Sold: Jackie O's Home
Merrywood, the luxurious girlhood home of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, is getting a new owner. The Wall Street Journal reports that real estate developer Alan Kay and wife Dianne are selling the seven-acre McLean estate to William Conway, a managing director at the Carlyle Group, a Washington investment firm. The Kays, who bought Merrywood for $4.25 million in 1984, were asking $17.5 million for the property, which overlooks the Potomac River, but agreed to sell it for a reported $15 million. The deal is set to close next month.
Merrywood, built circa 1920, was home to Hugh Auchincloss and Janet Bouvier Auchincloss, her daughters Jackie and Lee Bouvier, and before them, author Gore Vidal. The 17,000-square-foot, Georgian-style mansion has been renovated extensively in recent years and features seven fireplaces and nine bedrooms. The property also has a swimming pool, a 5,000-square-foot pool house and a tennis court.
New Couples on the Block Love is in the air for lots of celebs. People magazine reports that former New Kid on the Block Donnie Wahlberg has wed Kim Fey, the mom of their son, Xavier. Dethroned Miss America Vanessa Williams and L.A. Laker Rick Fox also got hitched recently. AOL.com reports that Leonardo DiCaprio is involved with "Baywatch" babe Carmen Electra, the former Mrs. Dennis Rodman. And finally, Andre Agassi says he's enjoying his time with his new love match, Steffi Graf, though he's not planning to speak Deutsch any time soon.
A Presidential 75th
Former president Jimmy Carter turned 75 yesterday and celebrated with Pat Boone, the Indigo Girls and the McGuire Sisters at a bash in Americus, Ga., near Carter's home town of Plains. Also there were ABC's Sam Donaldson and UPI's Helen Thomas. Guests at the shindig munched on Rosalynn Carter's famous pecan-and-cheddar-cheese mold. Meanwhile, Carter says he doesn't plan to slow down any time soon. This month he's heading to England, Switzerland and Norway to raise money for his Carter Center, which works to fight disease, poverty, conflict and oppression.
Warren Beatty isn't one for hasty decisions. "In May of 1997, I invited him to dinner, and I'm still waiting for the answer," Norman Lear said at this week's Americans for Democratic Action dinner in Los Angeles, attended by our friend Vickie Rubinson. "At 60, I had a birthday party and Warren said he'd get back to me. I'm 77 now." We hear that Beatty couldn't decide whether to dine at Barbra Streisand's last night . . . Diana Ross, still recovering from her airport groping encounter, will get Black Entertainment Television's Walk of Fame award Oct. 23 at a gala benefit for the United Negro College Fund at BET's studios here . . . Playboy informs us that men think Michael Jordan is the king of style, while women choose Harrison Ford as the most fashionable . . . Courting the hot-air vote for her hubby, Tipper Gore is set to take a balloon ride tomorrow morning in Albuquerque with some pals from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 611.