Family & Companions
Susan Dey has been a regular sight on the small screen since her debut, at age 18, on "The Partridge Family." As Laurie, the pretty, sensible, eldest daughter and keyboardist of the traveling musical clan, she exuded an earnest, slightly gawky charm, even when her braces were wreaking havoc with the group's electrical equipment in a memorable episode.
After the show went off the air, Dey tried her luck on the big screen playing opposite William Katt in the bland teen romance "First Love" (1977), played the tomboyish Jo March in a TV adaptation of "Little Women" (NBC, 1978) and kept reasonably busy in a series of modest TV-movies, failed sitcom pilots and several other features. The best of the latter was the "Echo Park" (1985), with Dey as a single mother with show business aspirations who rents a room to a writer (Tom Hulce). Released several years before the boom in independent films, it went practically unnoticed by mainstream Hollywood, despite earning good reviews. A dutiful daughter role on the naval drama series "Emerald Point N.A.S." (CBS, 1983-84) failed to turn Dey's career around, but the role of Grace Van Owen, one of many high-powered attorneys peopling NBC's "L.A. Law," thrust her back into the spotlight. The long, straight hair of Laurie Partridge had been cut to a stylish bob, her alto voice a trifle deeper than before, Dey proved one of the series' main attractions over a six year run (1986-92). She ventured back to sitcoms as co-star of CBS' "Love and War" in 1992, but her return to comedy was short-lived. Citing "creative differences" with the series' producers, Dey opted out after one season. She continued working in TV-movies of varying quality, some of which were executive produced by her husband, Bernard Sofronski. (Dey had co-producer credit on others.) Among the more notable were "Bed of Lies" (ABC, 1992), wherein she was a woman who killed her politician husband, "Lies and Lullabies" (ABC, 1993), as a drug addict, "Blue River" (Fox, 1995), as an emotionally-repressed mother, and "Bridge of Time" (Fox, 1997), as a UN worker, one of the passengers of a plane which crashes into a Shangri-la-like preserve.
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Cast (TV Mini-Series)
Played Laurie Partridge on the musical sitcom, "The Partridge Family" (ABC)
Feature film debut in a supporting role in "Skyjacked"
TV-movie debut in "Terror on the Beach" (CBS)
Voiced Laurie Partridge on the CBS animated cartoon, "Partridge Family: 2200 A.D."
First leading role in a feature, "First Love"
Played Jane Benson on the short-lived CBS sitcom, "Loves Me, Loves Me Not"
Starred as Jo March in the NBC miniseries "Little Women"
Played Celia Warren on the CBS drama, "Emerald Point N.A.S."
Received top billing opposite Tom Hulce in the feature, "Echo Park"
Portrayed lawyer Grace Van Owen on the NBC drama, "L.A. Law"
Starred in the ABC TV-movie, "I Love You Perfect," also received first time producing credit
Cast as Wallis 'Wally' Porter on the CBS sitcom, "Love and War"
Left "Love and War" citing "creative differences" with the producers
Portrayed an abused wife in the TV-movie "Beyond Betrayal" (CBS)
Starred in Fox TV-movie, "Bridge of Time"
Guest-starred in two episodes of NBC's "Third Watch," as a fire department psychiatrist