Suzanne Crough, the tambourine-shaking youngest member of TV's "The Partridge Family," died Monday. She was 52.
TMZ reported that the actress, best known for her portrayal of freckle-faced Tracy Partridge on the 1970s sitcom, was found dead at her Nevada home. Her death was confirmed by a family member, but the cause remains unclear.
Crough is survived by her husband, William Condray, and two daughters, Samantha and Alexandria.
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"The Partridge Family," which starred Shirley Jones as the head of a musical family who traveled in a multicolored school bus, aired on ABC for four seasons beginning in 1970, when Crough was 7 years old. After the series ended in 1974, she appeared in other shows, including “Mulligan’s Stew.” The 1980 TV film "Children of Divorce" was her last credit.
“I’m an office manager for Office Max,” Crough said during a “Today” show segment in 2010 that celebrated the 40-year anniversary of the beloved sitcom. “I have two daughters, I’m married, I have a normal job.”
But Crough confessed during an interview in 2000 that she had always hoped to one day return to acting.
“I came to the age, at 20, that is hard to transfer to an adult. I had a good list of credits, but it's just hard. So I went out for parts when there were some, and I traveled a little, had some fun, and then met my husband. I signed the contract to be in the ‘new’ Partridge Family, but I was six months pregnant with my oldest daughter and moving out of LA. The series fell through,” she explained. “I lived one and a half hours outside of LA and played mom for about three years. I met with my agent and publicist, got pictures and then found out I was pregnant again. So I got a real job. I still say I would love to go back to acting, but after my kids are older. You can't just drop everything and go out on a call and keep a stable life.”