‘Step By Step’ actor Patrick Duffy is dating another throwback sitcom star

Seasoned actor Patrick Duffy is perhaps best know for his starring role on Dallas and his tenure on the sitcom Step by Step. On Dallas, Duffy played Bobby Ewing, the son of an oil tycoon, who despite his privileged upbringing, had a complicated and tragic life. Sadly, that could describe Duffy’s personal life as well.

At the height of his fame, Duffy married a ballerina named Carolyn Rosser in 1974. The two were seemingly incredibly happy and in love throughout their nearly five decades of marriage. That all came to a tragic and untimely end in 2017 when Rosser lost her battle with cancer, according to the Sun. Heartbroken at the loss of his wife of 43 years, Duffy settled into the life of a famous widower. However, nearly three years after her death, he told Closer Weekly that he “still consider[ed] himself a married man.” According to People, these days, Duffy has found joy in spending time with his sons and his four grandchildren.

All that being said, happiness finds you when you least expect it, and Duffy eventually found love again. This time with another vintage television star, Linda Purl.

Patrick Duffy didn't think he'd fall in love again

Patrick Duffy found love with Linda Purl by turning lemons into lemonade — actually, isolation into a relationship might be a better turn of phrase. Either way, Duffy and Purl, who had known each other for years, reconnected in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic when they randomly found themselves in the same group chat. Apparently, Duffy and Purl were so enamored with each other that they barely noticed when the group chat that started out with lots of old friends eventually became a conversation of just them.

By then, Duffy was already head over heels for the Happy Days actress. “I loaded up my car and drove 20 hours and ended up on her doorstep just to see if it was real,” Duffy told People in November 2020. “We haven’t been apart since.”

Purl’s Instagram feed is covered in pictures of herself and Duffy cooking and hiking their way through quarantine. Duffy feels like the relationship was meant to be, and believes that his late wife would definitely approve. “I feel quite honestly, that it is keeping with the desires of my wife, the fact that we are intended to be happy,” he told People. “So when it’s offered, think about it, do whatever you do, but don’t let it pass you up if it’s the right thing.” Words to live by.

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