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Susan Dey
Susan Dey
Birth name Susan Hallock Smith
Born December 10, 1952 in Pekin, Illinois, USA
Notable Roles Laurie Partridge in The Partridge Family
Grace Van Owen in L.A. Law
Notable Episodes
Awards 1988 Golden Globe Award - Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series - Drama for L.A. Law

Susan Dey is an American actress and former model, best known for her roles as Laurie Partridge on The Partridge Family and as Grace Van Owen on L.A. Law.



Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
The Partridge Family Laurie Partridge 1970–1974 1 2 3 4
Loves Me, Loves Me Not Jane Benson 1977 1
Emerald Point N.A.S. Celia Warren 1983–1984 1
L.A. Law Grace Van Owen 1986–1992 1 2 3 4 5 6
Love & War Wally Porter 1992–1993 1

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
The Rookies Angel 3x18 - Angel February 3, 1975
Hawaii Five-O Susan Bradshaw 8x05 - Target? The Lady October 3, 1975
The Streets of San Francisco Barbara Ross 5x01 - The Thrill Killers (1) September 30, 1976
The Streets of San Francisco Barbara Ross 5x02 - The Thrill Killers (2) October 7, 1976
Barnaby Jones Linda Jason 5x13 - Testament of Power January 20, 1977
Saturday Night Live Host 17x12 - Susan Dey/C C Music Factory February 8, 1992
Family Law Karen Hershey 1x09 - Holt vs. Holt November 22, 1999
Third Watch Madeline Breene 5x16 - Family Ties (1) February 27, 2004
Third Watch Madeline Breene 5x17 - Family Ties (2) March 5, 2004

Made-for-TV Movies and Miniseries

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night Rowena Harper October 5, 1977 CBS Wednesday Night at the Movies
The Comeback Kid Megan Barrett April 11, 1980 ABC Friday Night Movie
The Gift of Life Joleen Sutton March 16, 1982 CBS Tuesday Night at the Movies
Malibu Linda Harvey January 23-24, 1983
L.A. Law: 100th Episode Celebration Herself February 6, 1991 L.A. Law
Entertainment Tonight Presents: L.A. Law - Secrets of the Firm Herself February 19, 2000
NBC 75th Anniversary Special Herself May 5, 2002
L.A. Law: The Movie Grace Van Owen May 12, 2002 L.A. Law

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
The Hollywood Squares November 22-26, 1971
The Hollywood Squares July 23-27, 1973

Awards and Accolades

Golden Globe Awards

(1 Win in 6 Nominations)

  • Nominated: Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series - Drama (1988)
L.A. Law


  • Her mother, Ruth (who died when Susan was 8 years old) was a nurse
  • Her father, Robert was a newspaper editor for the Standard-Star in New Rochelle, New York
  • Is one of four children
  • Attended Columbus Elementary School in Thornwood, New York
  • Graduated from Fox Lane High School in Mount Kisco, New York in 1970
  • Was married to Lenny Hirshan from 1976 to 1981; they have a daughter, Sarah (born in 1978)
  • Married to TV producer Bernard Sofronski since 1988
  • Serves as a board member of the Rape Treatment Center at UCLA Medical Center
  • Resides in upstate New York as of November 2017