May 19, 1980 12:00 PM

Sile de Valera, 25, may be considered a firebrand by some of her colleagues in Ireland’s parliament (above), but she’s only carrying on a family tradition. Sile (pronounced “Sheila”) is granddaughter of the late Eamon de Valera, founder of the Fianna Fail party (Gaelic for “Soldiers of Destiny”) and first president of the republic. Turned onto politics at 10, she soon began “stamp-licking and knocking on doors” for Dev’s party. Two years after he died, Sile became, at 22, the youngest woman ever to serve in the Dail, or house of representatives. In a searing speech last September, Sile exhorted then-PM Jack Lynch to be less conciliatory to Britain and tougher on reunification with Northern Ireland. That touched off a public outcry that culminated in Lynch’s resignation three months later—and his replacement by hard-liner Charles Haughey. Her father, Terence, is Ireland’s Master of the Supreme and High Court, and Sile, a B.A. from Dublin’s University College, is herself studying law. Her recreations are riding and theatergoing, but there isn’t much time. Last June Sile was elected the youngest representative to the European Parliament, and thus spends six months of the year on the Continent. But pursuing her grandfather’s dream of a unified Ireland remains Sile’s goal. “Until the border is done away with,” she declares, “there will be no peace.”

Norbert Wabnig, 27, is Beverly Hills’ cheese purveyor to the stars. Laurence Olivier comes to Norbert’s fromage-and-wine shop a block from Rodeo Drive for Stilton and fine port. Billy Wilder, Gene Wilder and Dinah Shore prefer Brie. Mel Brooks buys Parmesan. Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood send their cook over for Swiss. Of the 500 kinds, perhaps the biggest seller in that diet-obsessed bastion is pot cheese. Norbert’s late father was an engineer and his mother an actress, but Vienna-born Norbert wanted to make it as a pop musician. Although he knew only German when he moved with his family to New Orleans at the age of 5, he now speaks English without a trace of an accent. After graduating from LSU, he entered grad school in sociology but dropped out to head for California and a career in piano or drums. To pay the rent, he took a job at the Cheese Store of Beverly Hills. Three years later, in 1978, with a loan from his family, he scraped together the money to buy the store when its owner became ill, and Norbert now grosses $750,000 a year. He and wife Donna, who just had their first child, have moved up to a new house in woodsy Topanga Canyon and his-and-her Mercedeses. Although Norbert plans to open another store in Encino this summer, he still plays the piano and sings in a rock group called Wendell Nightfall. “I have no time for sports,” says Norbert. “My life is devoted to two things: music and cheese.”

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