Susan Dey’s crush on David Cassidy and life after hit TV show ‘The Partridge Family’

At just 18 years old actress Susan Dey became one of the biggest TV stars of the 1970s.

“The Partridge Family” aired from 1970 to 1974 and followed the lives of a musical family living in the fictitious city of San Pueblo, California.

Without any previous acting or singing experience Dey, who was working as a model at the time, was cast as older sister Laurie in the ABC TV hit whose singing family traveled to shows in a refurbished psychedelic school bus.

From 1970 to 1974, Dey played the role of the caring and intelligent Laurie Partridge, a main character of The Partridge Family.

The show won the hearts and minds of millions of Americans and even after it fell from the television top spot in the U.S. it found fame across the pond, airing in the U.K.

Its success took its toll on the cast with Dey said to have suffered an eating disorder and her weight dropped to 92 lbs, something that a TV producer noticed and called her out on sparking a new healthier eating regime that didn’t involve starving herself.

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