Broadway star Celeste Holm’s longtime Manhattan home put on the market for $14million by estranged son after her death
- The star has lived in the luxury apartment for over 50 years.
- The apartment offers spectacular treetop views of Central Park
- Holm had been locked in a legal battle over her inheritance before her death, which wiped out her savings
- In 2004, the actress married a singer and waiter nearly 46 years her junior
Actress Celeste Holm has lived in the flat for more than half a century
The high-ceilinged Manhattan apartment owned by late Broadway star Celeste Holm has been put on the market for $13.95 million by the youngest of her two estranged sons.
Boasting spectacular city views, the duplex at 88 Central Park is where the star lived for more than half a century and died last July, aged 95.
Dan Dunning, whose father was Holm’s third husband, told the New York Times: “She loved it because of the view of the park and how involved she felt with the seasons, just looking through her windows.
“Central Park in the spring was the time she enjoyed the most.”
Times writer Robin Finn, who was granted exclusive access to the three-bedroom property, described that, like Holm, she “has charisma – as well as a durable bone structure”.
Downstairs, he reveals, there’s a dining room, a butler’s pantry, a kitchen where the late actress “loved to cook batches of spaghetti and clam sauce.”
And an airy living room is lined with windows overlooking the park at treetop height.
Going upstairs there are three large bedrooms, with ample closet space, and the master suite has full north and east views.
Holm’s son says she moved into her corner duplex at Brentmore, No 6N, in 1953 and bought it in 1958 after the building became co-operative.
However, since her 2004 marriage to Frank Basile, a singer and waiter nearly 46 years her junior, she had been locked in a legal battle with her family over investments and inheritance.
The court battle wiped out much of her savings and left her dependent on Social Security. The actress and her sons weren’t speaking, and she was sued for late maintenance and legal fees on her Manhattan apartment.
Last year a settlement was reached giving Mr Basile the right to a third of the proceeds of his estate and he was forced to vacate the property at 88 Central Park just five weeks after his death.
Central Park in the spring was the moment the star enjoyed the most
Holm bought the apartment in 1958
According to his sons, Holm loved the apartment disproportionately
The star’s private bathroom
The duplex sported two large luxury bathrooms
Mr Dunning, a property manager in Putnam County who is Holm’s son from his first marriage to internet pioneer Ted Nelson, lives in California, added: “One of his desires as he got older was to never have to leave the apartment.’
Holm had been hospitalized for dehydration after a fire at actor Robert De Niro’s apartment in the same building in Manhattan.
She had asked her husband to take her home, and she spent her last days with him, and other relatives and close friends by her side.
The dining room of the duplex nicknamed by one of his sons “the red nail”
Holm’s Deluxe Room
The apartment sold for just under $14
Holm ended his life in a vicious legal battle with his estranged sons over his estate
The apartment’s spacious kitchen
In a career that spanned more than half a century, Holm played everyone from Teen Annie – the girl who just can’t say no to Oklahoma! – to a socialite theatrical agent in the 1991 comedy I Hate Hamlet to guest star who stars in TV shows. like Fantasy Island and Love Boat II to Bette Davis’ best friend in All About Eve.
She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1947 for her performance in Gentlemen’s Agreement and received Academy Award nominations for Come to the Stable (1949) and All About Eve (1950).
Holm was also known for her tireless charity work – at one point she served on nine boards – and was a member emeritus of the board of the National Mental Health Association.
Listing broker, Austin Schuster of Sotheby’s International Realty, described his apartment as “a fabulous canvas ready to transform again for a new owner”.
Celeste Holm in 1997
The 12-story building at the corner of 69th Street and Central Park West, designed by Schwartz and Gross and built in 1910, has attracted many celebrities.
Producer Lorne Michaels lives there, Sting was a former resident, and Robert De Niro bought a $20.9 million duplex two stories below Holm in 2006.
Holm has been married five times and is survived by two sons and three grandchildren.