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Author donating to library

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Stephen King and his wife have agreed to pay $3 million to overhaul their century-old hometown library in Maine, as long as $6 million is raised from other sources.

Tabitha King, the author’s wife, serves on the building committee of the Bangor Public Library, which is planning a $9 million modernization. She’s also a former longtime board member.

Bowie items a draw

London’s Victoria and Albert Museum says an exhibition devoted to musician David Bowie is the fastest-selling show in its history.

The museum says 50,000 advance tickets have been sold for “David Bowie Is,” which opens on Saturday.

The exhibition draws together more than 300 objects, including sheet music, lyrics, videos, instruments and extravagant costumes – many from Bowie’s personal archive.

Actors to wed

Former “Gilmore Girls” star Alexis Bledel and “Mad Men” star Vincent Kartheiser are engaged.

Bledel’s publicist, Meghan Prophet, confirms the news, which was first reported by Us Weekly. She says the couple have been dating for about a year.

The 33-year-old Kartheiser plays ad man Pete Campbell on the hit AMC network drama, where, last season, Pete had an extramarital affair with the wife of a commuting friend. She was played by Bledel in a guest-starring role.

The 31-year-old Bledel is best known for her role in the long-running “Gilmore Girls.,”

Gaga doing well

Lady Gaga’s manager says the pop star is “doing unbelievable” a month after she had hip surgery that caused her to cancel her U.S. tour.

Vincent Herbert said in an interview Tuesday the 26-year-old Grammy winner is “doing wonderful, doing great.”

Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, hurt herself while performing some time ago.

Herbert says Gaga is finishing her new album, “ARTPOP,” and is “ready to get back to work.”

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actress Kathleen Widdoes is 74. Singer-keyboardist Rose Stone is 68. Actor Timothy Dalton is 67. Singer Eddie Money is 64. Singer-guitarist Rodger Hodgson is 63. Singer Russell Thompkins Jr. is 62. Actress Sabrina LeBeauf is 55. Actor Gary Oldman is 55. Actor Matthew Broderick is 51. Actress-comedian Rosie O’Donnell is 51.

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