Dominick Dunne, distressed over the Gary Condit lawsuit, cancels public appearances. [Page Six]
· Vogue is featuring plus-size model Mia Tyler in its April issue. [Ed. note"plus-size model"? Are we sure Anna knows about this?] [Page Six]
· The pot haze at Guastavino's was pretty thick on Sunday, but Presidential cousin Billy Bush swears he didn't inhale. [Page Six]
· Weinstein and Spielberg call a truce to support a "Best Director" Oscar for Martin Scorsese. [Page Six]
· Pete Hamill's New York novel, Forever, is being optioned and former Tri-Star Pictures Chairman Mike Medavoy and his wife Irena are suing Botox maker, Allergen. [NY Daily News]