Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthDecember 10, 1952
SpouseBernard Sofronski, Lenny Hirshan
FactCame to acting by way of a teen modeling career.


Where is Susan Dey today? Wiki Bio

Susan Hallock Dey was born in Pekin, Illinois USA, on 10 December 1952, so her zodiac sign is Sagittarius and she holds American nationality. She is an actress and a film producer, who gained recognition after portraying the lead character Laurie Partridge in all 96 episodes of the comedy family musical series “The Partridge Family”, which aired from 1970 to 1974. The series also starred Shirley Jones and David Cassidy, and followed the Partridge family who are all both humorous and pop singers.

Susan has retired from acting, and is currently living a peaceful life with her husband in California.

Susan Dey.

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Early life and education

Susan was raised alongside her three siblings in New York, by their father Robert Smith who worked as an editor of several Long Island newspapers, and their mother Ruth Dey who was a nurse, but who died in 1961. So Susan grew up being very close to her sister Leslie, and the two became interested in modelling at a very early age. After Ruth died, Robert married Gail who enjoyed reading magazines about modelling, and after Susan and Leslie noticed one of the articles about fashion modelling, in 1968 they sent their pictures to one of the best modelling agencies, and were instantly hired.

Susan studied at Columbus Elementary School, but became interested in acting while attending Fox Lane High School, where she was a member of the school’s drama club, and appeared in most of the school plays, including “Summer and Smoke” and “Arsenic and Old Lace”. Upon matriculation she didn’t enroll at college, but rather focused on her career as a model and an actress.

Roles in TV series

Susan was cast to play Laurie in “The Partridge Family” in 1970, without any former acting experience except for school plays, and for her performance, she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for the Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film.

Susan Dey

In 1973, she appeared in the episode “Doorway to Death” of the horror anthology series “Circle of Fear”, followed by her first voice-over roles for Laurie Partridge in eight episodes of “Goober and the Ghost Chasers”, and two episodes of “Partridge Family 2200 A.D.”. The year 1975 saw Susan guest star as Angel in the eponymous episode of the police procedural series “The Rookies”, play Susan Bradshaw in an episode of another police procedural series – “Hawaii Five-0” – and appear as Janice in two episodes of the action crime drama series “S.W.A.T.”

In 1976, Susan appeared in single episodes of “The Quest” and “The Streets of San Francisco”, and then portrayed Jane Benson in six episodes of the sitcom “Loves Me, Loves Me Not”. Her next important role was of Celia Mallory, appearing in 22 episodes of the drama series “Emerald Point N.A.S.” in 1983, and she was then invited to portray the lead character Grace Van Owen in the critically acclaimed legal drama series “L.A. Law”, being nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for an Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, and a Viewers for Quality Television Award for the Best Actress in a Quality Drama Series, while she won a Golden Globe Award as Best Actress – Television Series Drama.

The role made Susan famous worldwide, and a woman once approached her in the streets stating how Susan was the reason why she enrolled at a law school, and the writer Gwyn Cready mentioned Susan in her novel “Tumbling Through Time”, stating how she is a heroine and wishing she could be Susan just for a day.

Susan was shooting for “L.A. Law” from 1986 to 1992 and 110 episodes, and then appeared as Wallis ‘Wally’ Porter in 23 episodes of the sitcom “Love & War” in 1993. Two of her later roles in TV series were in the legal drama “Family Law” in 1999, and the crime drama “Third Watch” in 2004.

Roles in movies

Susan made her debut film appearance in 1972, portraying a Girl in the Crowd in the political comedy drama “The Candidate”, and then appeared in the disaster film “Skyjacked”, the horror “Terror on the Beach”, and the drama “Cage Without a Key”. She portrayed Rowena Harper in the critically acclaimed movie “Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night”, and Caroline in the romantic drama film “First Love” in 1977, before she was invited to star as Sandy in the musical “Grease”, which is considered as one of the best musicals of all time, however, Susan turned the offer down, and it went to Olivia Newton-John, making her famous.

