‘The Partridge Family’: David Cassidy Once Rejected Susan Dey Due to Lack of ‘Sexual’ Attraction

by Joe Rutland

There was a time when David Cassidy was a teen heartthrob on all the pop magazines thanks to his role in “The Partridge Family.”

That TV show, which made Cassidy a household name, also provided a showcase for other actors and actresses too. Shirley Jones, who played Shirley Partridge on the show, actually was Cassidy’s real-life stepmother who was married to David’s father, actor Jack Cassidy.

Yet actress Susan Dey, who played Laurie Partridge, admits that she found Cassidy quite handsome and attractive. In fact, she really loved him in a romantic way. Cassidy himself didn’t see Dey in that way at all. It was more along the lines of a big sister-type of energy.

Dey held her own emotions around David Cassidy to herself. She played the role of Laurie all through the show’s run in the 1970s on ABC. Once the final episode was done and the show was over, Dey found herself wanting to speak her truth to Cassidy.

David Cassidy Hears About Susan Dey’s Love for Him

According to Cassidy, who died in 2017 after dealing with alcoholism and other health issues, he and Dey spent a bit of time together chatting.

He recalled in his 1994 memoir “C’Mon Get Happy … Fear and Loathing on the Partridge Family Bus” about his long chat with Dey, which took place at his old high school.

“She told me in great detail — we must have spent three hours sitting there — how long she had loved me and how difficult it had been for her, and how afraid she was of what was going to happen with our future,” Cassidy wrote in his book.

Dey would make a trip to see Cassidy at his ranch in San Diego. Now Dey had the “hots” for Cassidy, but he didn’t for her. In fact, Susan Dey wanted to get very intimate with Cassidy. He wasn’t into her like that at all.

“I thought she was really attractive,” he wrote. “But sexually — I never had that hunger for her.

“Susan lacked the slutty aspect of a female that I always found so attractive. To me she wasn’t dirty. She wasn’t nasty. She was good.”

Cassidy Apologizes For Words In Memoir, But Dey Is Silent

Years later, Cassidy sent an apology letter to Dey, who went on to find fame as a part of “L.A. Law.” She didnt respond. In fact, Dey totally cut off contact to “Partridge Family” cast members Jones, Cassidy, and Danny Bonaduce.

So, David Cassidy, the man who could have his pick of women, didn’t have a desire to be as close to Susan Dey as she wanted to be with him.

Cassidy’s life was filled with success but a lot of pain and sadness, too. He suffered a lot of verbal and physical abuse from his father Jack Cassidy, who was killed in a fire in the early 1970s. This was after Cassidy and Jones had divorced. She went on to get married to comedian Marty Ingels.

David Cassidy was a man who had his fair share of life experiences. “The Partridge Family,” about 50 years later, remains popular in syndication. Those who watch the reruns can see a younger Cassidy, who actually was a bit older than Dey, be the center of attention. He liked it. But once the show went off the air, his life took a dark turn downward.

He lost his heartthrob looks. It’s funny in a weird way because Dey was a solid cast member on “L.A. Law” and looked the part of an attorney. She found success beyond the show, even if it took a few years.

But the love Dey had for Cassidy was all gone. It’s just a memory from the days of that multi-colored school bus that carried “The Partridge Family” from one gig to another.

H/T: Cheatsheet