by Angela Brooks
National Enquirer
December 20, 1983

Veteran TV star Ben Murphy has hit the Jackpot — winning the heart of beautiful young actress Sharan Lea.

"I love being with Sharan -- I'm very fond of her," Ben, who stars in "LOTTERY!" told The ENQUIRER in an exclusive interview. "She's a very special girl.

"Sharan is very cute, bubbly and has this wonderful upbeat, positive personality."

And stunning Sharan confessed to The ENQUIRER: "Ben is wonderful. I adore him. He knows how to make me feel like a woman."

The ruggedly handsome, 41-year-old actor has starred in many TV series, including "The Name of the Game," "Alias Smith and Jones" and "Gemini Man." He made his film debut in "The Graduate" and appeared with Henry Fonda and Lucille in "Yours, Mine and relationship. I've made a Ours."

And he recently starred as Robert Mitchum s naval officer son in TV's epic "The Winds of War."

Ben and Sharan, 24, met in mid-October on the "LOTTERY!" set when she was guest-starring on the show, playing a receptionist that Ben's character, Patrick, falls for.

"Before we rehearsed," Sharan recalled, "Ben came over to my trailer and introduced himself. There was this instant chemistry between us--we just hit it off.

"We got to know each other that day--and that night we went out."

They've been a steady twosome ever since.

"We're both homebodies," Sharan said. "Ben likes to stay at home--and I just like being with him."

Talking candidly about the romance, Ben said he's "looking for a serious relationship, an old-fashioned relationship. I've made a commitment to myself that this is my year to settle down. I like a strong woman who's involved in her own career--but I also like a woman who's very stable.

"And most actresses are not," he added.

"That says a lot for Sharan--she's not giddy or flighty and she's very mature.

"I don't know where this relationship will take us. But for the time being, we're taking it one day at a time."

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