Susan Dey is an American actress who has been on the silver screen since the early 1970s and became famous for her role as Laurie Partridge in the sitcom The Partridge Family and as Grace Van Owen in L.A. Law – a drama series that ran for six years (1986 – 1992).
Dey has been nominated three times for the Emmy Awards and six times for the Golden Globe Awards. Scroll down for more detailed information about this sensational actress.
A little about her biography: Susan Dey was born on December 10, 1952, as Susan Hallock Dey in Pekin, Illinois. She attended Columbus Elementary School Thornwood, New York, and Fox Lane High School, where she was an active member of the school’s drama club and took part in several school performances, which obviously encouraged her interest and love of acting.
Before she began her acting career, Susan Dey worked a little as a model after being encouraged by her grandmother who sent her picture to a modeling agency. She got a professional contract and modeled for several magazines, including Seventeen, American Girl, and Simplicity.
From 1970 to 1974, she began acting in the television series The Partridge Family. She made her film debut in 1972 in the movie Skyjacked alongside Charlton Heston.
In 1977 she appeared in the short-lived sitcom Loves Me, Loves Me Not. In the same year, she appeared in the television movie Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night, and also in the film First Love directed by Joan Darling.
In 1981 she starred with Albert Finney in Looker – a science fiction film written and directed by Michael Crichton. She starred in Echo Park as a struggling waitress who had to take a job as a stripper, and as an assistant district attorney who later became a judge in L.A. Law.
In 1992, she hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live, starred in the sitcom Love & War that same year, and remained on the show until she was replaced in 1993. She produced and starred in Lies & Lullabies, which was later released on DVD as Sad Inheritance.
Between 1970 and 2004, Dey starred in over thirty films and television drama series. Here are some of them:
|1973||Terror on the Beach||DeeDee Glynn||Television movie|
|1975||Cage Without a Key||Valerie Smith||Television movie|
|1977||Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night||Rowena Harper||Television movie|
|1978||Little Women||Jo March||Television miniseries|
|1980||The Comeback Kid||Megan Barrett||Television movie|
|1983||Malibu||Linda Harvey||Television movie|
|1984||Love Leads the Way||Beth||Television movie|
|1987||The Trouble with Dick||Diane|
|1992||Bed of Lies||Vicky Daniel|
|1993||Lies and Lullabies||Christina Kinsey||Television movie|
|1994||Beyond Betrayal||Joanna/Emily Doyle||Television movie|
|1995||Deadly Love||Rebecca Barnes||Television movie|
|1995||Blue River||Mrs. Sellers||Television movie|
|1997||Bridge of Time||Madeleine Armstrong||Television movie|
|2002||L.A. Law: The Movie||Grace Van Owen||Television movie|
Dey won her first prize (Golden Globe) in 1988 for a leading role in a drama series, and she also received Emmy nominations for an outstanding leading actress in a drama series in 1987, 1988, and 1989 respectively.
- 1988, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 1992, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama: Nominee
- 1987, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 1989, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 1988, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama: Nominee
- 1990, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama: Nominee
- 1989, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama: Winner
- 1973, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
- 1991, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama: Nominee
She is also involved in some kind of humanitarian work, she was a board member of the Rape Treatment Center at UCLA Medical Center and made a documentary with Corbin Bernsen about rape on campus.
Susan Dey was married to Leonard Hirshan from 1976 to 1981 and together they have a daughter named Sarah (born 1978). She has been married to the television producer Bernard Sofronski since 1988. The couple has no children together, but Bernard has two children from his previous marriage to Myra Phyllis Tamarkin.
Susan Dey’s Net Worth
Dey has a net worth of $10 million. Her income comes mainly from her acting career and probably from the returns of the book “Dey’s Secrets on Boys, Beauty, and Popularity”, of which she is said to be the author in 1972.