The original, 1945 version of the movie “Mildred Pierce,” in which the title character, a waitress, opens a restaurant in Los Angeles during the Great Depression and turns it into a successful chain, was a true LA movie with the restaurant scenes shot at an eatery in the city’s Glendale neighborhood, which was demolished in 1984, according to the Los Angeles Times.
In the Emmy Award-winning remake, which aired on HBO in 2011, the restaurant that actress Kate Winslet’s Mildred runs is a one-bedroom, Mediterranean-style cottage on Lido Boulevard in Point Lookout. It’s currently on the market for $488,000.
The circa-1920 home is one of a few for sale that has been featured on the big or small screen.
POINT LOOKOUT: ‘Mildred Pierce’
In the HBO miniseries “Mildred Pierce,” based on a 1941 book of the same name by James M. Cain, Mildred’s restaurant has been a model home in a development that was abandoned when the Depression hit, says Harvey Waldman, the unit production manager and line producer for the “Mildred Pierce” miniseries. The owner sells it to Pierce and it becomes the restaurant Mildred’s, with the exterior of the building bearing a neon sign with the name.
The 1,000-square-foot structure sits on a corner lot on a main road and has windows with a red tile trim, evoking the stucco, bungalow-style homes popular in California in the 1920s, Waldman says.
The miniseries also shot in a few of the Spanish stucco homes in the Merrick Gables, a section of Merrick built in the 1920s and ’30s by Joseph Frankel and William Fox of the Fox Film Corp., which later became Twentieth Century Fox.
“We would have had a hard time even in Los Angeles finding something as perfect as Merrick was,” Waldman says.
The exterior restaurant scenes were shot in Point Lookout, and the set designers temporarily installed palm trees, magnolia bushes and various California flora. The interiors of the restaurant were created and filmed at Steiner Studios in Brooklyn.
During the filming, there were tenants renting the Point Lookout home, and the crew put them up in a hotel while they filmed at the property, says Thomas Hug of Hug Real Estate, who is listing the home, which features a renovated eat-in kitchen and an updated bathroom.
“They came into my office to look for a site,” says Hug of the location scouts for “Mildred Pierce.” Hug notes that another HBO series, the Atlantic City set of “Boardwalk Empire,” has also filmed in Point Lookout.
SEA CLIFF: ‘Endless Love’
The 1981 movie “Endless Love” — starring Brooke Shields as a suburban teen engaged in a tumultuous relationship with a boy named David, who sets fire to her family’s house in order to be a hero and save them — was filmed at a Queen Anne Victorian with a wraparound porch on Glenlawn Avenue in Sea Cliff.
Carolina Boucos of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty, who is co-listing the six-bedroom, 3 1⁄2-bathroom home with Giselle DiMasi, stresses that the home didn’t actually catch fire and that the original stained-glass windows and crown moldings are intact. It is listed for $1.699 million.
Many people who come to the house are looking for a peek at Hollywood glitz.
“When I give the tour, I say, ‘This is where she met David in the big living room, this is the pantry where she kissed David,’ ” Boucos says. “I’ve had buyers who have come in and say, ‘Yes, I remember.’ ”
The circa-1903 house has had only five owners. Melissa Guss, who purchased the home 3 1⁄2 years ago, grew up in the area and says she remembers the whole town coming to the house to watch the filming. Guss even interviewed Shields for her high school newspaper at the time, meeting with her at Shields’ father’s home on the North Shore.
Guss, who purchased the house to renovate and sell — she added a new heating and cooling system, renovated two bathrooms and redid the closets, among other things — says she “knew every nook and cranny of the house from the movie.
“Everyone knows my house as Endless Love,” Guss says.
LIDO BEACH: Madam Secretary
The CBS series “Madam Secretary,” in which Téa Leoni plays the U.S. secretary of state, filmed an episode in an apartment at the salmon-hued oceanfront Lido Beach Towers condominium complex. The building stood in for a hotel in Havana, Cuba, where Leoni’s character is attempting to lift the trade embargo, in an episode that aired in 2015.
“The exterior of the building was a pretty good match for the Grand Havana Hotel,” says Steven Weisberg, the show’s locations manager. “Being on the ocean also helped sell the sort of island aspect.”
For the exterior shooting, the production turned the back of the building into the hotel’s front entrance, and added old cars, palm trees and a Cuban flag.
Another unit in the complex, a two-bedroom, 2 1⁄2-bathroom duplex, is on the market for $899,000 with Milky Forst of Milky Forst Properties.
‘The Money Pit’ and more
While the homes that provided a backdrop to “Mildred Pierce” and “Endless Love” are the most recent movie sets to come on the market, other homes listed for a while have also been in the spotlight.
In Lattingtown, a 12-room mansion that hit the market in 2014 for $12.5 million was the house in the 1980s Tom Hanks film “The Money Pit.” The exterior of the house was used in the Steven Spielberg-produced film, about a couple who buys an antique house that turns into a renovation disaster.
At the time of the shoot, the home was owned by Eric Ridder of the Knight-Ridder newspaper family. The current owners, Rich and Christina Makowsky, spent millions renovating the home, which is now listed for $5.9 million with Lois Kirschenbaum and Margaret Trautmann of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty.
In Sands Point, a six-bedroom home on the Long Island Sound that has been on and off the market over the last few years, and is now listed for $7.9 million, has hosted major motion picture and TV shoots, including the short-lived HBO series “Vinyl,” the USA Network’s “Royal Pains” and the Bravo TV series “Odd Mom Out,” says listing agent Nava Mitnick of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty.