Armistead Maupin

Armistead Jones Maupin, Jr.[1][2][3] (born May 13, 1944)[4][5] is an American writer, best known for Tales of the City, a series of novels set in San Francisco.

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Maupin (left) with husband Christopher Turner in May 2013
Maupin (left) with husband Christopher Turner in May 2013
BornArmistead Jones Maupin, Jr.
May 13, 1944 (age 74)
Washington, D.C., United States
OccupationAuthor
Alma materUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Notable worksTales of the City
Spouse
Christopher Turner (m. 2007)

Early life

Maupin was born in Washington, D.C., to Diana Jane (Barton) and Armistead Jones Maupin.[1] His great-great-grandfather, Lawrence O'Bryan Branch, was a railroad executive, a Congressman from North Carolina from 1855 to 1861, and a Confederate general during the American Civil War.[6] His father, Armistead Jones Maupin, founded Maupin, Taylor & Ellis, "one of the largest law firms in North Carolina."[7] Maupin was raised in Raleigh, North Carolina.[8]

Maupin was educated at the Ravenscroft School. In 1962 he graduated from Needham Broughton High School.[9] He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he became involved in journalism through writing for The Daily Tar Heel.[10]

Career

Maupin worked at WRAL-TV (Channel 5) in Raleigh, a station then managed by future U.S. Senator Jesse Helms. Helms nominated Maupin for a patriotic award, which he won. Maupin says he was a typical conservative and even a segregationist at this time and admired Helms, a family friend, as a "hero figure". He later changed his opinions — "I've changed and he hasn't" — and condemned Helms at a gay pride parade on the steps of the North Carolina State Capitol.[8][11][10] Maupin is a veteran of the United States Navy; he served several tours of duty including one in the Vietnam War.

Maupin's work on a Charleston newspaper was followed with an offer of a position at the San Francisco bureau of the Associated Press in 1971.[12][13] He says he had known he was gay since childhood,[11][10] but did not have sex until he was 26 and only decided to come out in 1974 when he was about 30.[8][14][15][16] The same year, he began what would become the Tales of the City series as a serial in a Marin County-based newspaper, the Pacific Sun, moving to the San Francisco Chronicle after the Sun's San Francisco edition folded.[17]

In 1978, Maupin publicly accused San Francisco Police Inspector Dave Toschi of faking one of the Zodiac Killer's taunting letters to the media, seriously and irreparably damaging Toschi's career and reputation. Maupin claimed to have noticed a "similarity" between anonymous fan mail Toschi had sent him (due to Maupin basing one of his Tales of the City characters on him) and a Zodiac letter received by the San Francisco Chronicle on April 24, 1978. While Toschi was cleared of being the Zodiac letter's author by the USPS crime lab, he was removed from the case by his superiors, and his chances of succeeding Charles Gain as chief of the San Francisco PD were immediately destroyed.[18] This incident is portrayed in the 2007 David Fincher film Zodiac.

Works

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Maupin at the 47th Emmy Awards, 1994

Tales of the City

Tales of the City is a series of novels, the first portions of which were published initially as a newspaper serial starting on August 8, 1974, in a Marin County newspaper, The Pacific Sun, picked up in 1976 by the San Francisco Chronicle, and later reworked into the series of books published by HarperCollins (then Harper and Row). The first of Maupin's novels, entitled Tales of the City, was published in 1978. Five more followed in the 1980s, ending with the last book, Sure of You, in 1989.[17] A seventh novel published in 2007, Michael Tolliver Lives, continues the story of some of the characters. It was followed by an eighth volume, Mary Ann in Autumn, published in 2010 and a ninth and final volume, The Days of Anna Madrigal, in 2014.[19] In Babycakes, published in 1983, Maupin was one of the first writers to address the subject of AIDS.[16] Of the autobiographical nature of the characters, he says "I've always been all of the characters in one way or another."[20]

The Tales of the City books have been translated into ten languages, and there are more than six million copies in print. Several of the books have been adapted and broadcast on BBC Radio 4.[21]

