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was just stand­ing there, and he walked up to me,” fash­ion en­tre­pre­neur Ta­mara Mel­lon re­calls of her first en­counter with Hol­ly­wood mogul Michael Ovitz, in 2011. “We were at a busi­ness con­fer­ence in Aspen, and he said, ‘Are you Ta­mara Mel­lon?’ I said, ‘Yes,’ and he said, ‘I would like to take you for a pri­vate drink.’” Ovitz’s bold strat­egy worked. “I thought, ‘Wow, that’s di­rect!’ But he was the only guy there with­out a pot­belly and old-man pants on – he was wear­ing nice jeans, looked pretty fit, and had nice teeth. So we went out.”

Four years, many more pri­vate drinks, and one enor­mous diamond ring later, Mel­lon and Ovitz are a larger-than-life su­per cou­ple, jug­gling their re­spec­tive busi­nesses be­tween Mel­lon’s home base in New York and Los An­ge­les, where Ovitz’s gi­ant, ul­tra-sleek man­sion in Bev­erly Hills dou­bles as a quasi-ex­hi­bi­tion space for his world-renowned art col­lec­tion. As Mel­lon learned quickly af­ter their in­tro­duc­tion, Ovitz’s ra­zor-sharp eye ex­tends far be­yond his taste in jeans. One of Hol­ly­wood’s best-known tal­ent agents, he has per­son­ally rep­re­sented Bar­bra Streisand and David

1918. Let­ter­man, and he co­founded Cre­ative Artists Agency in 1975. Ovitz built a ca­reer on his un­canny abil­ity to spot op­por­tu­ni­ties for his clients, and he has an equally im­pres­sive knack for hunt­ing down great art. Over the past three decades, he has amassed hun­dreds of land­mark mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary pieces, in­clud­ing ma­jor works by Pablo Pi­casso, Jasper Johns, Mark Rothko, Willem de Koon­ing, and Adolph Got­tlieb.

Mel­lon first vis­ited Ovitz’s art-filled com­pound in the fall of 2011, a few months af­ter they met. “I was like, ‘My God, you did all this? How did you find the time?’ It shows that he has pa­tience and per­se­ver­ance like you wouldn’t be­lieve,” she says. Be­fit­ting its con­tents, the 35,000-square-foot struc­ture is larger than many well­re­spected mu­se­ums. Com­posed of pol­ished, sculp­tural plates of stain­less steel and tucked among sweep­ing lawns like a gleam­ing sil­ver lake, it was com­pleted in 2009 af­ter 10 years of metic­u­lous plan­ning. “At first, I’d get lost in there, es­pe­cially at night when the lights were off,” says Mel­lon. “If I wanted to get a glass of wa­ter, I’d end up in one of the gal­leries in­stead of the kitchen.” Oth­er­wise, she felt right at home, and with

The stain­less steel ex­te­rior of the house, de­signed by ar­chi­tect Michael Maltzan, cap­tures

the pool’s re­flec­tion.

Gown, Carolina Her­rera.

Ta­mara in the sit­ting room be­neath Pi­casso’s Ar­lequin As­sis Jouant de la Gui­tare, Top; skirt; and shoes, all from Ta­mara Mel­lon. Ban­gles, Etro.

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