She acted as Cindy Fairmont in the science fiction horror movie “Locker” in 1981, and starred as Linda Harvey in the drama film “Malibu” in 1983. Some of the roles which followed were in “Echo Park” in 1986, “The Trouble with Dick” in 1987, and “Bed of Lies” in 1992. The year 1993 saw her play the lead role as Christina Kinsey in the award-winning film “Lies and Lullabies”, and she then starred in “Beyond Betrayal” in 1994, and “Deadly Love” in 1995. Susan was Mrs. Sellers in the action movie “Blue River”, and Madeleine Armstrong in the drama “Bridge of Time” in 1997, before appearing as Margo in “Avenged” in 1998.

Some of her latest roles in movies were in “L.A. Law: The Movie” in 2002, “Disappearance” in 2002 as well, and “Rain” in 2003.

Love life and boyfriend

While shooting for “The Partridge Family” Susan fell in love with David Cassidy, and they started dating in 1974 when the series were completed, however, the relationship lasted for only a month because David was not in love with Susan. Shortly after the break-up, Susan began dating Leonard ‘Lenny’ Hirshan, who was an actor – the two married in November 1976 and Susan gave birth to their daughter Sarah in 1978, but five years later Susan and Leonard divorced on 19 January 1983. He died from cancer on 31 January 2014.

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In 1985, she met Bernard Sofronski who is a retired actor, theatre plays director, and a DJ – they married on 20 February 1988. Bernard is 12 years Susan’s senior, and has two children from his former marriage, both of whom are in good relations with Susan.

Susan and Bernard are currently living together at their home in Los Angeles, California.

Hobbies and other interests

Susan has always been interested in looking good, and was exercising on a daily basis during her 20s and 30s. She was following a strict diet, and always limited how much food she ate, however, things got out of control while she was shooting for “The Partridge Family” as she developed the eating disorder Anorexia and was in a very poor shape – a child once pointed his finger at her and told her she looked disgusting.

Thankfully, Susan got out of it, and started caring less about her weight and the amount of food she eats.

She is a philanthropist who was one of the board members of the Rape Treatment Center at the University of California, Los Angeles’ Medical Center, while she also accepted to serve as one of the narrators in the documentary movie “L. A. Law” in 1986, which dealt with campus rape.

Appearance and net worth

Susan is 67 years old. She has long brown hair and blue eyes, is 5ft 7ins (1.7m) tall, and weighs around 134lbs (61kgs). As of April 2020, her net worth is estimated at over $10 million.

General Info

Full NameSusan Dey
Date Of BirthDecember 10, 1952
Height1.7 m
ProfessionActor, Model
EducationFox Lane High School
NationalityAmerican

Family

SpouseBernard Sofronski, Lenny Hirshan
ChildrenSara Dey-Hirshan
ParentsRobert Smith, Gail Dey
SiblingsLeslie Smith

Accomplishments

AwardsGolden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Drama, TV Land Favorite Teen Dream for Female Award
Music GroupsThe Partridge Family
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television, People's Choice Award for Favorite Actress in a New TV Series, TV Land Most Beautiful Braces Award, TV Land Quintessenti...
MoviesLooker, First Love, Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night, Echo Park, Bed of Lies, Terror on the Beach, Disappearance, Cage Without a Key, The Comeback Kid, Lies and Lullabies, Skyjacked, Deadly Love, The Trouble with Dick, I Love You Perfect, Little Women, Sunset Limousine, Blue River, The Captive: The...
TV ShowsL.A. Law, Emerald Point N.A.S., Loves Me, Loves Me Not, Partridge Family 2200 A.D., The Partridge Family, Goober and the Ghost Chasers, Love & War

