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Celebrity Then And Now
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Celebrity Then And Now
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Suzanne Somers

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Famous For:
Author, Three's Company, Step by Step
Networth:
$100 Million
Currently Known For:
Inside Edition
Famous Years:
1963 - Present
Birthdate:
October 16, 1946
Suzanne Somers


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  famous for:
Author, Three's Company, Step by Step

  networth:
$100 Million

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You can go ahead and admit it, when the infomercial has Suzanne Somers in it, you might actually watch the whole thing. Somers' charming personality and natural beauty have made her a hit since she first debuted on Three's Company (1977-1984) back in the late-seventies. Whether you first discovered her on that classic sitcom or you grew up watching Step-by-Step (1991-1997), chances are you had a favorite TV actress on first sight.

"I was actually going to be a chef before I got sidetracked. I used to make deserts for restaurants as a young teenage mother to make money."

Show Them What They've Won

Suzanne Somers was born on October 16, 1946 in San Bruno, California to medical secretary Marion Elizabeth and laborer Francis Mahoney. Somers grew up in a big Irish Catholic family with three siblings. It should come as no surprise that Somers was a cheerleader during her time at Mercy High School, before going on to study at the San Francisco College for Women.

In the late 1960s, Suzanne Somers married Bruce Somers. The marriage didn't last, but the name did. Suzanne Somers just makes a better stage-name than Suzanne Mahoney.

Before becoming a famous actress, Suzanne Somers actually made her television debut on the game show Anniversary Game (1969-1970), where she was a prize model, working with game show host and future-husband Alan Hamel. Other work around this time included the iconic blonde from American Graffiti (1973), who Richard Dreyfuss falls in love with at first sight upon seeing her in a white Thunderbird. The role was a small one, but central to the film. She also featured on many of the detective and action shows of the day like The Rockford Files (1974) and The Six Million Dollar Man (1977).

Suzanne Somers was already a successful, working actress by the mid-1970s, but it was, of course, Three's Company that truly made her a star.

Chrissy Snow

Suzanne Somers landed the role of Chrissy Snow in early 1977. Other hopefuls for the role included Suzanne Zenor and Susan Lanier, who had actually both shot test pilots for the series, but producers felt that neither of these actresses quite had that magic spark that they were looking for in their Chrissy. When they saw Somers, though, they knew that they had discovered someone special. ABC president Fred Silverman had pitched Somers to the producers of the show after seeing her on The Tonight Show, and she wound up auditioning and being hired just one day before they filmed her pilot. On this third shot at kicking off Three's Company, they finally had the perfect chemistry in their leads, Somers, John Ritter and Joyce DeWitt.

Somers ultimately left Three's Company in relation to salary negotiations, and her final episodes in 1980 frequently featured her in only one minute of screentime per episode, just enough to meet her contractual obligation. Somers eventually reconciled with John Ritter, who had felt a bit betrayed by Somers' abandoning the show, but to many fans, the series never quite recovered from Somers' departure, and the network might have been wiser to simply meet her salary demands.

Somers featured in a number of movies and TV shows in the 1990s, with perhaps the most memorable being Step by Step (1991-97), a sort of modern-day take on The Brady Bunch. The show was a hit on ABC's TGIF programming block alongside shows like Perfect Strangers and Family Matters. While Somers stayed busy as an actress around this time, it may be her work endorsing the fitness gadget Thighmaster that truly helped to make her an icon of the era.

Today you need only lay on your side and rest your head on your hand to get someone to remark "Suzanne Somers!" The commercials gave birth to that iconic pose and made Suzanne Somers maybe the first real superstar of the infomercial scene, setting the stage for celebrity endorsements by people like George Foreman.

Most recently you've likely seen Suzanne Somers on Dancing with the Stars (2015), taking ninth place with partner Tony Dovolani. Or maybe you've picked up one of her books, like Ageless, which is not a typical celebrity memoir, but an exploration of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, a method used to replace decreased hormones in later age.

Today, Suzanne Somers continues to make the occasional guest appearance on television and continues to work the infomercial scene, lending her voice to a wide varieties of inventors, designers and marketers offering the public their one-of-a-kind products.

"I'm going to live to be 110 years old!"