Susan Dey

Actor, Model
Susan Dey has been a regular sight on the small screen since her debut, at age 18, on "The Partridge Family". As Laurie, the pretty, sensible, eldest daughter and keyboardist of the traveling musical clan, she exuded an ... Read more »
Born: 12/09/1952 in Pekin, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (54)

Third Watch 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Family Law 1986 - 1993, 1999 - 2000, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1986 - 1993, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Love & War 1991 - 1993, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

True Crime: Crimes of Passion 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Host

Behind the Fame: L.A. Law/Hill Street Blues 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

L.A. Law: The Movie 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Television Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Jennifer's in Jail 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The "L.A. Law" 100th Episode Special 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1990 MTV Video Music Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

That's Adequate 1989 (Movie)

Southern Belle (Actor)

A Place at the Table 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 39th Annual Emmy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 40th Annual Emmy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Echo Park 1986 (Movie)

May Greer (Actor)

The Trouble With Dick 1985 (Movie)

Diane (Actor)

Emerald Point, N.A.S. 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

TV's Censored Bloopers 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Gift of Life 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Looker 1981 (Movie)

Cindy (Actor)

First Love 1977 (Movie)

Caroline (Actor)

Loves Me, Loves Me Not 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Goober and the Ghost Chasers 1973 - 1975 (TV Show)

Voice

Partridge Family: 2200 A.D. 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Voice

The Partridge Family (ABC) 1970 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Ghost Story 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

A Knight in Shining Armour 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Skyjacked 1971 (Movie)

Elly Brewster (Actor)

Angel in Green (TV Show)

Actor

Bed of Lies (TV Show)

Actor

Beyond Betrayal (TV Show)

Actor

Blue River (TV Show)

Actor

Bridge of Time (TV Show)

Actor

Cage Without a Key (TV Show)

Actor

Deadly Love (TV Show)

Actor

Disappearance (TV Show)

Actor

I Love You Perfect (TV Show)

Actor

Little Women (TV Show)

Actor

Love Leads the Way (TV Show)

Actor

Love, Lies and Lullabies (TV Show)

Actor

Malibu (TV Show)

Actor

Rain (TV Show)

Actor

Sunset Limousine (TV Show)

Actor

Terror on the Beach (TV Show)

Actor

The Comeback Kid (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Susan Dey has been a regular sight on the small screen since her debut, at age 18, on "The Partridge Family". As Laurie, the pretty, sensible, eldest daughter and keyboardist of the traveling musical clan, she exuded an earnest, slightly gawky charm, even when her braces were wreaking havoc with the group's electrical equipment in a memorable episode.

After the show went off the air, Dey tried her luck on the big screen playing opposite William Katt in the bland teen romance "First Love" (1977), played the tomboyish Jo March in a TV adaptation of "Little Women" (NBC, 1978) and kept reasonably busy in a series of modest TV-movies, failed sitcom pilots and several other features. The best of the latter was the "Echo Park" (1985), with Dey as a single mother with show business aspirations who rents a room to a writer (Tom Hulce). Released several years before the boom in independent films, it went practically unnoticed by mainstream Hollywood, despite earning good reviews. A dutiful daughter role on the naval drama series "Emerald Point N.A.S." (CBS, 1983-84) failed to turn Dey's career around, but the role of Grace Van Owen, one of many high-powered attorneys peopling NBC's "L.A. Law", thrust her back into the spotlight. The long, straight hair of Laurie Partridge had been cut to a stylish bob, her alto voice a trifle deeper than before, Dey proved one of the series' main attractions over a six year run (1986-92). She ventured back to sitcoms as co-star of CBS' "Love and War" in 1992, but her return to comedy was short-lived. Citing "creative differences" with the series' producers, Dey opted out after one season. She continued working in TV-movies of varying quality, some of which were executive produced by her husband, Bernard Sofronski. (Dey had co-producer credit on others.) Among the more notable were "Bed of Lies" (ABC, 1992), wherein she was a woman who killed her politician husband, "Lies and Lullabies" (ABC, 1993), as a drug addict, "Blue River" (Fox, 1995), as an emotionally-repressed mother, and "Bridge of Time" (Fox, 1997), as a UN worker, one of the passengers of a plane which crashes into a Shangri-la-like preserve.

Relationships

Gail Smith

Mother

Leonard Hirshan

Husband
married in 1976 divorced in 1981

Sarah Hirshan

Daughter
born in 1978 father, Lenny Hirshan

Robert Smith

Father

Bernard Sofronski

Husband
married in 1988

Milestones

2004

Guest-starred in two episodes of NBC's "Third Watch," as a fire department psychiatrist

1997

Starred in Fox TV-movie, "Bridge of Time"

1994

Portrayed an abused wife in the TV-movie "Beyond Betrayal" (CBS)

1993

Left "Love and War" citing "creative differences" with the producers

1992

Cast as Wallis 'Wally' Porter on the CBS sitcom, "Love and War"

1989

Starred in the ABC TV-movie, "I Love You Perfect," also received first time producing credit

1986

Portrayed lawyer Grace Van Owen on the NBC drama, "L.A. Law"

1985

Received top billing opposite Tom Hulce in the feature, "Echo Park"

1983

Played Celia Warren on the CBS drama, "Emerald Point N.A.S."

1978

Starred as Jo March in the NBC miniseries "Little Women"

1977

Played Jane Benson on the short-lived CBS sitcom, "Loves Me, Loves Me Not"

1977

First leading role in a feature, "First Love"

1974

Voiced Laurie Partridge on the CBS animated cartoon, "Partridge Family: 2200 A.D."

1973

TV-movie debut in "Terror on the Beach" (CBS)

1972

Feature film debut in a supporting role in "Skyjacked"

1969

Played Laurie Partridge on the musical sitcom, "The Partridge Family" (ABC)

Was model before breaking into acting

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