Celebrity news for the week of June 16, 1995

By Jessica Shaw and Daneet Steffens
Updated June 16, 1995 at 04:00 AM EDT

Actress and director Sondra Locke, 48, filed suit against former companion Clint Eastwood, 65, for fraud and breach of fiduciary duty, on June 5 in Los Angeles. It’s not the first time Locke and Eastwood have locked legal horns. In 1989, she sued Eastwood for breach of agreement, seeking 50 percent of his earnings acquired during their 13-year personal and professional alliance. The suit was dropped when Eastwood agreed to get a director’s contract for Locke at Warner Bros. In the current suit, Locke alleges that Eastwood ”secretly” interfered with that contract and that the studio subsequently ”rejected and refused to develop all projects proposed by Locke. The message to the film industry and the world at large was that Locke was not to be taken seriously.” Eastwood’s spokesman has no comment.

Country singer Travis Tritt, 32, at his home outside Atlanta. Tritt collapsed after leaving a Nashville recording studio on June 2 and was hospitalized overnight for exhaustion and dehydration. The star was forced to cancel appearances at Nashville’s Fan Fair. ”He hasn’t missed Fan Fair in six years,” says his publicist, ”but he’s been touring all year, filming a movie [Sgt. Bilko], and recording his new album.”

Friends star Lisa Kudrow, 31, to French ad executive Michel Stern, 37, on May 27 in Malibu. A spokeswoman for Kudrow says all Friends were on hand except David Schwimmer, ”because he’s shooting a movie [The Pallbearer] in New York.”

Novelist Stanley Elkin, 65, of heart failure, on May 31 in St. Louis. Winner of the 1982 National Book Critics Circle Award for George Mills, he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1972 but continued to write and to teach at Washington University. His 17th book, Mrs. Ted Bliss, is due in September from Hyperion. ”He was funny, entertaining, sweet,” says Hyperion exec editor Pat Mulcahy. ”A definite curmudgeon with a heart of gold — and a terrific sense of American rhythm.”