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Whoopi Goldberg buys a large ranch

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Whoopi Goldberg, who co-stars with Gerard Depardieu in the upcoming comedy Bogus and co-stars with Mary-Louise Parker and Drew Barrymore in the movie Boys on the Side, has purchased a large ranch near Santa Barbara, Calif.

Goldberg, who won an Oscar for her performance as a reluctant clairvoyant in Ghost (1990), plays the aunt of a boy with an imaginary friend in Bogus, to be released this fall. She plays a struggling singer who is a lesbian in Boys on the Side.

Goldberg was Hollywood's highest-paid female star when she made $8-million for her role in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit in 1993.

The ranch, which she bought for a little more than $1-million, has a spring, a stream, an adobe house with four bedrooms and two-foot-thick walls, a two-bedroom guest house and a caretaker's cottage. The houses are hidden by what has been called "an enormous number of oak trees."

Goldberg, 45, lives primarily in a home that she bought two years ago for about $2.5-million in the Pacific Palisades section of Los Angeles. Last fall she was married in the house to Lyle Trachtenberg, a trade union organizer whom she met on the set of Corrina, Corrina (1994), in which she starred. Last year, she also played Buckwheat's mom in The Little Rascals, was the voice of Shenzi the hyena in The Lion King and hosted the 66th annual Academy Awards.

"Magum, P.I' actor

sells his home

John Hillerman, who played the British major-domo Jonathan Higgins on Magnum, P.I., has sold his Hollywood home to actor/producer/director Mark Linn-Baker for about $2-million. Hillerman was asking $2.4-million when he first listed the home in January.

Linn-Baker, who just got married last weekend, is best known to TV audiences as the exasperated Larry on the ABC sitcom Perfect Strangers, which aired from 1986 to 1993, but the Yale School of Drama graduate is also co-founder of the New York Stage & Film Co., which produces plays, short films and videos during the summer at New York's Vassar College.

Hillerman decided to sell the house, which he bought in 1991, because he is spending most of his time in his home at Lake Arrowhead in the mountains east of Los Angeles, where he is writing a book and a TV series.

Chiklis leases home

Michael Chiklis, who starred in ABC's police drama The Commish and played John Belushi in the film Wired (1989), has leased a home in the Hollywood Hills for a year at close to its $9,000 monthly asking price.

Chiklis, 31, had appeared in The Commish, which is filmed in Vancouver, Canada, since 1991, but he and his wife had been leasing a home in Los Angeles that was recently sold.

Their new home has four bedrooms plus maid's quarters in 4,000 square feet. Built in 1990, the Santa Fe-style home has a pool and city views.

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