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Aunt Mitsy’s House from “Rumor Has It”

Sep 2nd, 2011 | By | Category: Movie Locations

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One location that I have been on the lookout for for what seems like ages now is the home where Aunt Mitsy (aka Kathy Bates) lived in the 2005 movie Rumor Has It.  Even though I was never a particularly big fan of the flick, I pretty much fell in love with Aunt Mitsy’s adorable little bungalow – and her huge front porch – at first sight and have wanted to stalk it ever since.  Especially being that my girl Jen Aniston had filmed a scene on the premises.  Because no apartment number, street sign, or even a full view of the exterior of the property was visible at any point during the movie, though, I figured this was one locale that would be virtually impossible to track down.

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Enter fellow stalker Geoff, from the 90210Locations website, who emailed me last week to ask for some help in locating the home where Grandma Bunny (aka Betty White) lived in the 2010 romantic comedy You Again.  Well, I took one look at the screencap he sent me (pictured above) and realized that, while it was not the same house featured in Rumor Has It, the two properties looked amazingly similar – which got me to thinking that they might just be located in close proximity to each other, quite possibly even on the same street.  So I immediately began searching for the You Again house and also got fellow stalkers Chas, from the It’sFilmedThere website, Mike, from MovieShotsLA, and Owen on the case.

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As fate would have it, Mike happened to recognize the yellow Victorian-style home located in the background of the Rumor Has It scene and when he looked at that property on Google Street View, sure enough, there was Mitsy’s house right across the street.  Yay!

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Aunt Mitsy’s house was only featured in one very brief scene in Rumor Has It, in which Sarah Huttinger (aka Jennifer Aniston) asks Mitsy for information about her deceased mother.  It is there that Mitsy first tells Sarah about her mother’s affair with Beau Burroughs (aka Kevin Costner), at which point Sarah realizes that her family served as the inspiration for the movie The Graduate.  (Yeah, yeah – lame plot for a movie, I know.)  From its appearance in Rumor Has It, I had assumed that the home was an extremely small, one-story dwelling and searched for it as such.  As it turns out, I could not have been more wrong.

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In real life the house looks nothing at all like how I had envisioned it to look in my mind.  Not only is the place two levels, but it is also pretty darn huge!

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And furthermore, the property is actually an apartment building – not a private residence as I had originally thought!  As you can see above, the dwelling has several front doors and consists of at least three separate units.  This is one location that I can honestly say I NEVER would have found on my own.  Not in a million years.

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Thankfully, the front porch area looks pretty much the same today as it did back in 2005 when Rumor Has It was filmed.  There is currently much less foliage in place and the house is now painted blue instead of yellow, but otherwise little else has changed in that section of the property over the years and it still looks just as cute in person as it did onscreen.  Oh, what I wouldn’t give to sit on that porch in the same spot that Jen sat to pose for a pic!  Smile

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The other houses on the street that appeared in the background of the scene look exactly the same as they did in the movie, as well.  And, yes, we did also end up finding Grandma Bunny’s house from You Again – well, fellow stalker Chas found it – and I will be blogging about it soonSmile

Big THANK YOU to Mike, from MovieShotsLA, for finding this location and to fellow stalkers Chas, from the It’sFilmedThere website, Geoff, from the 90210Locations website, and Owen for all of the time and effort they put into this search.

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  Smile

Stalk It: Aunt Mitsy’s house from Rumor Has It is located at 485 Ellis Street in Pasadena.

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4 comments

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  1. Tenom says:

    Why wasn’t Kathy Bates name listed in the credits?

  2. lavonna says:

    Cute movie…Kathy Bates is a trip

  3. I saw this movie. Adorable house.


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