Television miniseries

The first three books in the series have also been adapted into three television miniseries starring Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney. The first airing was on PBS; subsequent miniseries appeared on Showtime.[22]

Musical projects

He collaborated on Anna Madrigal Remembers, a musical work written by Jake Heggie and performed by choir Chanticleer and mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade on August 6, 1999, for which Maupin provided a new libretto. He also participated in a concert series with the Seattle Men's Chorus entitled Tunes From Tales (Music for Mouse), which included readings from his books and music from the era.[23]

In May 2011, a theatrical musical version of Tales of the City had its premiere at American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. The musical has a score and lyrics by Jake Shears and John Garden of the rock band Scissor Sisters, and a book by Jeff Whitty. It was directed by Jason Moore.[24]

Maybe the Moon and The Night Listener

Maupin wrote two novels, Maybe The Moon and The Night Listener, which are not part of Tales, though both books occasionally glance in that direction.

Maybe The Moon is a story Maupin describes as "partly autobiographical", despite the main character being a female heterosexual Jewish dwarf. The character was also based on his friend Tamara De Treaux, who played the title character in the 1982 film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.[25][26]

The Night Listener is a roman à clef, inspired by Maupin's experiences concerning the Anthony Godby Johnson hoax.[27][28][29][30] He says he wanted to create a psychological thriller, while being able to put autobiographical elements in it.[11] The issues he addresses include the ending of his relationship with his long-term partner and his relationship with his father. The book very lightly references the Tales world via Gabriel Noone's assistant, who is one of DeDe Halcyon-Day's twins from Tales. It was serialized on the internet, on Salon.com, prior to its print publication.[11] The Night Listener was adapted into a movie that was screened at the Sundance Film Festival in late January 2006 and released by Miramax the following August.[27]

Michael Tolliver Lives

Prior to the 2007 release of Michael Tolliver Lives, Maupin had been quoted on his website as saying that another Tales of the City novel was unlikely.[31] Although Maupin originally stated that this novel was "NOT a sequel to Tales [of the City] and it's certainly not Book 7 in the series,"[32] he later conceded that "I've stopped denying that this is book seven in Tales of the City, as it clearly is ... I suppose I didn't want people to be thrown by the change in the format, as this is a first person novel unlike the third person format of the Tales of the City books and it's about one character who interrelates with other characters. Having said that, it is still very much a continuation of the saga and I think I realised it was very much time for me to come back to this territory."[33]

The novel is written from the first-person perspective of Tales character Michael 'Mouse' Tolliver, now in his fifties and living as an HIV-positive man.[34] It also features appearances by familiar Tales characters, such as Anna Madrigal.[35] Maupin said: "I was interested in pursuing the life of an aging gay man, and Michael was the perfect vehicle ... However, as soon as I started writing, I found that, one by one, all the other characters stepped forward and asked to be present. It felt natural, so I went with it."[16] He calls it "a smaller, more personal novel than I've written in the past."[34] The book was released on June 12, 2007, which was declared 'Michael Tolliver Day' by the mayor of San Francisco.[36][37]

His next project is another Tales volume: "Whatever I have to offer seems to come through those characters ... And I see no reason to abandon them."[16]

Mary Ann in Autumn was published November 12, 2010 by Harper/HarperCollins, continuing the series. It was reviewed by Joseph Salvatore in the New York Times Sunday Book Reviews on November 14.[38] It was followed in January 2014 by The Days of Anna Madrigal, which Maupin says will be the final novel in the series.[39]

Personal life

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Maupin (left) and his husband Christopher Turner at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival

Maupin is married to Christopher Turner, a website producer and photographer. He saw him on a dating website and then "chased him down Castro Street, saying, 'Didn't I see you on Daddyhunt.com?'"[27][40] Maupin and Turner were married in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on February 18, 2007, though Maupin says that they had called each other "husband" for two years prior.[20]

Maupin's former life partner of 12 years, Terry Anderson, was once a gay rights activist (Maupin himself has done much of that sort of work),[41][42] and co-authored the screenplay for The Night Listener. He lived with Maupin in San Francisco and New Zealand.[43]

