Lavish Estate of Marcos-Linked Woman Sold
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) _ An estate that belonged to a woman romantically linked to former Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos has been sold for an undisclosed price, a real estate agent said.
The home of Dovie Beams de Villagran was bought by an unidentified physician, said Steve Levine, president of Asher Dann & Associates Inc. of Beverly Hills.
Levine would not disclose the price but said it was close to the original asking price of $3.5 million. The 4 1/2 -acre estate sports statues, fountains, a stream with bridges, and gazebos.
The Tennessee-born Mrs. de Villagran, a one-time actress who has described herself as a former mistress of Marcos, declared bankruptcy last year because of debts totaling $22 million.
Shortly after Marcos fell from power in February 1986, the mansion was one of the properties that became a focus of allegations that Marcos had secreted vast wealth in U.S. real estate.
Mrs. de Villagran countered that she and her husband earned their own wealth, which included about 20 properties in California before the bankruptcy.
Her link to Marcos dates to 1968. By her own account, she met him when she went to the Philippines as an actress to film a movie and stayed there two years.
The house went on the market about a month ago.