PARK CITY Dustin Hoffman is rumored to be in the market for a multimillion-dollar condo at Deer Valley. Should the two-time Oscar-winning actor buy into the luxurious St. Regis Resort & Residences project, he could well become the biggest name in Utah's glitterati playground.
But for now that title belongs to Montel Williams.
Or should it go to Tony Danza?
Cheech Marin, anyone?
Though not exactly the biggest names in Tinseltown, they are among the celebrities who own homes in and around Park City. The resort town 20 miles east of Salt Lake City has long been a mountain getaway for the rich and famous. Corporate honchos, an ambassador, even a potential presidential candidate maintain cozy hideaways along the Wasatch Back.
And rumors about who lives here fly like snowflakes in a winter storm.
Word is Lisa Kudrow has a place in Park City.
So does James Caan.
John Cusack used to have a house here.
So did Kevin Bacon. And don't forget Gene Hackman.
That guy from the Beastie Boys, Adam Yauch didn't he live here, too?
While none of those names came up in a search of current Summit County property tax records, many others did. And just because they weren't there doesn't necessarily mean they don't or didn't own a condo or house in Park City. It could just mean they're listed under another name or have moved on. Maybe they did nothing more than a little house hunting.
You won't find Tony Danza's name on the property tax rolls. But you will find Anthony Iadanza, his real name. Danza nearly died after a skiing accident in 1992 and considered selling his Deer Valley house.
The star of the 1980s sitcom "Who's the Boss?" wasn't available for an interview because he is opening on Broadway and is in tight rehearsals, according to his publicist.
Actor Scott Wolf is best known for his role as Baily Salinger on the Fox series "Party of Five" in the late '90s. He and his wife moved to Park City when he joined the cast of the made-in-Utah TV series "Everwood." Although the show was canceled, he still makes Utah his home while starring in the new ABC drama "The Nine," filmed in Los Angeles.
Three "Everwood" co-stars, Treat Williams, Tom Amandes and Gregory Smith, maintained homes during the show.
Park City is attractive to stars for several reasons, said local real estate agent Carlyle Morris.
It's close to Salt Lake City International Airport, so people can fly in and be skiing the same day. Vacation homes and condos aren't as pricey as they are in Vail and Aspen in Colorado. And perhaps more importantly, Park City offers a degree of privacy that some high-profile resorts do not.
Talk show host Montel Williams' trips to Park City could be called therapeutic. He revealed several years ago that he has multiple sclerosis, and he finds snowboarding a good remedy.
"Without a doubt, snowboarding has helped my MS," Williams told USA Today a couple of years ago.
Being on a snowboard forces him to be aware of his feet in space and time, and he believes that his brain is "in the process of rewiring around those areas of MS damage."
"When I snowboard for four or five days, I don't even have to think about walking," he said. "It becomes just as natural as it can be."
While scores of movie stars, entertainers and athletes pop up in town, especially during the annual Sundance Film Festival, not many live or have vacation homes on exclusive streets like Stein Way and Bald Eagle Drive. Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg kept a vacation home in Deer Valley where the Clinton family vacationed a couple of times, but his name did not come up on current property tax records.
Corporate bigwigs, high-powered lawyers and accomplished doctors own most of the posh mountain digs. Though renowned in their fields, they are not household names.
But there are other recognizable people, some whose stars shine today and some whose luster has faded over the years.
"Good Morning America" host and "World News Tonight" anchor Charles Gibson owns a $4.2 million ski-in, ski-out home in the heart of Deer Valley Resort.
Former Salt Lake Olympics boss and potential Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, currently the governor of Massachusetts, owns a $5.2 million "cabin" on the perhaps appropriately named Rising Star Lane.
Doctors apparently have an affinity for Park City. A couple of the more well known are Art Ulene and Eric Heiden.
Ulene, a longtime contributor to "Today" on NBC, splits time between Los Angeles and Park City. He is an advanced skier, an avid motorcyclist and a beginning snowboarder. His nationally syndicated health segments are seen on local television news programs around the country.
Heiden pulled off one of the greatest feats in Olympic history, winning five gold medals in speedskating at the 1980 Winter Games in Lake Placid. He accounted for all but one of the United States' gold medals that year. An orthopedic surgeon, he recently moved his practice to Utah to become the medical director at The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital in Murray.
Though not a doctor, gold-medal-winning skier Picabo Street certainly is familiar with them, having had reconstructive knee surgery and once breaking her leg in nine places in a 70 mph crash. She came back to win the downhill in the 1998 Nagano Winter Games. She also won silver in 1994.
Several other professional athletes call Park City home, including current Oakland Raiders tackle Barry Sims, eight-time National Hockey League all-star Luc Robitaille and six-time NBA All-Star Lou Hudson.
Hudson knew nothing about Park City until he arrived one day in 1981 to visit an old college girlfriend.
"I came out for a week to 10 days and really liked it and stayed," said the Greensboro, N.C., native.
"I was born on the East Coast. I have lived on both coasts. I never lived in the mountains. I never lived in a small town. That was the attraction," he said.
Hudson learned to ski, served on the City Council and was even named Citizen of the Year. A stroke a couple of years ago slowed him down, but he vows to hit the slopes again soon.
Besides Romney, a few political types who occasionally make the news have homes in the Park City area.
Clark T. Randt Jr., the current U.S. ambassador to China, has a vacation home in Deer Valley.
Lawyer Gordon C. Strachan found himself caught up in Watergate when he worked for President Richard Nixon's chief of staff, H.R. Haldeman. Strachan was indicted along with other White House staff members in 1974, but all charges against him were dropped the next year.He currently is a lawyer in Park City and has been involved with the local Republican Party.
Contributing: Lucinda Dillon KinkeadE-mail: [email protected]