While you were out

Bayville, N.Y. -- A 93-year-old woman whose house was damaged when Billy Joel slammed into it with his car had never heard of the Long Island singer until the accident, but now she expects him to pay for repairs.

Maria Dono of Bayville returned from a shopping trip Sunday afternoon to find Joel speaking with police outside her house.

"He hit my bushes and the wall. He'd better come fix it," Maria Dono told the New York Post for Tuesday's editions.

Claire Mercuri, a spokeswoman for Joel, said the 54-year-old singer's "main concern" was to repair the damage.

Joel had been driving on Bayville Avenue when his 1967 Citroen skidded on the wet road and hit Dono's house. There was no evidence of alcohol or drug involvement and Joel was not suspected of any crime, Nassau County police said.

Sleeping beauty

London -- Fans used to seeing David Beckham in motion on the field can now study him at rest in bed.

An hourlong "video portrait" of the soccer star asleep after training in Madrid, where he plays for Real Madrid, went on display Tuesday at the National Portrait Gallery.

The gallery, which houses portraits of famous Britons, said Monday that the Beckham piece, titled "David," was "intriguing and intimate." It was shot in a single, long take and runs in a continuous loop on a plasma screen.

"It is very immediate and I think rather powerful," gallery director Sandy Nairne told Channel 4 TV.

Party like it's 1985

New York City -- Get ready for five channels of Prince. MTV, MTV2, BET, VH1 and VH1 Classic will simultaneously broadcast a 30-minute Prince concert special at 8 p.m. CDT today, The Associated Press reports.

The concert, recorded last week before an audience at New York's Webster Hall, includes performances of material from Prince's new album, "Musicology," plus some of his classics. The telecast also includes interviews, with certain segments reserved for the individual stations.

"We wanted to do something unprecedented," said Judy McGrath, MTV Networks group president.

It's a boy ... and a girl

Los Angeles -- Oscar-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden just got a double dose of motherhood.

Harden, who won a supporting-actress Academy Award for 2000's "Pollock," gave birth to twins, her Los Angeles-based publicist said Tuesday.

The 44-year-old and her husband, Thaddaeus Scheel, had a boy, Hudson Harden Scheel, and a girl, Julitta Dee Harden Scheel, last Thursday in New York.

"Everyone is doing fine," publicist Carri McClure said. "They're not getting a lot of sleep, but everyone is doing well."

The actress and her husband also have a 5-year-old daughter, Eulala.


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