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Jimmy Buffett's civil suit and Robert Downey Jr.'s movie insurance problems made news the week of April 4

Weddings Mother writer-director-star Albert Brooks, 49, married multimedia producer Kimberly Shlain, 31, March 15, in San Francisco. The nearly 200 guests included Penny Marshall, Carrie Fisher, James Brooks, and Garry Shandling. ”I loved his mind way before I met him,” says Shlain, who was introduced to Brooks by a friend. ”I knew all the lines in his movies.” It’s a first marriage for both.

Lawsuits Litigating away in Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffett, 50, filed a civil suit, March 18, in L.A., against restaurateurs Laren Gartner, 51, and Edna Bayliff, 42, founders of Maui’s Cheeseburger in Paradise. Citing trademark infringement and misappropriation of identity (”Cheeseburger in Paradise” was Buffett’s 1978 hit), the suit claims the island eatery plays Buffett songs, mentions the singer on its menu, and is decorated with motifs associated with Buffett. ”We received, in 1993, a national service mark [from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office] for the restaurant name,” Gartner said in a statement.

Exits His past keeps getting in the way of his future. Recently rehabbed Robert Downey Jr., 32, left his costarring role in the upcoming John McNaughton thriller, Wild Things, March 20, after the film’s production company, Mandalay Entertainment, asked him to foot the bill for the near-seven-figure insurance premium required because of his drug-abuse history. Both sides decline to comment. Matt Dillon is expected to replace Downey.

Births A boy, 8-pound 4-ounce Milo Sebastian, to sassy talk-show host Ricki Lake, 27, and her husband, artist Rob Sussman, 28, March 22, in New York City. It’s their first child.

Deaths Thomas the Tank Engine author and Anglican minister Rev. Wilbert Awdry, 85, March 21, in Stroud, England. Awdry’s tales of a plucky blue steam engine are the basis of the Emmy-winning PBS series Shining Time Station … Writer-critic V.S. Pritchett, 96, March 20, in London’s Whittington Hospital. A distinguished short-story writer, Pritchett authored more than 40 books … Philly-soul bandleader Harold Melvin, founder of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, 57, of an apparent stroke, March 24, at home in Philadelphia. Melvin discovered Teddy Pendergrass, lead singer on such Blue Notes hits as ”If You Don’t Know Me by Now” and ”The Love I Lost.” ”I learned a great deal,” says Pendergrass. ”Mel was a great coach.”