‘The Partridge Family’: Susan Dey Had to Live with Co-Star Danny Bonaduce for a Season

by Joe Rutland
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“The Partridge Family” cast members leaned on each other like a real family. Need an example? Look at actress Susan Dey living with Danny Bonaduce.

Apparently, Dey, who portrayed Laurie Partridge on the ABC hit show, needed to live with a guardian for a period of time. In fact, it was through the pilot and some early first-season episodes.

That took her to the home of Bonaduce, who talked about that time in an interview with cmongethappy.com.

When asked how long Dey stayed with his family, Bonaduce said, “I think about a season. Which is how I tell time. I don’t actually go on vacation, I go on hiatus. Probably 6 months.”

Bonaduce Doesn’t Recall ‘The Partridge Family’ Star’s Stay

He also was asked if he remembered having her at his home. The response? “No, not really,” Bonaduce said.

Bonaduce portrayed Danny Partridge on the show. His character had a little touch of smart-aleck behavior to him, which sometimes matched the real Bonaduce.

The show, which starred Shirley Jones and David Cassidy, is about a musical family who travels around to gigs on a multi-colored school bus and is based on The Cowsills. They were a family musical group who had hits like “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” and their version of “Hair” from the Broadway play of the same name.

Shirley Jones: Cast Once Put Bonaduce ‘In His Place’

Bonaduce could be a bit much with his precocious behavior. He reportedly came from a pretty rough home life. Co-star David Cassidy wrote in his memoir, “C’mon, Get Happy: Fear and Loathing on the Partridge Family Bus,” that Bonaduce’s father would “beat the sh*t out of him.”

Cassidy and Jones saw both sides of Bonaduce’s behavior.

While they did their best to keep Bonaduce happy, there is one time everyone worked together to set him straight. Years after “The Partridge Family” left ABC’s airwaves, Jones wrote about her life.

In “Shirley Jones: A Memoir,” she shares about a moment when they all used milk to send a message to Bonaduce.

“Once, when he was getting too big for his boots, we all ganged up on him and convinced Susan (Dey) to pour a pitcher of milk over his head, just to put him in his place,” Jones said in her book, Shirley Jones: A Memoir. “That incident found its way into a subsequent episode of ‘The Partridge Family,’ in which we did exactly the same to David for the identical reason.”

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