Susan Dey Biography: Age, Net Worth, Movies, Family, Children, Wikipedia, Husband, Pictures

April 6, 2024 0 Posted By Johnson Ajiboye

Susan Dey is a retired American actress, so her profession would be a former actress.

She was well-known for her roles in television shows throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including her most famous role as Laurie Partridge in the hit show “The Partridge Family.”

After retiring from acting, she has become an advocate for mental health and has worked with various organizations to raise awareness and support for those struggling with mental illness.


  • Full Name: Susan Hallock Dey
  • Stage Name: Susan Dey 
  • Born: 10 December 1952
  • Age: 71 years old 
  • Birthplace: Pekin, Illinois. 
  • Nationality: American 
  • Occupation: formal American actress 
  • Height: 1.7 m 
  • Parent: Gail Dey ,Robert Smith 
  • Siblings: Leslie Smith 
  • Spouse: Leonard “Lenny” Hirshan in 1976 – 1981 and Bernard Sofronski in 1988 till date 
  • Children: 1, Sara Dey Hirshan 
  • Relationship: Married 
  • Net Worth: $10 million 

Early Life And Education

Susan Dey, the actress best known for her roles in “The Partridge Family” and “L.A. Law,” was on 10 December 1952 in Pekin, Illinois.

However, her life changed course at a young age when her mother, a nurse named Ruth Dey, passed away in 1961 when Susan was only eight years old.

Despite this tragic event, Susan became a successful actress and has impacted the entertainment industry.

Susan Dey attended Columbus Elementary School in Thornwood, New York, and later moved to Mount Kisco, New York.

She graduated from Fox Lane High School in 1970. However, her upbringing was less traditional than that of Gail Dey. Robert Smith raised her, and she grew up with only one sibling, Leslie Smith.


A retired American actress, Susan Dey had a successful career known for two iconic television roles.

The first was her breakout role in the sitcom The Partridge Family (1970-1974), where she played Laurie Partridge, the eldest daughter in the musical family. 

This role launched Dey’s career and solidified her as a household name. Her second iconic role was as Grace Van Owen in the legal drama L.A. Law (1986-1992), for which she won a Golden Globe award.

Dey’s talent and range as an actress were evident in both roles, cementing her status as a beloved and respected performer.

Susan Dey, known for her role as Grace Van Owen on L.A. Law (1986-1992), played a strong and determined Los Angeles deputy district attorney who eventually became a judge.

Her captivating performance was met with high praise from critics, leading to a Golden Globe Award win in 1988 and numerous nominations for both Golden Globes and Emmys.

Dey’s portrayal of Grace Van Owen showcased her versatile acting skills and solidified her as a talented and respected actress in the industry during the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Awards and Nominations

  • Golden Globe Awards: Won Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama for “L.A. Law” in 1988.
  • She received six nominations, including the one she won, for her performance in “L.A. Law” (1988 – 1992).
  • Primetime Emmy Awards: She earned three nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role in “L.A. Law” (1987 – 1989).
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television (for “The Partridge Family”)
  • People’s Choice Award for Favorite Actress in a New T.V. Series

Social Media handles

  • Instagram handle: None 
  • Facebook handle: None 
  • Twitter handle: None 

Personal Life 

Susan Dey has had two marriages. Her first marriage was to Leonard “Lenny” Hirshan in 1976.

They had a daughter, Sarah, born in 1978, before divorcing in 1981. She married television producer Bernard Sofronski in 1988, and they’ve been together ever since. 

However, Dey developed feelings for her co-star David Cassidy during her time on The Partridge Family.

The two reportedly dated briefly after the show ended, but Cassidy ultimately ended the relationship.

Despite this, Dey and Cassidy remained close friends until his passing in 2017.


  • The Partridge Family (1970-1974) as Laurie Partridge
  • L.A. Law (1986-1992) as Grace Van Owen (This role earned her several award nominations)
  • Love & War (1992-1993) as Wallis “Wally” Porter
  • I Love You Perfect (1989)
  • L.A. Law: The Movie (2002) (Reprising her role from the T.V. series)

Net Worth

Susan Dey’s net worth is estimated to be around $10 million, thanks to her successful acting career.

She is best known for her roles in popular T.V. shows The Partridge Family L.A. and L.A. and Law.

With her talent and hard work, she has built a successful and lucrative career in the entertainment industry.

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