Suzanne Crough, who played young Tracey Partridge in the hit 70s TV show The Partridge Family, has died at age 52 at her home in Laughlin, Nevada.
The Partridge Family ran from September 1970 to March 1974 and has been in syndication ever since.
The Partridge Family was based on the real life group The Cowsills. The Tracey character was based on Susan Cowsill, who was around the same age as the Tracey character when The Cowsills had there string of hits in the 60s.
Originally, the producers of the show set out to make a show featuring The Cowsills but the show was so long in development that by the time they were ready to produce they changed plans and went ahead with the fictitious Partridge Family instead.
The Partridge Family starred Broadway legend Shirley Jones as Shirley Partridge and teamed her with her step-son David Cassidy as her TV son Keith Partridge. Susan Dey and Danny Bonaduce also made their name as child stars in the show.
Crough was 7-years old when the first show aired and 11 when it finished. After the show was cancelled she did some voice-over work in cartoons, including reprising her Tracey Partridge role in the 1974-75 cartoon series ‘The Partridge Family 2200 A.D.
The Partridge Family released eight albums between 1970 and 1973. Fours of the albums reached the US Top 10. 1971’s ‘A Partridge Family Christmas Card’ was a number one album in America.
The first Partridge Family single ‘I Think I Love You’ reached no 1 in Australia in October 1970.
The Partridge Family Australian hits
I Think I Love You, (no 1, 1970)
Doesn’t Somebody Want To Be Wanted (no 7, 1971)
I’ll Meet You Halfway (no 7, 1971)
I Woke Up In Love This Morning (no 5, 1971)
It’s One Of Those Nights (no 21, 1972)
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (no 3, 1972)
Looking Through The Eyes Of Love (no 22, 1973)
In the studio the Partridge Family records were performed by studio musicians. David Cassidy was the show’s only actor to feature on the records.
In 2010 Suzanne appeared on The Partridge Family Reunion on ‘Today’ where she said had a husband and two daughters and worked as an office manager at Office Max.
The cause of death has so far not been released. Her husband William Condray they were to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary in July.
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