160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Lawrence used the castle as the site of celebrity-studded gatherings, including a fund-raising dinner for the Alzheimer’s Institute. It was also available to be rented for weddings and other special occasions, including the third annual Malibu Film Festival. The Web site touts Lawrence’s philanthropic work and said she’s been dubbed “The People’s Princess” by New York Newsday and the “Rose of Shiraz” by the New York Times. Lawrence purchased the home in 1998 for about $3 million. The 6,256-square-foot castle on 2.5 acres recently had been listed for sale for $17 million and was described by a real estate agent as an “entertainer’s paradise with views from every direction.” MALIBU – It was known simply as “The Castle” – a landmark stone mansion with turrets, parapets, fountains, arched gates and windows and fairytale charm. Built in 1978, the landmark known as Hodge’s Castle – and later as Castle Kashan – was owned by philanthropist and arts patron Lilly Lawrence. It burned to the ground Sunday as the Malibu blaze claimed its six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, chandeliers and countless works of art. According to published reports, Lawrence is the daughter of a former Iranian oil minister and goddaughter of the late Aristotle Onassis, the billionaire shipping magnate who married President John Kennedy’s widow. Photos posted on a Web site dedicated to the home – www.malibucastlekashan.com – show opulent rooms with lavish decorations and breath-taking views of the canyons below. The castle also contained collections including gifts and letters from presidents and royalty.