RECOVERING Arnold Schwarzenegger, 49, successfully underwent aortic-valve-replacement surgery to correct a congenital condition, April 16, at an undisclosed hospital in L.A. According to a statement, the actor had no prior problems but felt it best to undergo the elective operation while he was ”young and healthy.” His doctors expect a full recovery.
WEDDINGS In tennis terms, it’s ”love, all.” On April 19, gorgeous actress Brooke Shields, 31, and tennis terror Andre Agassi, 26, ended a one-year engagement by tying the knot before 100 friends and family in Monterey, Calif…. On the same day, wedding bells chimed for boy wonder Chris O’Donnell, 26, and kindergarten teacher Caroline Fentress, 24, in Washington, D.C. This is the first marriage for all four.
LAWSUITS Promoter Michael Coppel, 47, filed for breach of contract against lite rocker Michael Bolton, 43, April 14, in New York’s U.S. district court. Coppel’s seeking at least $250,000 to recoup promotion costs after the singer canceled eight gigs Down Under in May 1996. A 36-page rider details Bolton’s dressing-room requirements, which include Celestial Seasonings Lemon Zinger and Red Zinger teas, a six-pack of Cherry 7UP, and peanut M&M’s. Says a spokesperson for Bolton, ”The lawsuit is frivolous and without merit and will be dismissed by the court.”… Dustin Hoffman, 59, filed a $5 million suit against Capital Cities/ ABC and Fairchild Publications, the parent companies of Los Angeles magazine, April 16, in L.A., over an altered photo of the actor published in the magazine in March. The photo shows the star in his Tootsie garb, except the original red-sequined dress has been replaced with a butter-colored Richard Tyler gown. According to court papers, because the magazine listed purchase information, Hoffman was ”converted into an involuntary clothing model without pay.” Fairchild had no comment; Capital Cities was unavailable.
DEATHS Songwriter Fred Spielman (born Fritz Spielmann), 90, March 21, in New York City. Spielman wrote more than 900 songs over 60 years, including hits for Frank Sinatra (”One Finger Melody”) and Bing Crosby (”Shepherd Serenade”). In 1973 he was nominated for a Grammy for Marie Osmond’s ”Paper Roses.”