January 28, 1991 12:00 PM

RONSTADT STILL SINGLE

Ah, the wisdom of hindsight. Last fall some of Linda Ronstadt’s closest friends told us that the singer and Quint Davis, 43. the New Orleans music impresario who has been her beau since 1989, would marry over Christmas (PEOPLE, Sept. 24, 1990). Well, the couple indeed spent the holidays together, in Tokyo, where Ronstadt. 44, performed at a John Lennon tribute concert, but they didn’t get married.

Although fellow songstress Bonnie Raitt, 41, announced last week that she is soon taking her first marital plunge, with actor Michael (Against the Law) O’Keefe, 35, apparently the never-married Linda just isn’t ready. One of the same Ronstadt pals we talked to in September says the singer’s decision not to wed Davis at this time “follows a familiar pattern. She has been proposed to many times,” says the source. “[Singer-songwriter] J.D. Souther wanted to marry her. and [ex-California Gov.] Jerry Brown is said to have brought marriage up too. And each time, Linda thinks about it and then chickens out. I guess she got cold feet again.”

BIG STUDIOS FIGHT IT OUT

Time was in Hollywood when mindless action-adventure films starring kickboxers and karate experts were the province of independent movie companies. The major studios, as a rule, steered clear of these punch-and-crunch projects. Until, that is. Chuck Norris, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger began proving that hunks didn’t need to engage in sexy dialogue with a leading lady to seduce audiences around the globe.

Now, with overseas grosses more important than ever, the major studios are scrambling to find trained fighters with enough looks and chops to become big action-adventure stars along the lines of the increasingly popular Steven Seagal. Universal has already latched on to Jean-Claude Van Damme, releasing the Belgian-born martial artist’s latest kickfest, Lionheart, on Jan. 11. Lionheart grossed $7 million its first weekend, ranking behind only Home Alone and Awakenings.

Paramount, too, wants in on the kick-the-daylights-out-of-the-enemy flicks. In March, Paramount is bringing out The Perfect Weapon, starring Jeff Speakman, 33. a 6′, 185-lb., fifth-degree kenpo karate black belt whom the movie’s director found during a casting call for a Van Damme movie.

One movie executive, explaining the big studios’ rush to find potential gladiators, says, “Subtlety doesn’t play in some overseas markets. There’s no language barrier in action-adventure because there’s rarely any talking. You don’t see many women in these films because women are verbal and subtle.”

A ROSIE BY ANY OTHER NAME…

It was reported recently that Roseanne Barr, 38, will soon change her professional name to Roseanne Arnold as a “tribute” to her husband, writer and comedian Tom Arnold, 31.

In the same interview on the syndicated TV show Personalities, Arnold was quoted as saying he would soon be converting to Judaism.

What the story didn’t do was to connect the two notions. The couple’s spokesperson has since confirmed that when Barr and Arnold married a year ago, she told him she would change her name to his “if “—and when—he converted to Judaism from his current Methodist status.

The rep says Arnold is taking instruction in Jewish law from a rabbi and that his conversion will be completed by April. Officially, Roseanne will drop the Barr for Arnold at the same time. Mazel tov to both of ’em!

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