Susan Dey’s attractive, fresh, innocent looking charm got her a role in the television series ‘The Partridge Family’. With no prior acting experience, Dey took on the role of Laurie, the eldest daughter of ‘The Partridge Family’. It was in these days of her life, working on hit TV show, that she began to develop her eating disorder.
At the height of her illness, Dey weighed a mere 92 pounds and had reportedly stopped menstruating. Her skin color even became orange because she was eating so many carrots. Anorexia researchers say that this is a common trend observed in people suffering from eating disorders: they eat exclusively one type of food.
Susan reportedly realized she had a problem during a cast party at the beach, nndb.com writes, when Danny Bonaduce saw her in a bikini and commented, “What’s wrong with you?! Your skin is orange! You look disgusting.”
20 years later, Susan gave an exclusive interview, in which she admitted she was still not over her eating disorder.
“I’m not in the clear yet – I’m still trying to overcome my anorexia,” Susan admitted in a 1993 interview with The Enquirer. “It’s something that has been plaguing my life.”
“Beating a severe eating disorder is something you can not do alone,” she added.
Eventually she did overcome her eating disorder. According to wikipedia, Dey is now healthy and works as a member of the board at UCLA’s Rape Treatment Center.
Susan Dey is a critically acclaimed actress, who moved on to another television series, ‘LA Law’, after her four-year stint with ‘The Partridge Family’. Here, she played the critically acclaimed role of Grace van Owen that won her a Golden Globe, three statues at the Emmy’s and many other nominations.
Images: PR PhotosTags: anorexia eating disorder