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Page Six: 'Dallas' Star Patrick Duffy Gushes over New Love Linda Purl & Says She Is Perfect

Edduin Carvajal
Nov 19, 2020
05:20 A.M.
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Actor Patrick Duffy, best known for portraying Bobby Ewing in the soap opera “Dallas,” is in a relationship with actress Linda Purl, and he is not afraid to gush over her.

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When most people think of Patrick Duffy, they can’t help but remember his long and successful runs in “Dallas” and “Step by Step,” where he played Bobby Ewing and Frank Lambert, respectively.

Duffy is also well known for doing something that most people in the entertainment industry can’t: staying married to the same woman for decades.

Patrick Duffy on August 26, 2006 in Newport, Wales | Photo: Getty Images

Patrick Duffy on August 26, 2006 in Newport, Wales | Photo: Getty Images

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PATRICK DUFFY’S LATE WIFE

In 1974, the actor tied the knot with Carlyn Rosser, a “beautiful ballerina” ten years older than him, that he met as a college graduate on a tour bus.

Apart from giving Duffy two children, Padraic and Conor, Rosser introduced him to Buddhism, which helped him heal from his parents' 1986 murders.

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Unfortunately, in 2017, after being together for over four decades, Rosser died of cancer. After her passing, Duffy believed that he would never feel the way he felt with Rosser again.

For that reason, he focused most of his time on his career and being a dad and granddad to his sons and grandchildren. However, life had a different plan for him.

Purl and Duffy’s relationship seems to be solid and beautiful.

Patrick Duffy on May 2, 2018 in Lille, France | Photo: Getty Images

Patrick Duffy on May 2, 2018 in Lille, France | Photo: Getty Images

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DUFFY’S RELATIONSHIP WITH LINDA PURL

Due to the pandemic, he got into a group chat text with friends. One of them was actress Linda Purl, who was his casual friend years ago but lost touch over time.

Duffy and Purl kept talking, and eventually, their relationship grew stronger. One day, he drove “20 hours” to her doorstep, and they have not been apart ever since. At the moment, they have been dating for about four months.

Linda Purl on March 11, 2009 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images

Linda Purl on March 11, 2009 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images

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Earlier this month, the actor told Page Six that since both are grown-ups, they began their romance knowing what’s expected, what to give, and how to respect each other’s history and individualism. Duffy added:

“For me, it’s not a do-over; it’s a do-again because the first one was perfect, and this one is also perfect. […] It’s worked out. I can’t tell you how happy I am.”

Linda Purl on March 7, 2018 in Culver City, California | Photo: Getty Images

Linda Purl on March 7, 2018 in Culver City, California | Photo: Getty Images

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Speaking of Purl, who is almost six years younger than Duffy, she is best known for working in “Happy Days” in the 70s, “Matlock” in the 80s, and “The Office” in the 2000s. In recent years, she has worked in “The Oath,” “Broken Halos,” and “Claire-ity.”

Although it might be too soon to tell, Purl and Duffy’s relationship seems to be solid and beautiful. Only time will tell where life will take them.

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