Susan Dey at just 18 years of age became one of the biggest stars in the 1970s.
The Partridge Family first aired in 1970 and went on for three years. The show revolves around a musical family living in the fictitious city of San Pueblo, California.
Dey was working as a model at that time and had no acting or singing experience, got featured as older sister Laurie in the ABC TV hit whose singing family traveled to shows in a refurbished psychedelic school bus.
Dey played the role of a main character in The Partridge Family. The show was successful as it captured the hearts of many Americans and even as the show ended in 1974 it spread to other countries.
The show gave its cast fame not leaving out Dey who also got an eating disorder and her weight dropped to 92lbs. It was so obvious that she got called out by a TV producer urging her to adopt a more healthy lifestyle that didn’t involve starving herself.
David Cassidy played the role of Keith in the show and he felt a huge pressure coming from the masses.
According to his memoir C’mon, Get Happy: Fear and Loathing on the Partridge Family Bus. David wasn’t looking bad at all and he had the attention of lots of women including his co-star Susan Dey.
They were dating during the show and it was quite a shock when they abruptly ended their relationship at the end of the show. Cassidy later revealed in his memoir that she was too innocent for him.
They went on to become friends at the end of their romance, but that ended after Dey was hurt by intimate details Cassidy revealed about Dey. It got so bad that they didn’t attend The Partridge Family union years after.
Dey wrote her book while starring on “The Partridge Family” called “Susan Dey’s Secrets on Boys, Beauty and Popularity”.
Dey after the show became one of the most sought after and went on to appear in over 20 movies, mostly made for TV and 15 TV shows earning her six Golden Globe and three Emmy award nominations.
Her role in “LA Law” as Grace Van Owen led to her winning a Golden Globe award for Best Actress. Susan has been married for more than three decades to her husband, Bernard, and has remained out of the spotlight.
The couple is having a wonderful life in upstate New York, where they bought grew up.