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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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stu    

leave her be! she had all tat work done cuz Ryan beat her face in like he did Farah.
this is Tatum's mom.

1137 days ago
17.

writenow    

The Jagged Edge was great!

1137 days ago
18.

Dawn    

Anyone need another eye lift????

1137 days ago
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Reta    

Might be a legal way to dump her ass. Legally the guy is filing to unhook their somestic partnership so they supposedly can get married, but he could just as easily just NOT MARRY her too. It's called GETTING DUMPED lady!

1137 days ago
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Reta    

Uh, Stu, Joanna Moore (November 10, 1934 – November 22, 1997) is Tatums mother.

1137 days ago
21.

NocturnalDirtPeople    

wheres my comment

1137 days ago
22.

Lake    

She gave birth to the only one of Ryan O'Neal's kids who is not a complete loss.

1137 days ago
23.

TMP    

Um... why didn't they just get married in the first place? Why a domestic partnership?

Either way, I don't think anyone really cares about this.

1137 days ago
24.

CJ    

Does she have any original parts left?

1137 days ago
25.

Jackie    

LOL...after the marriage, then will be a divorce. Hollywood are fake people.

1137 days ago
26.

ladidaaa    

Dunno about her character on Dallas but she played Katherine Crane on passions..

1137 days ago
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Sloane    

would be curious to hear what she would have to say about Ryan O'Neal and his famous temper when she was with him

if she ever wrote a book I think I'd buy it
back in the day without so may tabloids & paparrazzi the studios could really keep a lid on things like celeb indescretions, court cases etc. that they didn't want us to know
sure she would have lots to say

1137 days ago
28.

fastdriver    

Mmm...a little too much plastic surgery? Phew!

1137 days ago
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Sloane    

just googled her son Patrick O'Neal- he's a sportscaster in LA, has 2 kids with Rebecca De Mornay and has a very normal life

so you can tell that Ryan had very little contact or influence on him thankfully because he turned out so different from Tatum, Griffen and Redmond (all with addiction/psycholigical etc. issues in part from their contact with such an abusive father).

so bless her for raising a well rounded healthy son in a place where it doens't happen nearly often enough

and Ryan's real name is Partick,,hence the son's name

1137 days ago
30.

marcia    

I cannot believe she is still wearing that ridiculous wig still! She's gotta be a real looker without make-up and that hairpiece...maybe she should hook up with Brett Michaels!

1137 days ago
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