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'Dallas' Star Patrick Duffy on His New Relationship after Wife Carlyn Rosser Died

Dayna Remus
Jun 16, 2022
02:50 P.M.

Patrick Duffy found love again after grieving his spouse for many years. But what would Duffy's late wife think about his new dating life?


73-year-old Patrick Duffy from "Dallas" met 66-year-old "Happy Days" star Linda Purl on Zoom, where they fell for one another. The two first felt something between them in a group chat and then began FaceTiming. Eventually, they were on Zoom calls every night, talking for hours.

Patrick Duffy playing the role of Terry in ABC’s Season 2 of “Station 19” | Source: Getty Images

Patrick Duffy playing the role of Terry in ABC’s Season 2 of “Station 19” | Source: Getty Images

It was 2020 and the middle of the pandemic, so the pair waited almost four months before meeting each other in person. They officially began dating in July 2020. Duffy shared, "I wasn't looking for love, but it found me."



Duffy confessed he was in an utterly joyful relationship. He said he never believed he could feel this type of love again after his late wife, Carlyn Rosser, passed away.

The actor stated that he and Rosser used to do everything together. After her demise, Duffy eventually adjusted to life as a widower and was enjoying being a father and grandfather.


Then, out of nowhere, Purl walked into his life. They went through a slow "Victorian" courtship, Purl shared, due to COVID-19 restrictions. Speaking about what Rosser would think of his and Purl's romance, Duffy admitted:

“I feel quite honestly, that it is keeping with the desires of my wife, the fact that we are intended to be happy.”

Purl was caught off-guard by their romance. She said that life is always full of unexpected twists and turns and encouraged others never to give up.



Duffy and dancer Rosser were married for almost five decades and had two sons, Padraic and Conor. She passed away at 77 years old in 2017 after losing her battle with cancer.

Two years after her death, Duffy said that he still felt as if he was married and could still hear and see her. Her sudden death was hard on him and their children.

When he met Rosser, Duffy said he knew she was the one. He was a young man touring with a dance production, and she was a ballerina. He told Closer Weekly that once he met her, "...that was it — for life."


Although they have not been together for as long as Duffy and Rosser were, Kathleen Quinlan and Bruce Abbott's union is another example of a healthy and enduring marriage in Hollywood.

They have been married for around three decades. Throughout their relationship, Quinlan has maintained a successful career as an actress.

Abbott, also an actor, met his future wife in Dallas, Texas, where he was doing some acting work. Quinlan had doubts about dating another actor but eventually changed her mind, and they are still together to this very day.

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