Dec. 10th, 1952
Pekin, Illinois, USA
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Susan Hallock Dey is a retired American actress, known for her television roles as Laurie Partridge on the sitcom The Partridge Family from 1970 to 1974, and as Grace Van Owen on the drama series L.A. Law from 1986 to 1992. A three-time Emmy Award nominee and six-time Golden Globe Award nominee, she won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Series for L.A. Law in 1988.
Dey was a model before starring as Laurie Partridge in the television series The Partridge Family from 1970 to 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 sitcom Loves Me, Loves Me Not.
Dey's first film role was as a passenger in the 1972 airline hijack movie Skyjacked. 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 First Love, directed by Joan Darling. Dey also appeared in a Barnaby Jones episode titled, "Testament of Power"(1977).
Dey co-starred with Albert Finney in the 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. She starred on L.A. Law from 1986 through 1992 as Los Angeles County deputy district attorney Grace Van Owen, who later became a judge. Dey won a Golden Globe Award as Actress in a Leading Role – Drama Series for the role in 1988. She was also nominated in each of the following four years. Dey was also nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 1987, 1988, and 1989.
She hosted a 1992 episode of Saturday Night Live. Later that year, Dey co-starred in the sitcom Love & War. Although the show ran until 1995, Dey was replaced in 1993 by Annie Potts because producers reportedly felt she had "no chemistry" with co-star Jay Thomas. In 1993, she produced and starred in Lies & Lullabies (later released on DVD as Sad Inheritance), where she played a pregnant cocaine addict.
- One 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 mother, 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.
- Born to Robert Smit (a newspaper editor) and Gail Dey (a nurse), she spent most of her school days in the State of New York where her father was an editor for a group of newspapers on Long Island.
- In 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".
- Graduated 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".
- Measurements: 32-20-31 (during _"The Partridge Family" (1970)_ (qv)) (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).
- Daughter Sarah Hirshan born in November 1978.
- Has 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" co-star 'Corbin Bernsen' (qv).
- Came to acting by way of a teen modeling career.
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