Sideshow: Gaga, Keys top list of big givers

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Lady Gaga was recognized by the national group DoSomething.org for her charitable work on gay-rights issues.

They already give so freely of their essence, their soul, their very Geist. Yet, some entertainers even give to charity, a heartwarming thought in these days of giving.

Just ask givers Lady Gaga and Alicia Keys, who gave so much support to charitable causes this year, they are No. 1 and No. 2 respectively on an annual list of the most charitable stars released by national do-gooder dot.org, DoSomething.org.

Her Gagaship is recognized for her work on gay-rights issues, while Keep a Child Alive founder Keys has concentrated on the fight against HIV/AIDS.

The top five is rounded out by Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, whose DNA Foundation combats child sex trafficking, and Ellen DeGeneres, who helped raise $150,000 for lesbians and gays struggling with mental-health issues.

Whoa - where's Oprah Winfrey? Shocked she's not in first place? The talk-show mogul's work with the Giving Back Fund lands her at No. 9.

Bristol heads Outside

We don't know what sort of bungalow $172,000 buys in Wasilla, Alaska, but in the Phoenix suburb of Maricopa, someone - Bristol Palin, for instance - can pick up a 3,900-square-foot brown stucco, two-level, tile-roofed place with 5 bedrooms, 21/2 baths, and a garage for three cars.

No place to swim out back like at mom and dad's place, but there's a community pool in the development, called Cobblestone Farms.

Those pesky public records in Pinal County show that Bristol, 20, is the sole purchaser of the home, built in 2006 (and sold then for north of $325,000). "I'm not sure why she wanted to buy that home, but we are real happy for her," previous co-owner Michael Smith, of North Dakota, told the Arizona Republic newspaper.

No word on whether Bristol will use it as a primary residence, a vacation place, or an investment property.

Lauryn Hill to grace A.C.

Fugees goddess Lauryn Hill, who disappeared from public view more than a decade ago, is reclaiming her fans: Billboard says the "Repercussions" singer will launch an intimate tour of small venues beginning Dec. 27 in New York. She'll play the House of Blues in Atlantic City on Jan. 29.

Not so fantastic now?

Somehow The Fantastic Three doesn't quite cut it as a title. But that's the bleak future facing famed comic book The Fantastic Four: Marvel Comics says one of the story's four heroes - Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch, and the Thing - will die in issue No. 587 next month.

It will be the most radical change ever to hit the comic, which was launched nearly 50 years ago. Who'll be the unlucky superhero? Exec editor Tom Brevoort says writer Jonathan Hickman has included a string of clues in previous issues.

Ellen, generous to a fault

Ellen DeGeneres cares about unwanted dogs: The talk-show host has joined forces with consumer brand Halo, Purely for Pets to deliver a million free meals to pet animals languishing in shelters across the nation.

"Imagine, an animal in a shelter, in a cage, lonely," says Ellen. "A good meal is kind of all they have to look forward to, until you adopt them!"

Now, a bag of Posh Spice

Bubblepop singer turned celeb wife and sartorial artist Victoria Beckham, whose patterns have adorned boldfaced bods from Heidi Klum to Kelly Ripa, has launched an ultra-chic, ultra-expensive line of shoulder bags, says USA Today. Info at Net-a-porter.com.

Lust, love, kids, divorce

"My brain always told me . . . if she's too skinny . . . she probably can't cook." So says Ice T in a tweet in which he praises his wife Coco's curvy bod.

American soccer star Landon Donovan has filed for divorce from Rules of Engagement star Bianca Kajlich after four years. They have no kids.

Paris Hilton, beloved of her fans for the sex tape she made with Rick Salomon, has let us all down: Her ex-bf Doug Reinhardt tells TMZ that rumors he and Paris made a sex tape are untrue. Yo, Doug: Rick made more than $10 mil off his tape.

Cougar Town beauties Courteney Cox and Brian Van Holt have been seen cozying up to each other so freely, E! News declares the twosome "don't give a hoot what people think their relationship is or isn't." Cox, a grown-up, continues to be estranged from her kid-adult spouse, David Arquette.


This article contains information from Inquirer wire services and websites. Contact "SideShow" at sideshow@phillynews.com.