Susan Dey, the sexy eldest daughter on the ‘70s era sit-com “The Partridge Family” broke hearts today (Mar. 2) when she failed to appear for a reunion of cast members on NBC’s “Today” show.
Dey, was every high-schooler’s dream girl during the show’s run. Susan played the role of Laurie Partridge.
But other cast members were there, including Danny Bonaduce, who has lived a star-crossed life that has included several bouts with drug addiction.
He was joined by David Cassidy, Brian Forster (Chris Partridge) and Suzanne Crough (Tracy Partridge) on Today’s “Great TV Families Reunited” series. Shirley Jones was also a no-show.
The Partridge Family show ended in 1974. Dey went on to star in “Echo Park” in 1986, and reinvigorated her career after a long absence when she joined the cast of hit television show “L.A. Law” in the 1980s.
She won a Golden Globe in 1987 for her portrayal of lawyer and judge Grace Van Owen and was nominated for an Emmy three times.
Dey dropped out of the limelight after “LA Law” and last appeared on screen in 2004 in two episodes of “Third Watch.”
Dey has one daughter, Sarah, with ex-husband Lenny Hirshan. She has been married to TV producer Bernard Sofronski since 1988.
She spends much of her time these days as an advocate for rape victims. She serves as a board member for the Rape Treatment Center at UCLA Medical Center.