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Dallas’ Patrick Duffy, 71, opens up about new relationship with Happy Days star Linda Purl, 65

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It’s a match made in TV heaven and now Dallas alum Patrick Duffy is opening up about his new romance with Happy Days star Linda Purl.

Speaking to US entertainment news outlet Extra, Duffy says 2020 hasn’t been all bad considering he met his new love during coronavirus lockdown.

“That’s the gift that COVID gave me — Linda Purl is the lady in my life,” the 71-year-old told the outlet. 

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Patrick Duffy calls Linda Purl the ‘lady in his life’. (Getty)

Duffy — who played Bobby Ewing in the hit ’70s series Dallas — said he wasn’t looking for love. He lost his wife of 45 years, Carlyn Rosser, in 2017 from a heart attack, and he was content to live out his remaining years alone. 

But fate had other plans after he was re-introduced to Purl almost four decades after they first met at an industry event.

They began texting and Zooming over the course of two months until Duffy decided to get in his car and drive to see the 65-year-old actress, who is best known for playing Fonzie’s steady girlfriend, Ashley, on Happy Days.

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Actress Linda Purl attends the premiere of Crackle's The Oath at Sony Pictures Studios on March 7, 2018 in Culver City, California.
Linda Purl is known for playing Fonzie’s girlfriend in the beloved series Happy Days. (Getty)

“We did a two-to-three-hour Zoom every single night,” he recalled. “You get to know somebody really well when you do that.

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“At the end of those two and half months, we were feeling a little different than just casual friendship, so I packed up my car, I drove 20 hours, and I was on her doorstep. I asked permission if I could kiss her, and we’ve been together ever since.”

Purl has been married and divorced four times. She was married to Lucille Ball’s son Desi Arnaz Jr. in the ’80s, screenwriter and TV producer Williams Broyles Jr., producer Alexander Cary (who has ties to the British royal family), and most recently James Vinson Adams, who she split from in 2011 after five years of marriage.

The actress shares an adult son with Cary, 24-year-old Lucius.

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