Ian McKellen is a friend and Christopher Isherwood was a mentor, friend, and influence as a writer.[44][45]

Maupin shares a grandfather with English singer Sarah Jane Morris.[11][46] He is an atheist.[47]

He enjoys doing public readings of his own works and has recorded them all as audiobooks.[48]

In 2012 Maupin purchased the home of shoe designers Lynne and Dennis Comeau in Tesuque, New Mexico.[49]

Maupin's life and work, and the settings and the themes therein, are the subject of the documentary The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin.[50]

Bibliography

Tales of the City

  • Tales of the City. New York: Harper & Row. 1978. ISBN 0-06-090654-5.
  • More Tales of the City. New York: Harper & Row. 1980. ISBN 0-06-090726-6.
  • Further Tales of the City. New York: Harper & Row. 1982. ISBN 0-06-014991-4.
  • Babycakes. New York: Harper & Row. 1984. ISBN 0-06-015262-1.
  • Significant Others. New York: Harper & Row. 1987. ISBN 0-06-096408-1.
  • Sure of You. New York: Harper & Row. 1989. ISBN 0-06-016164-7.
  • Michael Tolliver Lives. New York: HarperCollins. 2007. ISBN 978-0-06-076135-6.
  • Mary Ann in Autumn. New York: HarperCollins. 2010. ISBN 978-0-06-147088-2.
  • The Days of Anna Madrigal. New York: HarperCollins. 2014. ISBN 978-0-06-219624-8.

Other novels

Memoir

  • Maupin, Armistead (2017). Logical Family: A Memoir. New York: HarperCollins. ISBN 9780062391223. OCLC 1004769227.

Compilations

  • 28 Barbary Lane: The Tales of the City Omnibus. New York: Harper Perennial. 2016. ISBN 978-0-06-249901-1. Contains Tales of the City, More Tales of the City, and Further Tales of the City.
  • Back to Barbary Lane: The Final Tales of the City Omnibus. New York: Harper Perennial. 2016. ISBN 978-0-06-256129-9. Contains Babycakes, Significant Others, and Sure of You.

