- 1 Who is Susan Dey?
- 2 Where is Susan Dey Now?
- 3 Susan Dey Wiki: Parents, Early Life, and Education
- 4 Career Beginnings
- 5 Rise to Prominence
- 6 Continual Success
- 7 The ‘90s and Retirement
- 8 Susan Dey Net Worth Today
- 9 Do You Know About Susan Dey’s Personal Life, Affairs, Marriage, Children?
- 10 Relationship with Co-Star David Cassidy
Who is Susan Dey?
Born as Susan Hallock Dey on the 10th December 1952 in Pekin, Illinois, USA, she is an actress, probably best known to the world from starring in the role of Laurie Partridge in the TV series “The Partridge Family”, and as Grace van Owen in another TV series – “L.A. Law” – for which she won a Golden Globe Award.
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"Hello, all!" The young brunette smiled brightly. "I'm Susan Dey, but you might know me better as Laurie Partridge from the musical sitcom "The Partridge Family". I was born December 10, 1952, as Susan Hallock Dey in Pekin, Illinois to my late mother Ruth, and my father, Robert Smith Dey, a popular newspaper editor. I attended attended Elementary School in New York, later moving to Bedford, New York, where I soon graduated High School. I was a model before being cast as Laurie Partridge, with no acting experience whatsoever. I had modeled for small local magazines, but that was about it. I had a couple of small movie and television roles in between, but nothing major. I adore starring in The Partridge Family, its such a refreshing new experience as someone who's never done anything of the sort! I had to learn the basics of some instruments, which was really the only training I had." She takes a breath, deciding to stop her rambling. "Well, enough about me! I'd love to make friends, talk to me if you'd like! I won't bite too hard." She giggles.
Where is Susan Dey Now?
Having retired from the entertainment industry in the mid- 2000s, Susan has since maintained a low profile, and now serves as a board member of the Rape Treatment Center at UCLA Medical Center. She is married to Bernard Sofronski, who is her second husband. In all interviews conducted with Susan, she has stated she isn’t coming back to the screen.
Susan Dey Wiki: Parents, Early Life, and Education
Susan Dey is the daughter of nurse Ruth Pyle, and Robert Smith-Dey, who was the editor of New Rochelle, New York State newspaper “Standard-Star”. When she was only eight years old her mother died, so she was raised by her father. She went to Columbus Elementary School in Thornwood, New York, then moved to Bedford, New York with her father, and attended Fox Lane High School, where she was an active member of the school’s drama club, participating in several school plays, which generated an interest in acting.
Before her acting career began, Susan became a model, somewhat surreptitiously encouraged by her grandmother who had sent her picture to a model agency, which immediately signed her to a professional contract. However, in 1970 she auditioned for the part of Laurie Partridge in the TV series “The Partridge Family” (1970-1974), and was cast in the role, which marked the beginning of her acting career.
Rise to ProminenceDuring her time in “The Partridge Family”, Susan became an extremely popular TV personality, and used the momentum to concurrently secure other successful roles. She made her debut appearance on the big screen in the John Guillermin`s film “Skyjacked” (1972), and then appeared in the film “Terror on the Beach” (1973), with Dennis Weaver and Estelle Parsons in lead roles. After the Partridge show ended, Susan emerged on the Hollywood scene as a young and talented actress; thanks partly to her popularity in the show, she then voiced Laurie in the animated series “Goober and the Ghost Chasers”.
Susan continued her career with support appearances in such TV series as “Good Heavens” in 1976, “The Quest” in the same year, then in “Barnaby Jones” in 1977, and the same year played the recurring role of Jane in the TV series “Loves Me, Loves Me Not”. She didn’t have much success in the late ‘70s, but managed to revitalize her career at the start of the ‘80s with the role of Celia Mallory Warren in the TV drama series “Emerald Point N.A.S.” (1983-1984). It was in 1986 that she reached prominence once again with the part of D.D.A. Grace Van Owen in the TV crime-drama series “L.A. Law” (1986-1992), the role that won her a Golden Globe Award in the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama, and three Primetime Emmy Award nominations. She reprised the role of Grace Van Owen in the television film “L.A. Law: The Movie”, released in 2002.
The ‘90s and Retirement
She enjoyed considerable success before deciding to retire, after becoming tired of getting into new characters and reading dialogues from the early morning. She had a number of prominent roles in the ‘90s, such as that of Vickie Daniel in the drama film “Bed of Lies” in 1992, then as Wallis ‘Wally’ Porter in the TV series “Love & War”, and the lead role in the action war film “Rain” in 2003, which was one her last roles. Her final appearance on screen was as Dr. Breene in the TV series “Third Watch” in 2004.
Susan Dey Net Worth Today
Though retired from the entertainment industry for around 15 years, Susan has managed to hold on to her earnings from a successful acting career. So, have you ever wondered how rich Susan Dey is, as of mid- 2018? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Susan Dey’s net worth is as high as $10 million. Pretty impressive don’t you think?
Do You Know About Susan Dey’s Personal Life, Affairs, Marriage, Children?
Susan, though out of the spotlight, is rather open about her personal life; she has been married to television producer Bernard Sofronski since 1988. Previously, she was married to Leonard ‘Lenny’ Hirshan from 1976 to 1981, with whom she welcomed her only child, a daughter Sara Dey- Hirshan, who is also an actress.
Relationship with Co-Star David Cassidy
During her stint in “The Partridge Family”, Susan fell in love with her co-star David Cassidy; she was 18 at the time and the two became a couple. Unfortunately, their relationship didn’t last long, since Cassidy broke up, stating that he failed to feel the same about Susan the way she felt for him.