Together with her many notable roles over time, likelihood is, a couple of generations of TV lovers would immediately acknowledge Linda Purl—however for which character, seemingly depends upon whenever you grew up. That mentioned, followers of Glad Days will know her finest as Ashley, Fonzie’s girlfriend in the course of the tenth season of the present. (This got here after she performed Gloria, who dated Richie, in Season 2.) Purl can also be recognized for being lawyer Ben Matlock’s daughter, Charlene, on Matlock, and Helene, Pam’s mother and Michael’s girlfriend, on The Workplace.
Nowadays, Purl remains to be performing, and she or he’s additionally taken on a brand new enterprise along with her boyfriend, who occurs to be a TV star himself. Learn on to seek out out extra about Purl’s life in the present day at 67.
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Purl has been working constantly as an actor because the Seventies, in TV exhibits, motion pictures, and on stage. Most just lately, she’s had roles within the TV sequence Designated Survivor, Hacks, and Normal Hospital, and the films Damaged Halos and Paul’s Promise. Earlier this yr, she carried out within the play Catch Me If You Can throughout a UK tour. The play co-starred her accomplice, actor Patrick Duffy. The 2 have additionally carried out the present Love Letters collectively.
Along with performing, Purl is a jazz singer. She launched her newest album, Taking a Probability on Love, in 2020.
“Each of my mother and father are in charge,” Purl instructed Broadway World of her love of music in 2021. “Their turntable was all the time going with both Broadway or jazz. There was a number of [Antônio Carlos] Jobim. There was a number of Rosemary Clooney. There have been a number of Broadway chestnuts. I grew up in Japan. My mother and father absolutely embraced residing in Asia. They lived there for 30 years. However the music was an actual connection to their American selves. And so my sister and I had been the recipients of this.”
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Purl has been married 4 instances, together with to Desi Arnaz Jr., the son of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. She has one baby along with her third husband, producer and screenwriter Alexander Cary.
At present, Purl is in a relationship with Patrick Duffy, who’s most well-known for starring as Bobby Ewing on Dallas. The 2 have been collectively since 2020. Throughout a 2021 joint interview with Studio 10, the couple defined that they virtually labored collectively within the late ’70s on the sequence Younger Pioneers, however that was when Duffy was provided Dallas. “We missed our alternative for 40 years, however then we made up for it,” Duffy mentioned.
They shared that they related an occasion previous to the COVID-19 pandemic, however as soon as lockdown started, they bought to know one another higher through video chat. Ultimately, Duffy blurted out “love you” to Purl whereas signing off. Now, after all, they’re collectively with out laptop screens between them.
Purl and Duffy have carried out collectively on stage, however they’re additionally collaborating on a brand new enterprise that could not be farther from something in present enterprise. The couple began Duffy’s Dough, an organization promoting sourdough starter kits that embody dehydrated sourdough starter produced from one which the actor’s mom obtained 70 years in the past. Purl inspired Duffy to share the starter with others. In an interview with Individuals, Purl mentioned that beginning the enterprise has been “eye-opening, so joyful and so fascinating.”