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Soap Star: I'm Separating from My Man ... To Marry Him

7/19/2011 4:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Here's a plot twist ... Ex-soap star Leigh Taylor-Young -- famous for her role on the 1980s show "Dallas" -- is formally separating from her domestic partner, but TMZ has learned ... it's because she wants to MARRY him!

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According to the legal docs filed in L.A. County Superior Court, "The parties intend to get married, so they must dissolve their registered domestic partnership."

Leigh's domestic partner -- a writer named John Morton -- filed the papers.  They registered as domestic partners in 2008.

Leigh -- who also starred in "Peyton Place" -- is 66.  She was formerly married to Ryan O'Neal and movie mogul Guy McElwaine.

So far, no word on when the couple plans to tie the knot.

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