Lenny Hirshan is a known name in the entertainment industry. He was a celebrated Talent Manager who came to the spotlight when he got married to the famous three-time Emmy Award nominee actress, Susan Dey.
Lenny Hirshan’s Family
Leonard Hirshan, better known as Lenny Hirshan, was born on December 27, 1927, in New York City, New York, USA. He spent two years in the Navy and earned an undergraduate degree from New York University. Lenny kept his personal details behind curtains and not much is known about his family background, siblings, etc. He married Isobel Jane Rowland on March 31, 1963. They got divorced in July 1968. Lenny loved theatre and wanted to get involved in show business and thus started working at William Morris Agency. It was during those years that he met actress, Susan Dey, who was 25 years younger than him, and fell for her.
Susan Hallock Dey was born on December 10, 1952, in Pekin, Illinois, USA to Robert Smith Dey, an editor for the Standard-Star newspaper in New Rochelle, New York, and Ruth Pyle (née Doremus) Dey, a nurse. Her mother died when she was just 8. Susan attended Columbus Elementary School in Thornwood, New York. She later moved to Mount Kisco, New York, where she graduated from Fox Lane High School in 1970. She was a drama club member of Fox Lane High School and had parts in the school plays “Arsenic and Old Lace” and “Summer and Smoke”.
Lenny worked as an agent for Susan and soon started dating her. The love birds took their marriage vows in Nov. 1976. Their daughter, Sara Dey-Hirshan was born November 1978. But this marriage didn’t last very long and the couple filed for divorce in 1981. After the separation, Susan began dating television producer Bernard Sofronski, whom she married in 1988. Lenny remained single after the divorce and focussed on his career. He died at the age of 86, on January 31, 2014, in Beverly Hills, California, USA.
Lenny Hirshan’s Net Worth
Lenny Hirshan was a celebrated talent manager who managed the career of Clint Eastwood for several decades. He began his career in 1951 at the William Morris Agency, where he remained until he formed his own firm, Leonard Hirshan Management, in 2001. His clients included Elvis Presley, Sammy Davis, Jr., Sophia Loren, Walter Matthau, Stu Rosenberg and Angela Lansbury. In 2012, he was honored by the Talent Managers Association with the Seymour Heller Award for lifetime achievement. He had a net worth of $4 million at the time of his death.
His ex-wife, Susan Dey is a well-established actress, known for her television roles as Laurie Partridge on the sitcom The Partridge Family, and as Grace Van Owen on the drama series L.A. Law, for which she won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Series. She served as a board member of the Rape Treatment Center at UCLA Medical Center.