Susan Dey

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Susan Dey
The Partridge Family Susan Dey 1970.jpg
Publicity photo for The Partridge Family, 1970
BornSusan Hallock Dey
(1952-12-10) December 10, 1952 (age 61)
Pekin, Illinois, United States
NationalityAmerican
OccupationModel
Actress
Years active1970–2004
Known forPartridge Family
LA Law
LA Law: The Movie
Spouse(s)Lenny Hirshan (1976–1981)
Bernard Sofronski (1988– )
ChildrenSarah Hirshan (b. 1978)
 
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Susan Dey
The Partridge Family Susan Dey 1970.jpg
Publicity photo for The Partridge Family, 1970
BornSusan Hallock Dey
(1952-12-10) December 10, 1952 (age 61)
Pekin, Illinois, United States
NationalityAmerican
OccupationModel
Actress
Years active1970–2004
Known forPartridge Family
LA Law
LA Law: The Movie
Spouse(s)Lenny Hirshan (1976–1981)
Bernard Sofronski (1988– )
ChildrenSarah Hirshan (b. 1978)

Susan Dey (born December 10, 1952) is an American actress, known primarily for her roles in film and television. Her more prominent parts came as elder daughter, Laurie Partridge, on the 1970s sitcom The Partridge Family, and as Grace Van Owen, a California assistant district attorney and judge on the dramatic series, L.A. Law, a role she played from 1986 to 1992.

Early life and education[edit]

Dey was born Susan Hallock Dey in Pekin, Illinois, the daughter of Ruth (née Doremus),[1] a nurse who died of pneumonia when Dey was eight years old, and Robert Smith Dey, a newspaper editor for the New Rochelle (New York) Standard- Star.[2] She attended Columbus Elementary School in Thornwood, New York, later moving to Bedford, New York where she graduated from Fox Lane High School in Bedford, New York.

Career[edit]

Dey was a model before starring as Laurie Partridge in the television series The Partridge Family from 1970–1974. She was 17 years old when she won the part and had no previous acting experience. She returned to weekly network television in 1977 as the co-star of the short-lived situation comedy Loves Me, Loves Me Not.

Her first film role was as a passenger in the 1972 airline hijack movie Skyjacked starring Charlton Heston. In a 1977 made-for-television movie, Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night, Dey portrayed a disturbed young mother with serious psychological problems, who begins to take them out on her toddler daughter. Also in 1977, Dey starred opposite William Katt in a romance film, First Love, directed by Joan Darling. The movie is based upon the story, Sentimental Education, by Harold Brodkey.

Dey co-starred with Albert Finney in a 1981 science-fiction film, Looker, written and directed by Michael Crichton. She had a leading role in 1986's Echo Park as a struggling waitress/actress who takes a job as a stripper who delivers singing telegrams.

Dey starred on the television series L.A. Law as Grace Van Owen and earned a Golden Globe Award as "Actress in a Leading Role – Drama Series" for the role in 1987. Dey was nominated four more times the following four years. She was also nominated for the Emmy Award for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series" for this role in 1987, 1988, and 1989.

She hosted a 1992 episode of Saturday Night Live. Later that year, she co-starred in the Diane English/CBS sitcom, Love & War, with Jay Thomas. Although the show ran until 1995, Dey was replaced in 1993 by Annie Potts. In 1993, she produced and starred in the ABC Movie of the Week Lies & Lullabies (later released on DVD as Sad Inheritance), where she played a pregnant cocaine addict.

Personal life[edit]

Dey was married to Lenny Hirshan from 1976–1981. They have one daughter, Sarah Hirshan (born 1978). Dey has been married to her second husband, television producer Bernard Sofronski, since 1988. She serves 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 co-star, Corbin Bernsen.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1970-1974The Partridge FamilyLaurie Partridge96 episodes
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
1972SkyjackedElly Brewster
1973Terror on the BeachDeeDee GlynnTelevision movie
1973Ghost StoryPeggyEpisode: "Doorway to death"
1975Cage Without a KeyValerie SmithTelevision movie
1975Hawaii Five-OSusan BradshawEpisode: "Target? the Lady"
1975S.W.A.T.Janice2 episodes
1976The QuestCharlotte RoseeEpisode: "The Captive"
1976The Streets of San FranciscoBarbara RossEpisode: "The Thrill Killers" (2 episodes)
1977Loves Me, Loves Me NotJane Benson6 episodes[3]
1977Mary Jane Harper Cried Last NightRowena HarperTelevision movie
1977First LoveCaroline
1978Little WomenJo MarchTelevision movie
1980The Comeback KidMegan BarrettTelevision movie
1981LookerCindy Fairmont
1983MalibuLinda HarveyTelevision movie
1983–1984Emerald Point N.A.S.Celia Mallory22 episodes[4]
1986Echo ParkMay
1986–1992L.A. LawGrace Van Owen126 episodes
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (1987–1989)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (1989–1992)
1987The Trouble with DickDiane
1992Bed of LiesVicky Daniel
1992–1993Love & WarWallis "Wally" Porter23 episodes
1993Lies and LullabiesChristina KinseyTelevision movie
1994Beyond BetrayalJoanna/Emily DoyleTelevision movie
1995Deadly LoveRebecca BarnesTelevision movie
1995Blue RiverMrs. SellersTelevision movie
1997Bridge of TimeMadeleine ArmstrongTelevision movie
1998AvengedMargo
2002L.A. Law: The MovieGrace Van Owen
2002DisappearancePatty Henley
2003RainDianna Davis
2004Third WatchDr. Breene2 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ New York Times obituary, July 21, 1961.
  2. ^ "Susan Dey Biography (1952–)". Filmreference.com. Advameg, Inc. 2013. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Terrace, p. 252.
  4. ^ Terrace, p. 127.

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