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He Shows Them The Money


Los Angeles Times
By Ruth Ryon

Despite speculation that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are having marital problems, he just bought a Beverly Hills home for his family that cost close to $35 million.

The three-time Oscar nominee has been renting another house in Beverly Hills for the last few years, and his lease will be up in 2008.

The property that Cruise bought was not on the market. The traditional-style residence was built in 1937 with seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms and expanded from its original 10,000 square feet after it changed hands four years ago, according to real estate sources not involved in the deal.

The home, behind gates, is on 1.3 acres. It has a long driveway, a tennis court and a pool.

Cruise, 44, and Holmes, 28, were married in November in Italy before a crowd of celebrity friends that included David and Victoria Beckham.

Cruise is one of Hollywood's most successful actors, having starred in five consecutive films that grossed $100 million in the United States — including "Mission: Impossible" (1996) and "Jerry Maguire" (1996). The actor has won three Golden Globe Awards.