August 21, 2001 03:24 PM

DIED: Noted actress Kim Stanley, 76, who in 1955 created the leading Broadway role in “Bus Stop” (later played on screen by Marilyn Monroe), died in a Santa Fe, N.M., hospital on Monday of an undisclosed lengthy illness, her daughter told The New York Times. Her Oscar nominations included one for 1982’s “Frances,” in which she played the mother of actress troubled Frances Farmer (who was played by Jessica Lange) . . . SUSPENDED: Peter Bart, the editor of the Hollywood trade paper Variety since 1989, is on leave following the revelation of comments he allegedly made regarding homosexuals as well as for conflict-of-interest allegations that he tried to sell screenplays while he was editor of the paper (in violation of his publication’s editorial guidelines prohibiting employees from profiting from companies covered by the paper). Bart, 69, has denied the allegations and the accuracy of the quotes in the article, which appear in the September issue of Los Angeles magazine. L.A. magazine stands by its article . . . SCHEDULED: “Survivor” winner Richard Hatch, 40, has agreed to appear on the syndicated TV show “Blind Date.” His episode, the first to match-up two gay men, is due to surface during the November sweeps . . . OFFERED: Frank Sinatra’s 14-room Beverly Hills home has been put on the market — furnished — for $12.5 million, listing agents said on Monday. The legend lived there for about 15 years, until his May 1998 death at age 82. His widow Barbara, 74, reportedly bought a $3 million penthouse for herself in nearby Westwood in June . . . RECUPERATED: Broadcaster Paul Harvey, 82, returned to the airwaves on Monday, sounding a bit hoarse but telling his 24 million listeners that it “feels so good to be back.” Harvey had been M.I.A. from his 15-minute daily radio shows since mid-May while recovering from what he believed at first was a severe case of laryngitis. Doctors later diagnosed a virus that had settled in one of his vocal cords.

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