People: Katie Couric, Maggie Smith, Lady Gaga, Kate Gosselin
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Katie Couric is losing sleep over some odd 911 calls, the Associated Press reports.
New York City police said Thursday they had been called to Couric's Manhattan home several times recently because of 911 calls traced to a phone listed there. The 911 operator hears only static, but police are compelled to answer each call.
The calls come on Tuesdays at 2 a.m., as Couric told an audience at her talk show's taping this week.
Police say they are investigating whether something's wrong with her phone or if Couric is the victim of a high-tech prankster. Couric called New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to ask advice on what to do and is awaiting the results of the investigation.
The calls were first reported in a New York Daily News story headlined "Katie's 911 Hell."
Millions of people have watched Maggie Smith on "Downton Abbey." But she's not one of them.
The 78-year-old actress, who portrays Lady Grantham in the popular PBS series, told "60 Minutes" that she hasn't watched the drama because doing so would only make her agonize over her performance, the AP reports. She said she may watch it someday.
Smith told Steve Kroft, in an interview to be televised Sunday, that what she takes from the role is "the delight of acting."
She has two Oscars, three Emmys and a Tony, but she said the "Downton Abbey" role has given her more public recognition than anything in her career.
Lady Gaga has canceled the rest of her tour dates due to a hip injury, the AP reports.
Live Nation Global Touring said in a news release Wednesday that Lady Gaga has a tear in her right hip that will require surgery, followed by a recovery period.
The pop star's website showed 21 dates through March 20 remaining on her "Born This Way Ball" tour schedule. Fans who have already bought tickets will receive a refund beginning Thursday.
Lady Gaga postponed four dates on Tuesday after experiencing difficulties Monday during her concert in Montreal. The singer's show is high energy with nonstop dancing. She explained to fans on Twitter that she'd hurt herself while performing some time ago.
She wrote: "I hid it from my staff, I didn't want to disappoint my amazing fans. However after last nights performance I could not walk and still can't."
Is Kate Gosselin still considered a celebrity?
ABC thinks so. The network has recruited the onetime tabloid staple for its reality series "Celebrity Wife Swap," E! News reports. The former "Jon & Kate Plus 8" star will trade lives with Playboy Playmate Kendra Wilkinson in the season premiere of the Alphabet's reality series, airing Feb. 26.
Like previous Wife Swap-pers, Gosselin and Wilkinson will trade lives, kids and homes for one week. For Gosselin that means temporarily moving in with Wilkinson's hubby, former NFL wide receiver Hank Baskett, and their 3-year-old son, Hank. Meanwhile, Wilkinson will try out single motherhood with Gosselin's brood of eight, which includes twins Cara and Mady, 12, and sextuplets Aaden, Collin, Joel, Leah, Alexis and Hannah, 8. Their father, of course, is Gosselin's ex-husband, Jon.
Wilkinson is also slated to appear as a contestant on ABC's upcoming reality series "Splash."
"Celebrity Wife Swap" returns to ABC on Feb. 26 at 8 p.m.
First Published February 15, 2013 12:00 am