Awards

References

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  2. ^ Armistead Jones Maupin, Jr., birth date 13 May 1944, Age 24, Military Date 5 May 1969 U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Reserve Officers, published January 1970, record held in United States Military Registers, 1902–1985. Salem, Oregon: Oregon State Library.
  3. ^ Pronounced "Mawpin' as read in English, rather than rhyming with the French "Gauguin." "Armistead Maupin" is an anagram of 'Is a Man I Dreamt Up.' (Armistead Maupin Is a Man I Dreamt Up Archived February 13, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. was the title of a 1990 BBC documentary on him.) However, neither the name nor Maupin himself were actually invented. He recalls: "One person even wrote: 'I know for a fact that you don't exist. You're really a lesbian collective in Marin County.' (Sometimes I feel like a lesbian collective in Marin County, but I'm not.)" See: "Oft Asked Questions". Archived from the original on February 13, 2006. Retrieved 2015-04-29..
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  6. ^ Maupin, Armistead (2017). Logical Family: A Memoir. London, U.K.: Penguin. p. 17. ISBN 9780857523518. That's Grandpa Branch. He was a Confederate general who died at Antietam.
  7. ^ Guthrie, Julian (July 30, 2005). "Armistead Jones Maupin -- father of 'Tales of City' author". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved December 24, 2017.
  8. ^ a b c "'Growing up Gay in old Raleigh". Archived from the original on March 6, 2005. Retrieved 2017-04-07. – in The Independent of Raleigh, North Carolina, June 1988 – autobiographical memoir
  9. ^ http://www.nbhs1962.com/class_profile_empty.cfm?member_id=4934526
  10. ^ a b c A Conversation with Author Armistead Maupin Archived December 5, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. – on KUOW-FM radio, 2007-06-19
  11. ^ a b c d e Armistead Maupin (October 24, 2000). "Audio interview by Bill Goldstein" (.RAM). New York Times (Interview). Interviewed by Bill Goldstein. Archived from the original on April 10, 2009.
  12. ^ "My First Glimpse of The City". Archived from the original on May 20, 2005. Retrieved 2017-04-07. – in Guest Informant, 1998–1999. Maupin recalls his first experiences of San Francisco.
  13. ^ He said he had "no sense of it being a gay mecca" and called it "this amazing city that embraced me, that had made me aware of my true self", and "what really floored me was that the straight folks in San Francisco were so civilised about homosexuality." (in the New York Times interview)
  14. ^ For Armistead Maupin, There Are Still Tales to Tell – Interview in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He agreed to be identified as a homosexual in a "Ten Most Eligible Bachelors" article in San Francisco magazine.
  15. ^ "Letter to Mama". Archived from the original on April 11, 2005. Retrieved 2017-04-07. – Michael Tolliver's coming out letter, a response in the book to his parents' participation in Anita Bryant's anti-gay Save Our Children campaign. Maupin used the letter to serve the same purpose for his own parents, who followed the Tales serial.
  16. ^ a b c d "Tolliver's Travels" Archived December 6, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. – Entertainment Weekly, June 7, 2007
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  18. ^ https://www.zodiacciphers.com/the-1978-letter.html
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  22. ^ "A Tale of the Seventies". Archived from the original on December 28, 2004. Retrieved 2017-04-07. TV Guide, January 1994. Article by Maupin about the difficult process of getting the Tales series into TV production.
  23. ^ "Seattle Men's Chorus welcomes Armistead Maupin to Benaroya Hall". Web.archive.org. October 6, 2003. Archived from the original on October 6, 2003.
  24. ^ Healy, Patrick (April 3, 2010). "Debut Is Announced for 'Tales of the City'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-04-25.
  25. ^ "Behind the scenes: THE OUTSIDER". Archived from the original on March 4, 2006. Retrieved 2006-03-04.San Francisco Focus Magazine], October 1992. Interview with Maupin about his friendship with Tamara De Treaux.
  26. ^ "Reviews of ''Maybe the Moon'' and synopsis". Web.archive.org. March 4, 2006. Archived from the original on March 4, 2006.
  27. ^ a b c "Armistead Maupin: The quick-witted author mined his own experience for The Night Listener".
  28. ^ Paul Colichman Chief Executive Officer (August 17, 2012). "Interview at". Planetout.com. Archived from the original on August 15, 2007.
  29. ^ Audio interview about The Night Listener Archived March 3, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. – on WHYY-FM, October 3, 2000
  30. ^ "'Suddenly Home'". Archived from the original on February 13, 2006. Retrieved 2017-04-07. – a story featuring the fictional characters in Noone at Night
  31. ^ "Oft Asked Questions". Literary Bent .com. Web.archive.org. February 13, 2006. Archived from the original on February 13, 2006.
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  40. ^ Christopher Turner (June 17, 2007). "Five Questions for Christopher Turner: Daddy-hunt site entrepreneur knows of which he posts". San Francisco Chronicle.
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  43. ^ "Audio interview about Maupin's New Zealand home". Web.archive.org. August 3, 2004. Archived from the original on June 24, 2007.
  44. ^ ""The First Couple: Don Bachardy and Christopher Isherwood"". Archived from the original on March 5, 2006. Retrieved 2017-04-07. – Armistead Maupin interviews Christopher Isherwood for The Village Voice, Volume 30, Number 16
  45. ^ "Foreword to 'The Isherwood Century'". Web.archive.org. March 5, 2006. Archived from the original on March 5, 2006.
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Further reading

  • Gale, Patrick. Armistead Maupin. Bath, Somerset, England: Absolute Press, 1999. ISBN 1-899791-37-X

External links

Armistead

Armistead is both a surname and a masculine given name. Notable people with the name include:

Surname:

Bill Armistead (born 1944), American politician from Alabama

George Armistead (1780–1818), American military officer who served as the commander of Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812

