Susan Dey’s Life After Hit TV Series “The Partridge Family” And Her Crush On Colleague David Cassidy Back In The Day

Do you recall tuning in to "The Partridge Family"? If you were a fan, you likely admired the grace and beauty of Laurie Partridge, portrayed by actress Susan Dey.

When Susan was presented with the opportunity to join the cast of the ABC series, which ran for four years from 1970 to 1974, she lacked prior acting experience. However, casting her proved to be the perfect decision, as her natural talent shone through, giving the impression that she had been in front of the camera countless times before.

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The escapades of the singing family, traveling from one place to another to perform in a repurposed psychedelic school bus, captured the hearts of countless fans. Following its success in the United States, the show also became a massive hit in the United Kingdom, propelling the cast to newfound popularity.

Susan's co-star, David Cassidy, who portrayed Keith in the show, swiftly rose to fame as a teen idol, adored by many young girls. Among those smitten with him was Susan herself. She harbored a crush on him for quite some time, but their romantic involvement only began after the show concluded. However, their relationship was short-lived, and they remained close friends thereafter. That is until David published his book, "C'mon, Get Happy: Fear and Loathing on the Partridge Family Bus," where he divulged some intimate details about his romance with Susan. In his account, he cited ending their relationship because he felt she was too innocent for him.

Susan was furious upon learning about David's revelations. She made a firm decision never to speak to him again and even declined to attend the cast reunion years later.

Following her time on "The Partridge Family," Susan Dey ventured into various movies and TV shows. Additionally, she authored a book titled "Susan Dey’s Secrets on Boys, Beauty, and Popularity."

Throughout her career, Susan Dey received recognition with six Golden Globe and three Emmy award nominations. Her portrayal of Grace Van Owen in "LA Law" earned her a Golden Globe award for Best Actress. reported that Susan declined the role of Sandy in "Grease," while Olivia Newton-John, who ultimately played Sandy, was offered the role of Laurie in "The Partridge Family." However, Newton-John's manager advised her against accepting the role.


These days, Susan is relishing a serene life with her husband and family in New York, her hometown. While she may no longer be in the spotlight, she'll forever hold a special place in our hearts for making our youth unforgettable. Time may pass, but series like "The Partridge Family" endure, etched into our memories.

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