Katie Cassidy is the daughter of former teen idol David Cassidy, who announced on February 20 that he was diagnosed with dementia. Katie followed her father in the acting business, finding roles in Supernatural and Arrow. The 30-year-old actress plays Laurel Lance/Black Canary in the Arrowverse shows, making appearances on The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
On November 21, 2017, his publicist Jo-Ann Geffen confirmed that Cassidy has died. TMZ reported on November 18 that Cassidy was in critical condition in an induced coma with organ failure, a situation that was described as “grim.” According to TMZ, David Cassidy’s family was at his side. “We’re told David was rushed to a Florida hospital 3 days ago … and his condition has been worsening since his admission. We’re told he’s suffering from organ failure and unless he gets a liver transplant soon he could soon die. We’re also told he’s suffering from kidney failure,” the entertainment site reported.
Cassidy, who played Keith Partridge on The Partridge Family, told People Magazine that his grandfather and mother suffered from dementia as well. The 66-year-old said he saw his mother “disappear” and predicted that he too would struggle with the disease.
“In the end, the only way I knew she recognized me is with one single tear that would drop from her eye every time I walked into the room. … I feared I would end up that way,” Cassidy told the magazine. He also said that he plans to retire from performing.
Here’s a look at Katie’s life and career.
1. Katie Cassidy Wasn’t Raised by Her Father & Is an Actress & Lifestyle Blogger
David Cassidy’s daughter, Katie, followed her father into the acting business, finding roles in Supernatural and Arrow. The 30-year-old actress plays Laurel Lance/Black Canary in the Arrowverse shows, making appearances on The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. Katie Cassidy also runs a fashion and lifestyle blog called TomboyKC.
The blog says it is “focused on personal style that is, well, personal. TKC is a place for the smart, opinionated and occasionally sarcastic to join together to talk about the little things while celebrating our differences. Self-proclaimed nomads, when the girls aren’t traveling for work or buying two of everything (one apiece, you see), you can find them on Lynsey’s couch, eating pizza and drinking champagne in men’s pajamas while waxing poetic about the present state of culottes.”
The blog describes Katie as “a film and television actress best known for her roles in Gossip Girl (Juliet Sharp), Supernatural and Melrose Place. She currently stars in the hit CW television series Arrow as Laurel Lance. A Los Angeles native, soulcycle addict and lover of sushi, Katie serves as Tomboy KC’s creative director and namesake. Looking for her? Check the airport or Barney’s.”
In a 2017 interview with People Magazine, though, David Cassidy admitted that he doesn’t have contact with Katie. “I’ve never had a relationship with her,” David Cassidy told the magazine. “I wasn’t her father. I was her biological father but I didn’t raise her. She has a completely different life.” He said he was proud of her, however.
Katie was later dating a man named Matty Rodge, who she called out on Instagram on Valentine’s Day. Rodge’s Instagram account is private. The Daily Mail published photos of Cassidy vacationing in Miami with Rodge in December 2016.
Back in 2015, Katie was dating Dana Brunetti, a producer on House of Cards and Fifty Shades of Grey. However, that relationship came to an end that year and she was seen out with Thomas Taylor in January 2016. As Just Jared notes, Taylor was her personal trainer.
2. She Said That Her Dad Didn’t Help Her at the Beginning of Her Career
In a 2013 interview with The Daily Mail, Katie said that her father didn’t really help out when she was starting her career.
“I think both my parents were hesitant as they wanted me to finish school,” Katie recalled. “But then they saw how passionate and excited I was about it – it wasn’t just about getting a job, I loved the art of acting – and so they said, ‘If this is what you want to do, then do it on your own.'”
Katie’s mother is Sherry Williams, who her father never married. She has a half-brother, Beau Cassidy, from Cassidy’s marriage to Sue Shifrin. She does have two older half-sisters from Williams’ previous relationship, Jenna and Jaime. She told the Daily Mail that she didn’t watch much of her dad’s shows growing up, but was more interested in I Dream of Jeannie. She knew since she was 12 years old that she wanted to act.
“I was about 12 and we had just watched a production of Proof with Anne Heche,” she told the Daily Mail. “I turned to my mum and said, ‘I have to do this.’ I don’t know what it was, the whole experience probably, but I knew that’s what I wanted to do.”
3. She Tried Her Hand at Music By Recording a Cover of ‘I Think I Love You’
Katie also briefly explored a music career. In 2002, at age 15, she recorded a cover of “I Think I Love You,” the song her father had a hit with while on The Partridge Family. It was the only recording she’s released so far.
After her brief experiment with music, she turned to acting full time. She made her debut in a 2003 episode of The Division and found her first recurring role as Zoe on 7th Heaven in 2005. Her first film was 2006’s When A Stranger Calls.
4. She Supported Her Laurel Lance’s Death Because ‘Shock Value Is Good’
Katie is best known for playing Laurel Lance/Black Canary on Arrow, joining the show in 2012 and appearing in over 90 episodes. She also voiced Black Canary in the animated series Vixen.
When the character was killed, it was a shock to fans. But in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Katie endorsed the idea. “I’ve had such an incredible arc so it made sense to me, creatively, that we’ve told Laurel’s story. It has come to an end in the Arrow-verse,” she said.
“I was OK with it,” Katie further explained to THR. “We all came to an understanding that this was what was going to happen. I think the shock value is good. It’s such a jolt and such a turn in the story that it gives them so much more to do and places to go with it. Otherwise I feel like shows can get stale.”
5. ‘Arrow’ Producers Have Teased a Return for Laurel Lance
Since Lance’s death, Katie has appeared in the Arrowverse as Black Siren, another version of her character from a parallel universe, in The Flash and Arrow. However, Laurel Lance herself might come back from the dead. On February 13, producer Marc Guggenheim told the media about how Laurel could come back to the show, ComicBook.com reports.
“We have an idea for how to see her again, but we haven’t made a deal with her yet,” Guggenheim said. “She’s not a series regular anymore, so we have to make a contract with her and she’s got to be available, and we haven’t had those conversations. But we do have an idea. We know exactly what we do want to do.”
“You now know more than Katie does in terms of her involvement at the end of the season,” he added, reports TVLine.
Katie worked on two films that were set to be released in 2017 – Grace and Cover Versions.