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SHARON STONE, who stars as a gunslinger and a high plains drifter in TriStar's Western "The Quick and the Dead," has purchased a home in the Beverly Hills area for close to $4.5 million, sources say.

Stone, who became one of the hottest actresses in Hollywood after she co-starred with Michael Douglas in the 1992 blockbuster "Basic Instinct," co-stars with Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese's Universal film "Casino," due to be released in October.

In a role that is said to have "precipitated her rise to fame," Stone, 36, played Arnold Schwarzenegger's wife in the 1990 film "Total Recall." In 1993, she co-starred with William Baldwin in "Sliver," and in 1994, she starred with Richard Gere in "Intersection" and with Sylvester Stallone in "The Specialist."

She bought an 11,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style house with a tennis court and pool. She plans to spend a couple of years refurbishing and expanding the home before moving into it, sources say.

The sellers were represented by Sherry Sexton of Celebrity Properties, Beverly Hills, and Stone was represented by Marilyn Watson of the same realty firm.

The Beverly Hills home that TV producer NORMAN LEAR ("All in the Family," "Maude," "The Jeffersons") has been leasing since his Mandeville Canyon house was damaged in the Northridge earthquake has come on the market at $6.1 million.

Lear's residence, which sustained more than $1 million in damage, is expected to be ready for him and his family to re-occupy in a couple of months.

The Beverly Hills house, owned by a local business executive, has four bedrooms plus maid's quarters and a guest house in about 12,000 square feet.

The nearly four-acre estate, which also has a tennis court and city views, is co-listed by Joe Babajian and Gail Mintz, both with Fred Sands Estates, directors' office, Beverly Hills.

RICHARD MOLL, who played the bald bailiff in the long-running "Night Court" TV series and Hoagie in the 1994 movie "The Flintstones," has listed his Playa del Rey home at $550,000.

The 6-foot-8 actor lived in the home before he and his wife, SUSAN, were married in July, 1993. Susan is a step-daughter of legendary comedian Milton Berle by Berle's current wife, Lorna. Shortly after their wedding, the Molls bought a $2-million house in Pacific Palisades.

After expanding the Palisades home, they moved there and leased out the Playa del Rey house, which has three bedrooms in just under 3,000 square feet. The house also has high ceilings, says listing agent Brendan McCarthy of John Aaroe & Associates, Brentwood office.

Two-time Academy Award-winning composer AL KASHA and his interior-designer wife, CEIL, have put their Westlake Village home, with a private boat dock, on the market at just under $550,000.

Kasha is best known for his Oscar-winning songs "The Morning After" from "The Poseidon Adventure" and "We May Never Love Like This Again" from "The Towering Inferno." He has written songs for many films and was musical supervisor for the Disney film "Pete's Dragon."

The Kashas bought their lakefront home, on Westlake Island, last August, then completely remodeled it. Built in 1976, the home has four bedrooms in 2,600 square feet.

"They have been living in it but came from the Westside and for business reasons, must move back," said listing agent George Hutchison at Brown Realtors, Westlake Village.

Producer LARRY THOMPSON, who is working on the film version of Kahlil Gibran's book "The Prophet," is planning to spend more than $600,000 to renovate his Hidden Valley home, which he bought seven years ago from actor Kirk Douglas and his wife, Anne.

Thompson wants to refurbish the 3,500-square-foot, Santa Fe-style house on 1.5 acres in time for his wedding next Valentine's Day to former actress Carla Herd. Thompson met her on Valentine's Day, 1994, and proposed to her on Valentine's Day this year.

Thompson was a co-owner of New World Pictures and has produced such TV films as "The Woman He Loved" (the story of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor). He also has a home in Monaco.

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