Celebrity news for the week of September 18, 1998

Supermodel Claudia Schiffer, 27, and the Fashion Cafe. In 1995, Schiffer opened the theme eatery with fellow catwalkers Elle Macpherson, Naomi Campbell, and Christy Turlington, but the cafes (in New York and London) are now reportedly losing money. Last year, Turlington also pulled out of the venture. ”The association was an exciting one,” said a spokeswoman for Schiffer. But ”old problems…persisted and made her continuation impossible.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger, 51, filed a $50 million libel suit against the Globe, Sept. 2, in L.A., claiming that the tabloid’s Aug. 4 story ”Arnie’s Got a Ticking Time Bomb in His Chest” is false and damaging to his action-hero image. According to court papers, the actor claims the piece, about his elective heart surgery in 1997, portrays him as ”a gaunt shadow of the bulging-muscled Mr. Universe he used to be” and also quotes a physician Schwarzenegger says he has never met. ”We stand by our story,” says Globe editor Tony Frost, ”and we intend to vigorously fight this frivolous lawsuit.”

Writer John Berendt, 58, from a heart attack, Aug. 28, during a business trip to Savannah. Berendt, whose Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil has been on the New York Times best-seller list for 216 weeks, was admitted to Savannah’s Memorial Medical Center on Aug. 30 and released four days later. ”It was an extremely mild heart attack,” says Berendt, now back at his home in New York City. ”I had pains on Friday and didn’t bother to go to the hospital until Sunday. I feel perfectly fine.”

Director Akira Kurosawa, 88, of a stroke, Sept. 6, in Tokyo (see Legacy on page 18)…. Writer Allen Drury, 80, of cardiac arrest, Sept. 2, in San Francisco. A former reporter in the Washington bureau of The New York Times, Drury turned his insider knowledge of the nation’s capital into the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1959 novel Advise and Consent, which was made into a Broadway play as well as the 1962 movie starring Henry Fonda…. Actor Wade Dominguez, 32, of respiratory failure, Aug. 26, in L.A. Dominguez’s breakout role was opposite Michelle Pfeiffer in 1995’s Dangerous Minds, in which he played a troubled student. He also appears in the yet-to-be-released Reasonable Doubt with Melanie Griffith.