Suzanne Crough Condray, who played the youngest daughter on the hit 1970s show “The Partridge Family,” was found dead Monday night at her home in Laughlin, Nev. She was 52.
Her death was confirmed by her husband, William Condray. Las Vegas police said they believe she suffered a medical episode and the circumstances of her death are not suspicious. An autopsy is planned.
Crough Condray played Tracy Partridge on the popular comedy about a musical family that ran on ABC from September 1970 to March 1974.
It starred Shirley Jones as the widowed suburban mom of a large brood that becomes a rock sensation, led by Jones’ real-life stepson David Cassidy as teen heart-throb Keith Partridge.
Unlike Jones and Cassidy, who did most of the singing, Crough was “very good at being Milli Vanilli,” she told MSNBC.com in 2010 in a joking reference to the lip-synching pop act of the 1980s.
Her contribution to the Partridge Family was playing “anything they put in my hands,” including a tambourine, triangle and cowbell, and serving as the warm backdrop to zingers flung out by her on-screen brother Danny, played by Danny Bonaduce.
She was born March 6, 1963, in Fullerton. Besides “The Partridge Family,” she also appeared in commercials as a child. After “The Partridge Family,” she continued to act for several years, including a starring role in “Teenage Father,” which won director Taylor Hackford an Oscar for best live action short film in 1979.
As an adult, however, she largely stayed out of the limelight.
She lived for years in her native California with her husband of nearly 30 years and two daughters, who survive her along with a grandchild.
She had also owned the Book Center bookstore in Temecula and worked as a manager for the Office Max chain.
She attended the occasional “Partridge Family” reunion, including interviews and other celebrations.
In 2010, on the 40th anniversary of the series’ premiere, she told MSNBC that she was often asked whether she had the same swooning reaction to Cassidy as did much of the rest of the country’s teeny-boppers when “The Partridge Family” first went on the air.
“All my friends were going, ‘I love David. Don’t you love David?’ and I would say, ‘No. He’s like my brother. That’s creepy.’”