Houghton, 36, was born Jennifer Edwards in San Diego on Sept. 17, 1975. At 15 years old, she was discovered at a mall by a modeling scout who helped her land a $15,000 Vogue shoot. Her success in that area paved the way for her to appear on “The Real World” two years after graduating from high school. The camera crews followed her through several cities in search of a forever home.
Houghton married Justin Hodakow and gave birth to the couple’s first child, daughter, Rani on Dec. 16, 1998. The actress had a miscarriage while filming “Wicked Step Sister” and later she suffered a stillbirth during filming of the TV movie “Rattled.” She was also diagnosed with Rosacea, which she said was “really bad in college. Overall, I just didn’t feel attractive at all.”
The actress felt especially vulnerable after suffering a miscarriage while filming “Rattled” in 2001. She has two children, daughter Lily (born April 2003) and son Rigg (born June 2005). Houghton was also diagnosed with Rosacea, which she called very bad during her college years. “Overall, I just did not feel attractive at all,” she said. “My body just wasn’t what it should be when I was young. I mean, I was a teenager who never worked out and stuff, so I just didn’t feel pretty enough.”
What is Turtle Creek Lane?
It’s the only eight-bedroom, eight-bathroom, 7,000 square-foot home in Los Angeles. Known as “The Castle,” it was built in 1926 and is located at 2202 Turtle Creek Lane in Bel Air. Its original price tag was $35 million. It sold to Jennifer Houghton for $5.5 million on May 1, 2009. After her victory on “The Real World,” Houghton paid $4 million for the house in 2003 after a short period of renting it out to friends. She has since turned the property into a trendy restaurant and lounge called Castle.
“The Castle” was built by architect Edward Killingsworth in 1926. It took him six months to finish the project. He dedicated it to his wife, Sara, and their son, Richard James. The house is over 6,000 square feet, but was much larger in the past. Over time it has been lost by multiple owners and vandals have destroyed several sections of the house.
Where is Turtle Creek Lane Located?
In the affluent neighborhood of Bel Air, Turtle Creek Lane is tucked away between Sunset and Mulholland Drive. The 10-mile long street is known for its celebrity residents and hidden mansions. Tucked at the end of a cul-de-sac, Number 2202 sits above the city lights. With no close neighbors to disturb her peace and quiet, Houghton has full control of the property.
Houghton has lived here since she was four years old. Her family had a summer home in the area and she would often visit with her grandparents. When she turned 16, Houghton got the house for herself. The third-generation star of “General Hospital” doesn’t have to share her neighborhood with anyone, although there are houses close enough that she can hear the sounds of other people’s TVs or life.
Who lived in the Villa on Turtle Creek Lane?
The home was built by silent movie star Ronald Colman, whose most famous roles were in “The Prisoner of Zenda” and “Lost Horizon.” In 1926, he employed 300 craftsmen at his Villa Montalvo estate in Napa where he spent time with his wife, actress Benita Hume. Hume was a well-known star of her time and is described as having it all: beauty, brains, and charm. She also won a Best Actress Academy Award for her role in “Broken Blossoms.” Colman was an avid golfer who owned a private golf course on his estate called the Talmoor Club. He also had a farm in Branson, Missouri where he hosted parties at his estate. Ronald Colman died in 1956 at the age of 86 and is buried on the Talmoor property. In the mid 1950’s, Colman’s daughter, actress Jennifer Houghton lived in the Villa on Turtle Creek Lane with her husband, Richard C. Jenney, who was a former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Richard Jenney is known for creating the golden statue award that we see today at movie awards ceremonies. He also created trophies for the Emmys that are given out each year for television excellence and crafted other awards presented by other organizations such as the Oscars and Golden Globes. Jennifer Houghton, who grew up in a mansion on Turtle Creek Lane, became one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood. She was married to Richard to whom she bore one child named Christopher. Jennifer and Richard later divorced, and Jennifer remarried actor Michael Douglas. She passed away in 1995 at the age of 69 from ovarian cancer and is buried with her family at Holy Cross cemetery in Culver City, California.
Who graduated from Harvard University in 2009?
Jennifer Houghton, the former cast member of “The Real World: Hollywood,” graduated from Harvard University in May 2009 with bachelor’s degrees in psychology and sociology. She received her bachelor’s degree honor society, Beta Gamma Sigma. Houghton graduated magna cum laude with a 3.87 GPA and was ranked #10 out of the more than 6,500 students in her graduating class, placing her in the top 1% of all students in her class. In addition to her academic achievements, she was selected to be part of the Harvard Winner’s Club, an honor which is given to students who are recognized by Harvard University for their outstanding academic achievement.
Jennifer Houghton grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia and subsequently moved to Scottsdale in 1999. She attended Chaparral High School for her freshman and sophomore years. She transferred to American Heritage School, a school for academically average students, where she graduated with honors in 2001. Houghton then attended the University of Arizona for her junior and senior years of college but left after a year due to “irreconcilable differences.