James Armistead, American slave and spy in the American Revolution

Lewis Addison Armistead, Confederate Army general

Samuel G. Armistead (1927–2013), American ethnographer, linguist, folklorist, historian and Hispanist

Walker Keith Armistead, United States Army brigadier general

William Thomas Armistead (1848–1920), American politician from TexasGiven name:

Armistead Burt U.S. Representative from South Carolina from 1843 to 1853

Armistead Mason Dobie, legal educator and federal judge

Armistead Maupin, American writer

Armistead Burwell Smith IV, American musician, member of Pinback

Armistead (c. 1820–1844), slave of US President John Tyler, killed in the USS Princeton disaster

Babycakes

Babycakes (1984) is the fourth book in the Tales of the City series by American novelist Armistead Maupin, originally serialized in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Christopher Turner (disambiguation)

Christopher Turner may refer to:

Christopher J. Turner (1933–2014), Governor of the Turks and Caicos and of Montserrat

Christopher Turner, British writer

Kristopher Turner (born 1980), Canadian actor

Christopher Turner (photographer), husband of writer Armistead Maupin

Further Tales of the City (novel)

Further Tales of the City (1982) is the third book in the Tales of the City series by San Francisco novelist Armistead Maupin, originally serialized in the San Francisco Chronicle.

This novel takes place in 1981 during the first year of the Reagan Administration and imagines that the real-life figure of Jim Jones survives the Jonestown massacre. The book also captures the tail end of the post-Stonewall, pre-AIDS era of decadence in the gay culture of the early 1980s as the Michael Tolliver character explores his promiscuous side after breaking up with Jon Fielding.

Mary Ann in Autumn

Mary Ann in Autumn (2010) is the eighth book in the Tales of the City series by San Francisco novelist Armistead Maupin. It was released on November 2, 2010. It is the third book in the series to be written as a novel rather than first print as a serial.

Maybe the Moon

Maybe the Moon is a 1992 novel written by San Francisco novelist Armistead Maupin.

The story Maupin describes as 'partly autobiographical', despite the main character being a female heterosexual Jewish dwarf. The character was also based on his friend Tamara De Treaux, who was the actor for E.T.Former tennis player Jim Courier read this book during a changeover.According to Maupin's website, Maybe the Moon may have been the last book Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis ever read. Daryl Hannah who, at the time, was dating Jackie's son John Kennedy, Jr., had optioned the book to produce a film version. She asked Jackie to read the book and give her an opinion.

Michael Tolliver Lives

Michael Tolliver Lives (2007) is the seventh book in the Tales of the City series by San Francisco novelist Armistead Maupin.

More Tales of the City (novel)

More Tales of the City (1980) is the second book in the Tales of the City series by San Francisco novelist Armistead Maupin, originally serialized in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Sarah Jane Morris (singer)

Sarah Jane Morris (born 21 March 1959, in Southampton, England) is an English singer of pop, jazz, rock and R&B and a songwriter.

In 1982, Morris joined The Republic as lead singer. A London-based Afro-Caribbean-Latin band with leftish tendencies, they received enormous publicity from the music press including cover stories with NME and City Limits and a documentary for Granada TV. But the band was deemed too political for radio play, with the exception of Capital London. The Republic were signed to Charlie Gillett's Oval Records Ltd and released an EP entitled Three Songs From The Republic and two singles entitled "One Chance" and "My Spies". Success did not follow and the band split up in 1984.

Morris then sang with The Happy End, a 21-piece brass band named after Bertolt Brecht, Elisabeth Hauptmann and Kurt Weill's musical play. Playing a circuit that included Brighton's Zap Club and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The Happy End explored protest music from Africa, Ireland and Latin America on a way that emulated Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra.

Morris explored her more theatrical side on Brecht/Eisler's There's Nothing Quite Like Money and Brecht/Weill's Pirate Jenny from The Threepenny Opera.

The Happy End released two albums on the Cooking Vinyl label with Morris. Following a successful Edinburgh run in 1986, Morris then decamped to chart success with The Communards.

