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Richard Gere, Cindy Crawford on the move

(ran HN, HS editions)

Actor Richard Gere and his wife, model Cindy Crawford, have purchased a home for just under $5-million in the Los Angeles suburb of Bel-Air, sources say.

Gere, 43, plays a Civil War soldier thought long dead who returns home in the romantic film Sommersby, co-starring Jodie Foster. He also co-stars in the upcoming movie Intersection, co-starring Sharon Stone and Lolita Davidovich, and plays a cameo in the HBO film about AIDS And the Band Played On, which will air this fall.

He is also known for his starring roles in Pretty Woman (1990) and An Officer and a Gentleman (1982).

Gere is an outspoken supporter of the Dalai Lama and the plight of the Tibetan people, who are under communist Chinese domination.

Crawford, 27, is a super-model who is also an MTV reporter and exercise video queen.

The couple bought a restored Georgian-style home on an acre with rolling lawns. The house, slightly less than 10,000 square feet in size, was originally built in 1938 but was gutted two years ago and rebuilt.

The former owners, who have relocated to Colorado, bought the home two years ago for nearly $4-million and put more than $2-million into it, adding an entertainment center, guest quarters and several bedrooms, sources say.

Gere and Crawford, who bought a Malibu home for just under $2-million shortly after they were married in late 1989, have been commuting between their homes in Los Angeles and Manhattan, except when he has been filming Intersection in Vancouver, B.C.