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Susan Dey: American actress
Common clues:
Susan of “L.A. Law”; Actress Susan; Susan of “The Partridge Family”; She played a Partridge; Susan of “Echo Park”; “Looker” actress; “L.A. Law” actress
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This little kid pointed at me and said, 'You look disgusting!' That was the first time I thought maybe I did. I decided I'd better start eating. I'm just thankful that I made it though with relatively few scars. ~ Susan Dey

Susan Dey (born December 10, 1952) is an American actress, known primarily for her roles in film and television. Her most prominent parts came as elder daughter, Laurie Partridge, on the 1970s sitcom The Partridge Family, and as Grace Van Owen, a California Assistant District Attorney and judge on the dramatic series, L.A. Law, a role she played from 1986 to 1992.

Dey was born Susan Hallock Smith in Pekin, Illinois, the daughter of Gail (née Dey), a nurse who died of pneumonia when Dey was eight years old, and Robert Smith, a newspaper editor. She adopted her mother's maiden name as her professional name. She graduated from Fox Lane High School in Bedford, New York.

Dey was a model before starring as Laurie Partridge in the television series, The Partridge Family, from 1970–1974. She was 17 years old when she won the part and had no previous acting experience.

She was critically hailed for her starring role in the TV series, L.A. Law, as Grace Van Owen and earned a Golden Globe Award as "Actress In A Leading Role – Drama Series" for the role in 1987. Dey was nominated four more times the following four years. She was also nominated for the Emmy Award for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series" for this role in 1987, 1988, and 1989.

Dey was married to Lenny Hirshan from 1976-1981. They had one daughter, Sarah Hirshan (born 1978). Dey has been married to her second husband, television producer Bernard Sofronski, since 1988. She serves as a board member of the Rape Treatment Center at UCLA Medical Center and co-narrated a documentary on campus rape with her L.A. Law co-star, Corbin Bernsen.

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