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PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Donations to restore dresses hit $30,000

Donations to restore dresses hit $30,000

AUSTIN, Texas -- Yes, those legions of ''Gone With the Wind'' fans really do care.

The University of Texas Harry Ransom Center said it has met its $30,000 fundraising goal to pay for restoring five of Scarlett O'Hara's gowns from the multiple Oscar-winning Civil War drama.

Ransom Center officials announced Tuesday that contributions came from more than 600 people in 44 states and 13 countries.

Actress Vivien Leigh wore the costumes in the 1939 film, including O'Hara's green curtain dress.

The Ransom Center is planning an exhibit to mark the movie's 75th anniversary in 2014. Once restored, the dress may be put on loan to museums.

Rowling gives 10M pounds to MS center

LONDON -- Author J.K. Rowling has given 10 million pounds ($15.4 million) to set up a center to research multiple sclerosis, the disease that killed her mother.

The creator of boy wizard Harry Potter said Tuesday that the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic, named after her mother, will be based at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Rowling said she hopes the clinic will become ''a world center for excellence in the field of regenerative neurology.''

Lohan talks trial, drug use in Vanity Fair

NEW YORK-- Lindsay Lohan wants your respect.

In the upcoming issue of Vanity Fair, the 24-year-old actress acknowledges making mistakes in the past and ''dabbling in certain things.''

But in a July interview with the magazine before she served 14 days in jail followed by 23 days of inpatient rehab, she defended her actions, saying she was young and curious and was associating with the wrong people.

''So many people around me would say they cared for the wrong reasons,'' Lohan said. ''A lot of people were pulling from me, taking from me and not giving. I had a lot of people that were there for me for, you know, the party.''