Today's Evil Beet Gossip

Jay Leno Grabs Mansion in Gilded Newport

Word on the real estate street in the tony seaside community of Newport, R.I. is that Hollywood is coming to town in the form of prominently chinned comedian Jay Lenowho was reported in the Boston Globe to be the $13.5 million buyer of an august and unquestionably grand, nine-acre oceanfront estate known as Seafair on prestigious Ocean Drive.

The dramatically sited and muscularly massed but sensuously semi-circular mansion, built in 1935 and originally called Terre Mare, was designed by architect James Mackenzie Jr. for Denver mining heir, banking bigwig and diplomat Joseph Verner Reed, a Ronald Reagan-appointed ambassador to Morocco for a few years in the early 1980s.

Price: $13.5 million
Size: 5,851 square feet, 10 bedrooms, 10 full and 3 half bathrooms plus carriage house and pool house