The Story of Patrick Duffy's Relationships with Carlyn Rosser, His Love of 40 Years

Patrick Duffy's love story tells the tale of a man and a woman who defied the odds to be together. They challenged the conventions of age and marriage to share a love that lasted decades. 

He’s best known for his role as Bobby Ewing in the 80’s hit show "Dallas." But Patrick Duffy should be remembered most as the man who went against all odds to be with the woman he married.  

Carlyn Rosser and Patrick's relationship

Patrick’s love story spans decades beginning with the day he went on a tour bus and met Carlyn Rosser. She was a 32-year-old ballet dancer, ten years his senior, but he couldn’t care less. He was smitten and wanted her. However, there was one major complication. She was married. 

Their attraction for each other was evident and soon, they were treading on dangerous waters. Carlyn introduced Patrick to Buddhism, a religion he would eventually learn to love and practice for the rest of his life. He told The Independent that he originally converted “because I wanted to sleep with her.” But he later fell in love with the religion as much as he loved the woman who introduced it to him.

Patrick Duffy at the  Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 24, 2013 in California. | Source: Shutterstock

Patrick Duffy at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 24, 2013 in California. | Source: Shutterstock

Patrick and Carlyn's children

Carlyn would eventually leave her husband of 13 years to be with Patrick whom she married in February 1974. That same year, they welcomed their first son, Padraic. 

Though their marriage began in a sad note, having hurt another man in the process, they would later prove it was all worth it. They welcomed their second son, Connor, in 1979 and continued to love each other for the next 43 years. 

Patrick Duffy and Carlyn Rosser on June 18, 2015, in Monaco. | Source: Getty Images

Patrick Duffy and Carlyn Rosser on June 18, 2015, in Monaco. | Source: Getty Images

Carlyn's death

Carlyn died in 2017, leaving Patrick devastated. In fact, it took him five months before breaking his silence about her death. He often spoke fondly of her when she was still alive, telling Closer Weekly his eyes only saw one person for the rest of his life –“The one I kiss off-camera every night before I go to sleep.”

He also gushed about how fun his marriage was, crediting their stable relationship to their lack of things to argue about. He said:

"I don't know, but I literally don't think I've had an argumentative conversation with my wife in the past 20 years, which isn't to mean we don't have different points of view."

Unfortunately, no matter how long their relationship lasted, Patrick would never be over his love for his wife even after her death. Six months after Carlyn’s passing, he tweeted,

“On this day 6 months ago my heart stopped yet I live on as she wishes We will be together eternally Thank you for the love and concern.”

Such is the beautiful story of Patrick and Carlyn, a man and woman who defied the odds that would have torn them apart so their love could succeed. 

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