• Born Susan Hallock Dey in Pekin, Illinois in 1952
• Starred in TV series “The Partridge Family” and “L.A. Law”; won a Golden Globe Award for “L.A. Law”
• After retiring from entertainment mid 2000s, serves as board member of Rape Treatment Center at UCLA Medical Center
• Had one child with her first husband Leonard Hirshan and has been married to her second husband Bernard Sofronski since 1988
• Estimated net worth of $10 million as of mid-2018

Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthDecember 10, 1952
SpouseBernard Sofronski, Lenny Hirshan
FactMother, with Leonard Hirshan, of daughter Sara Dey-Hirshan, born in November 1978.

Who is Susan Dey?

Born as Susan Hallock Dey on the 10th December 1952 in Pekin, Illinois, USA, she is an actress, probably best known to the world from starring in the role of Laurie Partridge in the TV series “The Partridge Family”, and as Grace van Owen in another TV series – “L.A. Law” – for which she won a Golden Globe Award.


Where is Susan Dey Now?

Having retired from the entertainment industry in the mid- 2000s, Susan has since maintained a low profile, and now serves as a board member of the Rape Treatment Center at UCLA Medical Center. She is married to Bernard Sofronski, who is her second husband. In all interviews conducted with Susan, she has stated she isn’t coming back to the screen.

Susan Dey Wiki: Parents, Early Life, and Education

Susan Dey is the daughter of nurse Ruth Pyle, and Robert Smith-Dey, who was the editor of New Rochelle, New York State newspaper “Standard-Star”. When she was only eight years old her mother died, so she was raised by her father. She went to Columbus Elementary School in Thornwood, New York, then moved to Bedford, New York with her father, and attended Fox Lane High School, where she was an active member of the school’s drama club, participating in several school plays, which generated an interest in acting.

image source, Susan Dey as Laurie Partridge in the TV series “The Partridge Family”

Career Beginnings

Before her acting career began, Susan became a model, somewhat surreptitiously encouraged by her grandmother who had sent her picture to a model agency, which immediately signed her to a professional contract. However, in 1970 she auditioned for the part of Laurie Partridge in the TV series “The Partridge Family” (1970-1974), and was cast in the role, which marked the beginning of her acting career.

Rise to Prominence

During her time in “The Partridge Family”, Susan became an extremely popular TV personality, and used the momentum to concurrently secure other successful roles. She made her debut appearance on the big screen in the John Guillermin`s film “Skyjacked” (1972), and then appeared in the film “Terror on the Beach” (1973), with Dennis Weaver and Estelle Parsons in lead roles. After the Partridge show ended, Susan emerged on the Hollywood scene as a young and talented actress; thanks partly to her popularity in the show, she then voiced Laurie in the animated series “Goober and the Ghost Chasers”.

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Continual Success

Susan continued her career with support appearances in such TV series as “Good Heavens” in 1976, “The Quest” in the same year, then in “Barnaby Jones” in 1977, and the same year played the recurring role of Jane in the TV series “Loves Me, Loves Me Not”. She didn’t have much success in the late ‘70s, but managed to revitalize her career at the start of the ‘80s with the role of Celia Mallory Warren in the TV drama series “Emerald Point N.A.S.” (1983-1984). It was in 1986 that she reached prominence once again with the part of D.D.A. Grace Van Owen in the TV crime-drama series “L.A. Law” (1986-1992), the role that won her a Golden Globe Award in the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama, and three Primetime Emmy Award nominations. She reprised the role of Grace Van Owen in the television film “L.A. Law: The Movie”, released in 2002.

The ‘90s and Retirement

She enjoyed considerable success before deciding to retire, after becoming tired of getting into new characters and reading dialogues from the early morning. She had a number of prominent roles in the ‘90s, such as that of Vickie Daniel in the drama film “Bed of Lies” in 1992, then as Wallis ‘Wally’ Porter in the TV series “Love & War”, and the lead role in the action war film “Rain” in 2003, which was one her last roles. Her final appearance on screen was as Dr. Breene in the TV series “Third Watch” in 2004.

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Susan Dey Net Worth Today

Though retired from the entertainment industry for around 15 years, Susan has managed to hold on to her earnings from a successful acting career. So, have you ever wondered how rich Susan Dey is, as of mid- 2018? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Susan Dey’s net worth is as high as $10 million. Pretty impressive don’t you think?

Do You Know About Susan Dey’s Personal Life, Affairs, Marriage, Children?

Susan, though out of the spotlight, is rather open about her personal life; she has been married to television producer Bernard Sofronski since 1988. Previously, she was married to Leonard ‘Lenny’ Hirshan from 1976 to 1981, with whom she welcomed her only child, a daughter Sara Dey- Hirshan, who is also an actress.

Relationship with Co-Star David Cassidy

During her stint in “The Partridge Family”, Susan fell in love with her co-star David Cassidy; she was 18 at the time and the two became a couple. Unfortunately, their relationship didn’t last long, since Cassidy broke up, stating that he failed to feel the same about Susan the way she felt for him.

General Info

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


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


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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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.




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
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


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


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
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

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


Won Awards

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

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)

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