EXCLUSIVE: Dallas star Patrick Duffy, 73, says he would love to see his pandemic love story with Happy Days vet Linda Purl, 67, made into a movie as TV icon returns to Bold and the Beautiful alongside real-life girlfriend
- The pair will be seen playing on-screen lovers in new episodes of The Bold and the Beautiful on November 23 and November 28
- Duffy is making his grand return to the CBS soap after 11 years, and the star couldn’t resist bringing his girlfriend along for the special occasion.
- The TV icons connected during a group text chat in 2020 amid the pandemic – before graduating to ‘two to three hour’ Zoom calls every night
- They officially began dating in July 2020 and made headlines when they went public with their relationship months later
Dallas star Patrick Duffy and Happy Days’ Linda Purl sweet love story has captivated fans across the globe, after the TV icons revealed that they fell in love during the pandemic.
Now the stars have revealed that they would love to see their headline-making relationship brought to life in a romance movie, and even joked that they would be willing to play themselves.
Speaking to DailyMail.com about whether their love story could inspire a film, the 73-year-old actor gushed: ‘Yes. It is that it feels that way to us, like a Hallmark movie. We are extremely grateful for this relationship.
Better than fiction: Dallas star Patrick Duffy and Happy Days’ Linda Purl are keen to see their love story become a movie
‘And to have it found this at this point in our lives, and to be able to look at the rest of your life comforted by this reality is amazing.’
Purl, 67, added that the pair’s ability to find love later in life was proof that others should never give up hope.
‘Change is constant in life, we know that. Energies change, life changes so never give up on anything if that’s your heart’s desire,’ she explained. ‘I don’t even think it necessarily means that what you’re hoping for will materialize, but something will will, if you’re going in willing and do have the ambition.’
Duffy added: ‘It’s amazing how many signals you get from the universe, if you’re listening. If you’re paying attention, if you’re watching then it’s always out there. When people close off, it means they they stop listening, likely because they’ve lost hope.
‘But as long as you listen, it’s amazing the things that you pick up. The same can be said in a relationships too. Just keep your eyes and ears open.’
Duffy continued: ‘I think that’s another reason why people close off is that they can’t bear to look at the future and they just become insulated. It’s tragic, actually.’
Special connection: Sparks began to fly between the pair during a group text chat in 2020 amid the pandemic- before graduating to ‘two to three hour’ Zoom calls every night
No brainer: The smitten couple joked that they would be willing to play themselves
It comes as the real-life couple will be seen playing on-screen lovers in new episodes of The Bold and the Beautiful on November 23 and November 28.
Duffy is making his grand return to the CBS soap after 11 years, and the star couldn’t resist bringing his girlfriend along for the special occasion.
He will be seen surprising daughters Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang), Donna (Jennifer Gareis), and Katie (Heather Tom).
Over the years, Duffy and B&B executive producer Bradley Bell had joked about Stephen’s return. When Bell suggested the idea again earlier this year, Duffy couldn’t resist asking if his partner could join the fun.
Reflecting on his return to the set, Duffy stated: ‘It was wonderful to be back, and be welcomed as if I’d never been away. But it was poignantly wonderful to come back arm and arm with a woman that in my private life I’m in love with and be able to walk through the door together.
‘It was almost like I was showing off. You know? See, look, somebody actually likes me. That was wonderful and and so it’s satisfying on so many levels.’
Daddy’s home: It comes as the real-life couple will be seen playing an on-screen lovers in new episodes of The Bold and the Beautiful on November 23 and November 28
Reunited: Duffy is making his grand return to the CBS soap after 11 years (pictured L-R, Katherine Kelly Lang, Duffy, Purl, Annika Noelle and Heather Tom)
He continued: ‘We’re workaholics and just to be asked to come to work is a privilege in our industry. For us to be able to enjoy it together is just icing on the cake.’
In the episodes, the Logan sisters finally get to meet Lucy — while Stephen is surprised to learn about the drama surrounding his children’s love lives and offers solace.
When asked if this could be the start of more regular appearances on the daytime program, Duffy teased: ‘We’re hoping so, our fingers are crossed.
‘The Bold and the Beautiful graciously asked if we would you represent them in the Christmas parade. So we’re being identified with B&B, and we hope that it continues. Absolutely.’
Sweet story: The couple said that their ability to find love later in life was proof that others should never give up hope
Duffy is best known for starring on Dallas from 1978 to 1985 and 1986 to 1991, where he played Bobby Ewing, the brother of Larry Hagman’s J. R. Ewing.
His other major TV role was in ABC’s Step By Step (1991–1998), while he starred in The Bold And The Beautiful from 2006 to 2011.
More recently, he reprised his character in a continuation of Dallas focusing on a younger generation, which ran from 2012–2014.
Purl’s best known role was as Ashley Pfister in season 10 of Happy Days in the early 1980s.
She also portrayed the daughter of Andy Griffith’s title character in the first season of Matlock, and occasionally featured as Pam Beesley’s mother on The Office.
Purl has been married four times, first to Desi Arnaz Jr. from 1980–1981. She married the screenwriter William Broyles Jr. in 1988, but their divorce was finalized in 1992.
Magical connection: The smitten pair officially began dating in July 2020
Purl was married to another screenwriter, Alexander Cary, from 1993 to 1999, and her most recent marriage was to James Vinson Adams from 2006 to 2011.
Duffy previously admitted that his romance with Linda came as a complete surprise.
The actor explained that after his late wife Carlyn Rosser’s death from a heart attack in 2017, he never imagined he’d fall in love again.
He confessed at the time: ‘I never thought for a minute this would happen again. I never thought I’d feel this way again.’