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Facts

#Fact
1Olivia Newton John got the part that had originally been meant for Susan Dey who was Laurie Partridge in The Partridge Family, but turned it down on her manager's advice.
2According to Shirley Jones' autobiography, Susan is the only star of "The Partridge Family" who has consistently refused to take part in any cast reunions.
3Ranked #61 on Vh1's 100 Greatest Teen Stars.
4Born at 4:17 AM (CST).
5Graduated from and was a drama club member of Fox Lane High School in Bedford, New York. She had parts in the school plays "Arsenic and Old Lace" and "Summer and Smoke".
6Born to Robert Smith Dey (a newspaper editor) and Ruth Dey(a nurse), Susan attended school mostly in New York State, where her father was an editor for a group of newspapers on Long Island.
7Has served as a board member of the Rape Treatment Center at UCLA Medical Center and co-narrated a documentary on campus rape with her L.A. Law (1986) co-star Corbin Bernsen.
8In Gwyn Cready's comedic romance novel "Tumbling Through Time", the heroine talks about Susan and considers Laurie Partridge a personal hero, wishing she could have lived a life in "Laurie Partridge style".
9One of four children, Susan's sister Leslie became a model too just like her sister and the sisters at one time worked for the same agency. The girls became interested in modeling through their stepmother, Gail, who, after reading an article on fashion modeling in Seventeen Magazine, submitted their pictures to a top modeling agency in New York. The agency immediately signed them in 1968.
10Turned down the role of Sandy in Grease (1978).
11Came to acting by way of a teen modeling career.
12Mother, with Leonard Hirshan, of daughter Sara Dey-Hirshan, born in November 1978.

Pictures

Movies

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Love, Lies & Lullabies1993TV MovieChristina Kinsey
L.A. Law1986-1992TV SeriesD.D.A. Grace Van Owen Grace Van Owen Judge Grace Van Owen
Bed of Lies1992TV MovieVickie Daniel
I Love You Perfect1989TV MovieChristina Taylor
That's Adequate1989Southern Belle
A Place at the Table1988TV MovieBeth Williams
Angel in Green1987TV MovieSister Ann McKeon
The Trouble with Dick1986Diane
Echo Park1985May
Love Leads the Way: A True Story1984TV MovieBeth
Emerald Point N.A.S.1983-1984TV SeriesCelia Mallory Warren
Sunset Limousine1983TV MovieJulie Preston
Malibu1983TV MovieLinda Harvey
The Gift of Life1982TV MovieJoleen Sutton
Looker1981Cindy Fairmont
The Comeback Kid1980TV MovieMegan Barrett
Little Women1978TV Mini-SeriesJosephine 'Jo' March
Fred Flintstone and Friends1977TV Series voice
First Love1977Caroline Hedges
Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night1977TV MovieRowena Harper
Loves Me, Loves Me Not1977TV SeriesJane
Barnaby Jones1977TV SeriesLinda Jason
The Captive: The Longest Drive 21976Charlotte Ross
The Streets of San Francisco1976TV SeriesBarbara Ross
The Quest1976TV SeriesCharlotte Ross
Good Heavens1976TV Series
Petrocelli1976TV SeriesJenny Halliday
Matt Helm1976TV SeriesEllen Tanner
Hawaii Five-O1975TV SeriesSusan Bradshaw
S.W.A.T.1975TV SeriesJanice
Cage Without a Key1975TV MovieValerie Smith
The Rookies1975TV SeriesAngel
Born Free1974TV SeriesTerri Hill
Partridge Family 2200 AD1974TV SeriesLaurie Partridge (1974-1975) (voice)
The Partridge Family1970-1974TV SeriesLaurie Partridge
Goober and the Ghost Chasers1973TV SeriesLaurie Partridge
Terror on the Beach1973TV MovieDeeDee Glynn
Circle of Fear1973TV SeriesPeggy
Skyjacked1972Elly Brewster
Third Watch2004TV SeriesDr. Breene
Rain2003Diane Davis
L.A. Law: The Movie2002TV MovieD.A. Grace Van Owen
Disappearance2002TV MoviePatty Henley
Family Law1999TV SeriesKaren Hershey
Avenged1998Margo
Bridge of Time1997TV MovieMadeleine Armstrong
Blue River1995TV MovieMrs. Sellers
Deadly Love1995TV MovieRebecca Barnes
Beyond Betrayal1994TV MovieJoanna / Emma Doyle
Whose Child Is This? The War for Baby Jessica1993TV MovieRoberta 'Robby' DeBoer
Love & War1992-1993TV SeriesWallis 'Wally' Porter

