Dimitri Velis has proudly listed the property at 913 North Bedford Drive, the home designed for the notable Countess di Frasso as her personal villa. The home was decorated by renowned designer Elsie de Wolfe and eventually sold to piano virtuoso Jose Iturbi. The home was later leased to German actress and singer Marlene Dietrich.
“This unequaled property offers privacy, an excellent location, extraordinary history, and over one acre of prime, lush land,” said Estates Director Dimitri Velis.
Contessa Dorothy di Frasso was a notorious society-spy. The New-York born Dorothy Taylor married Count Carlo di Frasso, 30 years her senior, and was known in her lifetime to be a society scion with elaborate parties. He had the home at 913 North Bedford Drive built for their unique and discerning tastes.
The Art Deco bedroom suite was designed by Elsie de Wolfe in 1936. The dining room features a 19th-century tortoise shell and mother of pearl commode, along with a wallpaper depicting a colonial scene, that of the exterior of Contessa Dorothy di Frasso’s villa in Beverly Hills. The simple and understated entrance hall belies a treasure of unique design.
Marlene Dietrich rented the mansion from Contessa Dorothy di Frasso in the early 1930s. She excelled as a society hostess and followed her young love, young Gary Cooper, from either Rome, or Africa (depending on which version of the tale is being told), to Hollywood.
Di Frasso herself would sell the house in 1947, to MGM’s diminutive virtuoso, Jose Iturbi, who lived there until 1980.
The home’s storied history is reflective of its distinctive character and unique charm.