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Historic Wis. home opens to public

GENESEE DEPOT, Wis. (AP) -- Ten Chimneys in southeastern Wisconsin is open for the season.

Ten Chimneys is the former home of late theater greats Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt. It's in Genesee Depot, a small town about 30 miles west of Milwaukee, where Lunt was born.

The couple retreated there in the summer, and fellow actors like Helen Hayes, Laurence Olivier, Katharine Hepburn and other friends frequently visited.

Fontanne and Lunt co-starred in more than 40 plays in five decades. Lunt died in 1977 and Fontanne in 1983. The 60-acre estate opened in 2003 after a five-year, $12.5 million renovation.

Tours started for the season Tuesday and continue through Nov. 13. They run Tuesday through Saturday, although it will be open on Mother's Day.

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