It looks like they're going to do it. Cable mogul Ted Turner bought an engagement ring -- an opal flanked by two diamonds -- for his steady, Jane Fonda, earlier this week at Tiffany's in Los Angeles. The actress's publicist said no wedding date had been set but that Fonda "won't do it until her son, Troy, graduates {from high school} in the summer." Turner is expected to spring the ring on Fonda's birthday, Dec. 21. "They're very excited," said the flack.

Out and About Election Aftermath: Michigan's governor-elect, John Engler, the state's Republican Senate majority leader, announced to his colleagues yesterday that he planned to get married. Engler, 42, who defeated incumbent Gov. James Blanchard, said he was marrying Houston lawyer Michelle De Munbrun. The private wedding, the second for both, will take place Dec. 8 in San Antonio. It may be he was keeping it quiet until after the election because De Munbrun, 33, a Democrat, admitted voting for fellow Democrat Ann Richards, who won the Texas governor's race. Defensively, De Munbrun said, "You know what they say about Texas Democrats. They're really Republicans" ... Even though he lost his bid for Congress, actor Ralph Waite doesn't have to be embarrassed about his showing. Better known as John Walton, the father on television's long-running series "The Waltons," Waite tallied 45 percent of the vote before being defeated by incumbent Republican Rep. Al McCandless in a heavily Republican district. A former social worker and minister before becoming an actor, Waite has said, "Being an actor, playing on 'The Waltons,' doesn't necessarily make a good leader or qualify you for Congress, but it might say something about the kind of values you have" ...

It's now official. John F. Kennedy Jr. announced Wednesday that he has passed the New York State bar examination after failing it twice. In an interview outside the Manhattan district attorney's office, Kennedy said he was "relieved, very relieved." And he gets an immediate $3,000 pay increase to $33,000 a year and another $1,000 when he is admitted to the bar later this year ...

The fans of romance novelist Barbara Cartland can fly the pink flag in celebration: The worldwide best-selling author has written her 500th book. That's a lot of words for anybody. The 89-year-old author told the Times of London at a celebration of the publication of "The Spirit of Love," "So many of my contemporaries are either dead or gaga" ...

Royal Watch: Even Prince Charles knows that if you want to make a video debut it's wise to do it with a pro. So who better than the wild comic John Cleese? Charles and Cleese perform in a video about business and the environment. In it Cleese plays slimy industrialist James Grime, who says, "Of course I've heard of the greenhouse effect, but you are not telling me that every time I spray my armpits a tomato ripens in Minnesota." In the tape, Grime is frantically cleaning his plant in anticipation of a royal visit. He at first fails to recognize the prince and says, "So, from the palace, are you? Only I expect you'll be wanting to inspect the drains as well, won't you?" When, to his horror, he recognizes the prince, Charles does his pitch: "If everybody's going to wait for a royal visit before they clean up their act, we'll never get anywhere." There's more to the message in the 30-minute video that costs a steep $675 and is aimed at British corporations ...

That was Stephen Stills at the New Vegas Lounge blues club on P Street Wednesday night. The singer-guitarist, best known for his work with the hit group Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, went onstage for "open jam night," playing five blues standards, including "Back to Chicago" ...

At ceremonies yesterday for the National Endowment for the Humanities Charles Frankel Prize, Vice President Dan Quayle made reference to NEH Chairman Lynne Cheney, who was there, and her husband, Dick Cheney, the secretary of defense. Said Quayle: "Dick and I have something in common. That is that we both overmarried" ...