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    Default Former Hollywood Madam's house for sale

    I saw this and it tripped a memory, & I thought that you guys might be interested.
    There is plenty out there on what went down, but basically Heidi Fleiss worked for Madam Alex & then for whatever reasons went out "on her own".
    Well, at the time that all this happened Madam Alex was operating out of a house in the Hills. A house that after her conviction for pandering, was rented by Shannon Doherty... however, I don't know if she rented it from Madam Alex or from a new owner.
    Maybe this is where the rumour that Shannon worked for Madam Alex came from, maybe not....

    Over the years the house has changed hands a number of times, its also had a "full make over" (whatever that is....) since Madam Alex was there.
    This three-story Spanish house is famous for two reasons. According to her memoir Madame 90210, Hollywood madam Alex Adams operated a brothel here for several years before her 1988 arrest. The house was subsequently rented by actress Shannen Doherty during the years she starred on "Beverly Hills 90210." According to a lawsuit filed by her former landlord, Doherty trashed the home and left in the dead of night owing $14,000 in overdue rent.
    (note the photo at the bottom of the page...)

    Details on the house taken from the Real Estate Agent's website....(as were the photos)

    3 Bedrooms & 3.5 Baths Completely remodeled home in the exclusive Bird Streets.
    Spectacular city to ocean views with the upmost privacy.
    Sexy master suite with fireplace, infinity tub, dual steam shower and walk-in closet.
    Chef's kitchen with large center island, double dishwashers and city views.
    Amazing outdoor areas with pool & waterfall, separate area with outdoor spa tub and fireplace.
    State of the art sound and security throughout.

    (that gravel on the left...? It lights up like an outdoor fire!)

    Madam Alex' Obit in the La Times

    Beverly Hills Madam Elizabeth Adams Dies

    July 11, 1995

    Elizabeth Adams, the bawdy Beverly Hills madam whose lavish and lucrative prostitution network catered to a private world of millionaire businessmen, movie stars and Saudi Arabian sheiks, has died of heart complications. She was 60.
    Adams died at 7 p.m. Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she had been in intensive care after recent open heart surgery, said Peter L. Knecht, a Hollywood lawyer and friend. With her were her son, Scott, his girlfriend, and a handful of close friends.
    "We all held her hand when they took her off the life support," Knecht said. "This was the passing of a legend. Because Elizabeth Adams was the mother superior of prostitution. She was one of the richest women on earth. The world came to her. She never had to leave the house. She was like Hugh Hefner in that way."
    For years, the millionaire madam known to clients and friends as "Madam Alex" kept a little black book that was said to catalogue the sexual secrets of many of the city's most important men.
    Using the alias Alex Fleming, she ran an international prostitution network dispatching charming young women to pricey Beverly Hills hotel suites, Europe and Caribbean cruises--for fees that ranged from $300 for two hours to $2,000 a day.
    To those who knew her, she was as constant as she was colorful, always ready with a good tidbit of gossip and a gourmet lunch for two. She entertained, even after her conviction on pandering charges, from the comfy depths of her blue four-poster bed at her home near Doheny Drive, surrounded by knickknacks and meowing cats, which she fed fresh shrimp from blue china plates.
    In recent years, however, her health began to fail. A diabetic, she had a night stand full of medicine. Visitors were regaled again and again with her extravagant reminiscences of years gone by--the boom years with the dignitaries to whom she referred as "my Arabs," the starlets who would have gone nowhere were it not for her. Cackling gleefully, she would ring for more lamb chops and demand that her aide of the moment--usually an attractive young woman--vouch for the truth of her memoirs.
    But her most notable topic in recent years was her relationship with Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss, who had been her Gal Friday before going into business on her own and becoming a rival in what Adams, with typical panache, had dubbed "the Whore Wars."
    "She stole my business, my books, my girls, my guys." Adams would rail at the mention of Fleiss' name. Fleiss, for her part, would later insist that she simply was a better businesswoman than her mentor. Nonetheless, it was Adams who, after about 25 years in the vice business, got mere probation for her crimes, while Fleiss was convicted on state charges, sentenced to three years imprisonment and then slapped with a federal prosecution to boot.
    Born in Manila of Filipino, German and Spanish heritage, Adams was by turns a florist, a mother, a widow and an antique shop owner. By her own account, she was approached by a local "English madam" to buy out her client "book," or list of customers.
    "I had a good run," she once said, referring to the enterprise she likened to a dating service.
    She was known for playing a motherly role to the aspiring actresses, pinup girls and moonlighting college students she referred to as "my creatures"--in the end making an average of $100,000 each month, her cut of 40% for each referral.
    Acting as an informant and passing on her high-profile "pillow talk," Adams managed to stay off the police blotter. Then, in 1988, detectives built a case to convict her of pandering.
    Said her lawyer, Anthony Brooklier: "She was, how can I say it, classy. When she first hired me she thought I was too young to take her case. I was 43. She said, 'I'm going to give you some gray hairs by the time this is over.' She was right."
    Even the police officers who pursued her mourned the madam's death.
    "It's like losing a friend," said Fred Clapp, a retired LAPD vice officer. "In all the years we played cat and mouse, she never once tried to corrupt me."
    Times staff writer Shawn Hubler contributed to this story.
    LA Times obituary online.
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    I don't care for the exterior and grounds, but the interior and city views are fabulous. I'd change out some of the furniture but overall, I like.

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    Love the space - and the views! Wow! I'd definitely cozy it up a lot - it's all browns and blacks. Maybe her customers liked it that way......

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    I absolutely love it! The views are amazing!

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    Just to re-iterate - the house has been sold on a couple of times since Elizabeth Adams had it - it's not her furnishings but the current owners.

    Having said that I do like what the current owners have done with it.
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    Downstairs is fine, unimaginative but fine, but upstairs is beige syndrome + low ceilings, awful

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    I like the outside and the inside

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    I like the way its upside-down - the lounge is at the top of the house & you walk down to the other rooms. That way the lounge gets to views across the city & the other rooms over look the garden.
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