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Love, Lies & Lullabies1993TV Movie co-producer
I Love You Perfect1989TV Movie co-producer

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The LA Law Story2014Video documentary
NBC 75th Anniversary Special2002TV SpecialHerself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1996-2002TV SeriesHerself
Entertainment Tonight Presents: TV's Greatest Scandals2000TV Movie documentaryHerself
Entertainment Tonight Presents: L.A. Law - Secrets of the Firm2000TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 48th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1996TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
The 45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1993TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
Good Morning America1993TV SeriesHerself
The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1992TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter: Outstanding Supporting Actress in Drama Series
Saturday Night Live1992TV SeriesHerself - Host / Laurie Partridge
The 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards1992TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a TV-Series - Drama
The 18th Annual People's Choice Awards1992TV SpecialHerself - Accepting Award for Favourite Television Drama Series
The Arsenio Hall Show1989-1991TV SeriesHerself
The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1991TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special
L.A. Law 100th Episode Celebration1991TV MovieHerself / Grace Van Owen
The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards1991TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a TV-Series - Drama
The 42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1990TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
MTV Video Music Awards 19901990TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Special Gala: A Tribute to David Wolper1990TV MovieHerself
The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards1990TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a TV-Series - Drama
Comicitis1989ShortHerself
The 41st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1989TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
CBS This Morning1989TV SeriesHerself
The 46th Annual Golden Globe Awards1989TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a TV-Series Drama
The 40th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1988TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series / Presenter: Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series / Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program / ...
The 45th Annual Golden Globe Awards1988TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Actress in a TV-Series - Drama
The Annual Entertainment Industry Honors Presentes a Salute to Bud Grant1987TV MovieHerself
The 39th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1987TV SpecialHerself - Nominee / Presenter
The 13th Annual People's Choice Awards1987TV SpecialHerself - Accepting Award for Favourite New Television Drama Program
The National Leukemia Broadcast Council Honors Shirley Jones1979TV MovieHerself
The Merv Griffin Show1977TV SeriesHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1977TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Actress
A Thanksgiving Reunion with the Partridge Family and My Three Sons1977TV MovieHerself
The 20th Annual Genii Awards1974TV SpecialHerself
The Hollywood Squares1971-1973TV SeriesHerself
The Virginia Graham Show1971TV SeriesHerself
The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour1971TV SeriesHerself
New American Bandstand 19651971TV SeriesHerself - Judge in Miss 16 Contest
This Is Your Life1971TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Inside Edition2015TV Series documentaryHerself
Saucy 70's Volume 22010Video documentary
100 Greatest Teen Stars2007TV Mini-SeriesHerself
Mr. Skin's Top 100 Celebrity Nude Scenes2007Video documentaryCaroline
101 Most Unforgettable SNL Moments2004TV MovieHerself
Biography2003-2004TV Series documentaryHerself / Laurie Partridge

Awards

Won Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2004TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsFavorite Teen Dream - FemaleThe Partridge Family (1970)
1988Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - DramaL.A. Law (1986)
1976Bravo Otto GermanyBravo OttoBest Female TV Star (TV-Star w)
1975Bravo Otto GermanyBravo OttoBest Female TV Star (TV-Star w)
1974Bravo Otto GermanyBravo OttoBest Female TV Star (TV-Star w)
1973Bravo Otto GermanyBravo OttoBest Female TV Star (TV-Star w)

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2007TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsMost Beautiful BracesThe Partridge Family (1970)
2006TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsFavorite Singing SiblingsThe Partridge Family (1970)
2003TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsQuintessential Non-Traditional FamilyThe Partridge Family (1970)
1992Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - DramaL.A. Law (1986)
1991Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - DramaL.A. Law (1986)
1990Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - DramaL.A. Law (1986)
1990Q AwardViewers for Quality Television AwardsBest Actress in a Quality Drama SeriesL.A. Law (1986)
1989Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - DramaL.A. Law (1986)
1989Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesL.A. Law (1986)
1988Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesL.A. Law (1986)
1987Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesL.A. Law (1986)
1973Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Supporting Actress - TelevisionThe Partridge Family (1970)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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