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Suzanne Somers: A Life Remembered

From "Three's Company" to Wellness Advocate

The entertainment world mourns the loss of Suzanne Somers, the iconic actress best known for her role as Chrissy Snow in the hit sitcom “Three’s Company.” Somers, who passed away at the age of 76, had been battling an aggressive form of breast cancer for over 23 years. The actress’s representative confirmed her passing, stating that she “passed away peacefully at home in the early morning hours of October 15th.”

Somers’s career was multifaceted, spanning several decades. Beyond her memorable role in “Three’s Company,” she was recognized for her contributions as an author, with bestsellers such as “Sexy Forever,” “Knockout,” and “Ageless.” Her entrepreneurial spirit was evident in her partnership with ThighMaster, which transformed her into a fitness icon. The actress’s early career included roles in George Lucas’s Oscar-nominated film “American Graffiti” and TV shows like “One Day at a Time,” “The Love Boat,” and “Starsky and Hutch.”

Her dedication to her craft was evident in her portrayal of Chrissy Snow. Somers once mentioned her efforts to bring depth to the character, ensuring that the “dumb blonde” stereotype was both likable and relatable. Her tenure on “Three’s Company” came to an end in 1981, following a dispute over equal pay. Reflecting on the incident, Somers highlighted the challenges she faced as a woman in the industry, advocating for equal pay and opportunities.

Post “Three’s Company,” Somers’s career took various turns. She became a popular entertainer in Las Vegas, earning the title of Las Vegas Female Entertainer of the Year alongside Frank Sinatra in 1987. Her TV roles included Sheriff Hildy Granger in “She’s the Sheriff” and Carol Foster Lambert in “Step by Step.” Additionally, she hosted “The Suzanne Show” on Lifetime, focusing on health and wellness trends.

Outside her acting career, Somers was a prominent figure in the wellness space. She became synonymous with the ThighMaster, an at-home workout device. Her dedication to health and wellness extended to her personal life, where she emphasized the importance of organic food and toxic-free products.

Somers’s personal life was filled with love and support. Married to television host Alan Hamel for 46 years, the couple shared a deep bond. Somers often spoke about their relationship, emphasizing their closeness and mutual respect. The couple took pride in their family, which includes their son Bruce and three granddaughters: Camelia, Violet, and Daisy.

As fans and the entertainment industry remember Suzanne Somers, her legacy as an actress, author, entrepreneur, and advocate will undoubtedly live on. Her resilience in the face of adversity and her commitment to her craft and beliefs have left an indelible mark on the world.

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