Morris found fame initially with the Communards, who are best known for their hit "Don't Leave Me This Way". Morris featured prominently on many Communards tracks, her low vocal range contrasting with Jimmy Somerville's falsetto. She has also recorded as a solo artist, releasing albums since 1989. These have enjoyed most popularity in Italy and Greece.Morris also contributed to the opera The Fall of the House of Usher (1991) by Peter Hammill and Judge Smith, singing the part of the chorus. She also sang the part of Mère Ubu on the Pere Ubu album Long Live Père Ubu! (2009), which features songs from Bring Me The Head of Pere Ubu, David Thomas's theatrical adaptation of Alfred Jarry's Ubu Roi.

She is a cousin of American author Armistead Maupin.

Significant Others

Significant Others can refer to:

Significant Others (1998 TV series), an American drama series on the FOX Network

Significant Others (2004 TV series), an American sitcom on Bravo

Significant Others (novel), a 1987 work by Armistead Maupin

Significant Others (novel)

Significant Others (1987) is the fifth book in the Tales of the City series by American novelist Armistead Maupin. It originally was serialized in the San Francisco Examiner.

Sure of You

Sure of You (1989) is the sixth book in the Tales of the City series by San Francisco novelist Armistead Maupin. The story takes place around the eve of the 1988 presidential election in the U.S., three years after the previous book Significant Others. The book was written as the end to the Tales series and is the antithesis of the first book.

Tales of the City

Tales of the City is a series of nine novels written by American author Armistead Maupin. The stories from Tales were originally serialized prior to their novelization, with the first four titles appearing as regular installments in the San Francisco Chronicle, while the fifth appeared in the San Francisco Examiner. The remaining titles were never serialized, but were instead originally written as novels.

Tales of the City has been compared to similar serial novels that ran in other city newspapers, such as The Serial (1976; Marin County), Tangled Lives (Boston), Bagtime (Chicago), and Federal Triangle (Washington, D.C.).Characters from the Tales of the City series have appeared in supporting roles in Maupin's later novels Maybe the Moon and The Night Listener.

Tales of the City (novel)

Tales of the City (1978) is the first book in the Tales of the City series by American novelist Armistead Maupin, originally serialized in the San Francisco Chronicle. Set in 1970s San Francisco, it follows the residents of a small apartment complex at 28 Barbary Lane, including the eccentric landlady, Anna Madrigal.

The Days of Anna Madrigal

The Days of Anna Madrigal (2014) is the ninth and final book in the Tales of the City series by American novelist Armistead Maupin. The book was adapted by Lin Coghlan and broadcast as a ten-part radio drama on BBC Radio 4 in July 2017.

The Night Listener (film)

The Night Listener is a 2006 psychological thriller film directed by Patrick Stettner. The screenplay by Armistead Maupin, Terry Anderson, and Stettner is based on Maupin's 2000 novel The Night Listener, which was inspired by Anthony Godby Johnson.

The Night Listener (novel)

The Night Listener is a 2000 roman à clef by Armistead Maupin. The novel's plot is based on the author's interaction with Anthony Godby Johnson, the purported author of a book, A Rock and a Hard Place: One Boy's Triumphant Story, both before and after Anthony is suspected of being a hoax.

The Summit (San Francisco)

The Summit is a highrise condominium tower developed by Joseph Eichler, located near the top of the upscale Russian Hill in San Francisco, California, at 999 Green Street. The tower was designed by Niell Smith and Associates. Above ground, it has 4 floors of parking and 25 floors of residential condominiums. The tower, completed in 1965, has some of San Francisco's most expensive and scenic condos. This residential tower is featured in Sean Wilsey's book Oh the Glory of It All as well as "Significant Others" and "Sure of You" by Armistead Maupin.

Residents include former Secretary of State George Shultz and his wife, San Francisco's chief of protocol, Charlotte Smith Mailliard Swig Shultz. The couple hosted British prime minister Tony Blair at their two-floor penthouse home when Blair visited California in July 2006.

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