…From the always eerily well informed real estate yenta Yolanda Yakketyyak that actor Breckin Meyer and his estranged wife, writer/director wife Deborah Kaplan, quietly sold their Beverly Hills Post Office area house in mid-August (2013) for $2,775,000 to vaunted British thespian Sir Ben Kingsley and his much younger fourth wife, Brazilian film and stage actress Daniela Lavender.
In addition to the Academy Award, pair of BAFTAS, Grammy and two Golden Globes Sir Kingsley picked up for his break out starring role as Gandhi in the 1982 docu-film Gandhi, there have been six more Golden Globe nominations, four Emmy nominations, and three additional Oscar nods for for Bugsy (1991), Sexy Beast (2000), and House of Sand and Fog (2003). In 2000 the Queen of England named him a Commander of the Order of the British Empire and in 2010 he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Sixty-nine year old Sir Kingsley—his birthday is in a couple weeks, mazel tov—remains much in demand with, according to the Internet Movie Data Base, at least nine projects in various stages of production and planning.
Some of the children may recall that Your Mama discussed the gated property back in May 2013 when Mister Meyer and Miz Kaplan first put the 4,888 square foot abode—we described it then as a “micro-manse”—on the open market with an asking price of $2,995,000.* The price eventually dropped to $2.795 million before an opaque corporate entity that our dear informant Miz Yakketyyak swears is connected to Sir Kingsley came along to snatch it up for just a smidgen under asking.
Listing details from the time of the latest sale that Your Mama scared up out of the interweb show the traditional-minded two-story house—owned in the 1980s by Her Glam Highness Joan Collins Herself—was originally built in the 1930s and is currently configured with four bedrooms and five bathrooms plus a separate office or guest/staff suite with an additional bathroom and private entrance.
Of few of the other interior features include a spacious center hall entry, formal living and dining rooms with fireplaces, a large and well-equipped if slightly dated kitchen, a family/screening room with three-stool wet bar, and a private, second floor master suite with marble bathroom and private terrace. Outsie, as per digital marketing materials, there’s swimming pool, a vine covered dining pergola, and a poolside loggia.
Your Mama is just gonna be honest and admit that we neither don’t know if Sir Kingsley currently owns or previously owned a home in Tinseltown before nor where Mister Meyer and/or ex-Missus Meyer moved.
*Property records show the erstwhile Kaplan-Meyer couple acquired the B.H.P.O. property in September of 2003 for $1,875,000.