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If Claire Danes had itch for Ivy, it’s hers now

Golden Globe winner Claire Danes will be picking up a pudding pot from Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals.

The student group named Danes on Friday as its Woman of the Year. She’ll get a parade and a roast Thursday.

Danes won her third Golden Globe last Sunday for her role as CIA agent Carrie Mathison on Showtime’s new “Homeland.” She won a Golden Globe, an Emmy and a Screen Actors Guild award last year for her work in HBO’s “Temple Grandin.”

The 32-year-old gained attention at 15 when she won her first Golden Globe and an Emmy nomination for “My So-Called Life.”

The Man of the Year will be announced this week and honored Feb. 3. Jay Leno won last year.

Wait, Ringo was in a band?

British actor-comedian Russell Brand will interview former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr for Sirius XM Radio.

“Town Hall With Ringo Starr” will air live from Los Angeles on Jan. 30.

Starr will perform at the event.

A day later, Starr will release his 17th solo album, “Ringo 2012.”

Brand said in a statement Thursday that he’s a “massive fan” of Starr, “but like most people I am ignorant as to his life before he rose to prominence with ‘Thomas the Tank Engine.’ ”

Added Brand: “Now we can unravel the enigma of Ringo.”

Wedding plans for Elizabeth Smart

A Utah woman kidnapped at knifepoint at age 14 and held captive for nine months is getting married.

A spokesman for 24-year-old Elizabeth Smart says she got engaged last weekend and will likely marry in the summer.

No details about the groom-to-be were disclosed. The spokesman says Smart plans to keep her personal life private.

One-time itinerant street preacher Brian David Mitchell was convicted in 2010 of Smart’s 2002 kidnapping and sexual assault. He’s serving a life prison sentence.

The birthday bunch

Actress Piper Laurie is 80. Author Joseph Wambaugh is 75. Actor John Hurt is 72. Singer Steve Perry is 63. Country singer-musician Teddy Gentry (Alabama) is 60. Movie director Jim Jarmusch is 59. Actress Linda Blair is 53. Actress Diane Lane is 47. Actor-rap DJ Jazzy Jeff is 47. Country singer Regina Nicks (Regina Regina) is 47. Rhythm-and-blues singer Marc Gay (Shai) is 43. Actor Gabriel Macht is 40. Actor Balthazar Getty is 37. Actor Christopher Kennedy Masterson is 32. Pop singer Willa Ford is 31. Actress Beverley Mitchell is 31. Rock singer-musician Ben Moody is 31. Actress Sami Gayle (TV’s “Blue Bloods”) is 16.

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