David Cassidy and Susan Dey's relationship became estranged as the years passed by. Here's why

Pedro Marrero
May 01, 2018
10:26 P.M.
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Cassidy was not blind to the fact that he was idolized, almost as much as Elvis, by his public. That being the case, he could have had any girl he wanted.


The Partridge Family is the all American television show that warmed critics and viewers’ hearts. Portraying the lives of the musical singing family the Partridges, the show followed the crazy adventures of the family in America in the 1970s.

According to Inquisitr, Susan Dey played Laurie Partridge and had a big crush on David Cassidy throughout the filming of the show. However, Cassidy didn’t exactly reciprocate those feelings as he was frequently seen with female fans.

He knew her attraction to him was strong but she just wasn’t his type. At the height of his popularity, he had some very high-profile flings with other celebrities including Gina Lollobrigida and Meredith Baxter as well as his female fans.


Time after time, Dey watched Cassidy flaunt romantic relationships right under her nose without any regard for her feelings. He was not ignorant of Dey’s feelings for him and was painfully insensitive to those feelings.

Shirley Jones, Cassidy’s real-life stepmother, knew all too well what was going on. She often told Dey that a relationship was not likely to be in their future and that Cassidy viewed her as ‘the sister he never had’. 

The truth, however, was that Jones didn’t want Dey to get hurt. The talks didn’t get through to Dey; she had a huge crush that just wouldn’t quit.

After the show had ended in 1974, Dey and Cassidy decided to give the romantic relationship a shot. However, their relationship was brief and the two barely spoke to each other again.

After becoming well known on the show, Dey then went on to reprise roles in dramas such as L.A. Law, and has even won a Golden Globe for her performance.