Full Name: Susan Hallock Dey
Birthdate: December 10, 1952
Birthplace: Pekin, Illinois, United States
Known for: An American Actress
“Laurie Partridge” (1970–1974) star Susan Hallock Dey (born December 10, 1952) is a former American actress best remembered for her portrayals of Grace Van Owen in L.A. Law (1986–1992) and Laurie Partridge in The Partridge Family (1970– 1974). She was nominated for three Emmys and six Golden Globe Awards, winning the Golden Globe for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for L.A. Law in 1988.
Early years and education
Susan Hallock Dey was brought up in Pekin, Illinois, to Ruth Pyle (original name Doremus) Dey, a midwife, and Robert Smith Dey, a freelance journalist at the New Rochelle Standard-Star. Susan was 8 years of age when Ruth died in 1961.
Susan studied at Columbus Elementary School in Thornwood, New York, before transferring to Fox Lane High School in Mt Kisco, where she finished in 1970.
Dey worked as a supermodel before acting as Laurie Partridge in the 1970s and 1974 television show The Partridge Family. She seemed to have no prior acting background, and was 17 years old when she landed the role. Dey’s first modelling job was on the front of a brochure called “Getting to Know Yourself” by Pursette tampons about the basics of the period for adolescent females. In 1977, she co-starred in the brief comedy Loves Me, Loves Me Not on weekly mainstream television.
Dey’s film debut was as a passenger in Charlton Heston’s 1972 aeroplane hijacking picture Skyjacked. Dey played a distressed new mother with massive psychological difficulties in 1977 made the film Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night, in which she played a disturbed young mother with serious emotional disorders who finally takes her frustrations out on her infant daughter. Dey also played alongside William Katt in Joan Darling’s First Love, which was released in 1977. Dey also appears in the “Testament of Power” episode of Barnaby Jones (1977).
Dey featured alongside Albert Finney in Michael Crichton’s science-fiction picture Looker, in which he wrote the screenplay in 1981. She played a desperate waitress-actress who got a job as a prostitute delivering musical communiques in the 1986 film Echo Park. She played Grace Van Owen, a La County deputy federal prosecutor who later became a jurist on L.A. Law from 1986 to 1992. In 1988, Dey was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Actress in a Leading Role – Drama Series for the role. She was recognised for the next four years as well. In 1987, 1988, and 1989, Dey was nominated for a Primetime Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
She anchored a Saturday Night Live episode in 1992. Dey appeared in the series Love & War earlier that year. Despite the fact that the show lasted until 1995, Dey was replaced with Annie Potts in 1993 because producers said she had “no chemistry” with co-star Jay Thomas. She appeared as a young drug abuser in Lies & Lullabies (later released on DVD as Sad Inheritance), which she developed and featured in 1993.
Shirley Jones’ memoir mentions Dey as the only series regular who “consistently refused” to attend Partridge Family reunions.
Dey had a deep love for co-star David Cassidy during filming for The Partridge Family. When the series was done, Dey and Cassidy began courtship, but Cassidy ended it because he did not return her emotions. Cassidy’s book, C’mon, Get Happy… Fear and Loathing on the Partridge Family Bus, published in 1994, revealed details about his affair with Dey, and he assumed this contributed to her breaking off communication with him.
From 1976 to 1981, Dey was engaged to Leonard “Lenny” Hirshan. Sara, their 1978-born daughter, is their only child. Bernard Sofronski, a television producer, has been Dey’s husband since 1988.
She’s a senior executive at UCLA Medical Center’s Rape Treatment Centre, where she and her former L.A. Law co-star Corbin Bernsen co-narrated a documentary about campus sexual assault. During the duration of The Partridge Family, she struggled with an unhealthy lifestyle and anorexia.