Press Release Issued May 29, 2015
Each year Starline Tours, the number one celebrity tour company in the world, polls passengers on what's hot and what's not in their quest for catching a glimpse of a celebrity at their Los Angeles estate. Last year Ellen DeGeneres stole the show and Michael Jackson's rental home popped back on to the list, having been off limits for tours for a year. This year, there are few surprises, possibly due to a relatively sane year for Hollywood celebrities with no spotlight divorces, no new teen idols, no wild combo couples, and a red carpet of nice, well mannered, gracious stars without wardrobe malfunctions. Still, the appeal to get up close and personal with fan favorites remains the number one activity in Hollywood with the original Movie Stars' Homes Tour.
The Rental Home Where Michael Jackson Died
The over-the-top Holmby Hills mansion Michael Jackson was renting when he died took the No. 1 spot again, (after a few years off the top spot) showing his continuing worldwide appeal – as evidenced by his matching No. 1 position in the 2014 list of “Top Earning Dead Celebrities”, with $140 million earnings from his estate in 2014 (Source: Forbes).
Katy Perry, with her broad family appeal, returns again this year at No. 2. The Playboy Mansion, which took a couple of years off (tours are rerouted when access is denied) moved back to No. 3, making this perhaps the male-testosterone version of the “Magic Kingdom”. Some celebrities seem to manage to stay relevant even after they are long gone – as evidenced by the incredible staying power of Elvis Presley and Lucille Ball at Nos. 7 and 8 respectively. The new kid on the block this year was Justin Bieber. His continued kid-like antics kept him and his rental home in the spotlight at No. 9 (much to the chagrin of his neighbors).
On the downside, Simon Cowell continues to lose heat (he was No. 2 just two years earlier) as his media presence continues to wane. Ellen DeGeneres slipped 5 places this year. Has the queen of daytime talk-shows lost some of her luster? Likely great news for Tom Cruise is that his home is slipping of the list, now at spot 10. His low key social life coupled with his manic movie making has kept him out of the country and off of Twitter feeds.
Cher's Malibu Movie Star Compound
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Cher's spectacular ridge-top compound retained the No. 1 spot on the Malibu Stars Home list. The singer and actress has held that honor since the list and the Malibu tour began 2010, likely because of her annual final tours. The pending home sale to Jay-Z and Beyoncé fell through, fueling the rumor of their breakup. Matthew Perry, Leonardo DiCaprio and Adam Sandler solidified their long-term placement on this list by taking the next three spots respectively. Who got knocked off the list is sometimes more telling than who is on it – and this year stars such as Jennifer Aniston, Miley Cyrus, Will Smith and Eva Longoria all fell off the list – which would be no surprise to any celebrity gossip columnists, and proves that these Top 10 lists really do a good job in measuring the “heat index” of celebrities.
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