Suzanne Somers, ‘Three’s Firm’ and ‘Step by Step’ star, useless at 76


Suzanne Somers, who grew to become a family title after starring on the vastly common TV sitcom “Three’s Firm,” died Sunday morning at her Palm Springs house. She was 76.

Somers died of most cancers simply someday shy of her 77th birthday, the actor’s spokesperson R. