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Sunday, 19 April 2009

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Cabot Cove, ME- In her shocking new tell-all biography, Jessica Fletcher, star of "Murder She Wrote", talks about her secret affair with Ben Matlock, a widowed public defender, who, throughout his entire nine-season career, won almost every case he took on.

"I fell in love with that man the moment I laid eyes on him" said Lansbury, via teleconference from her hometown of Cabot Cove. "After things ended badly with Perry Mason in 1966, I swore I would never get romantically involved with a high profile defense attorney again. But then I met Ben. What can I say, I guess I'm just a sucker for a guy who believes in the judicial system."

In her explosive memoir hitting book stores next month, she said they kept their relationship secret from the public for fear of the negative impact it would have on their professional life.

"Between the two of us, I can count on one hand how many cases we lost. We were both legal powerhouses, and since we were on competing television networks, the public may have seen it as a conflict of interest".

Although Lansbury doesn't go into detail, she does say the stress of their careers played a big factor in their eventual split in 1995.

"We were both workaholics. Being lead defender in a murder trial with only 52 minutes a week to solve a case, requires a lot of prep work and line memorization.. As we got older it became more difficult to manage both a career and a relationship. So we chose the former."

Although Lansbury has been romantically involved with Remington Steele since 2000 and has not seen Matlock for years, she has nothing but praise for her old flame.

"I would say that without a doubt, Ben is the most brilliant, charismatic prosecutor I have ever met. And boy, did that man ever know how to

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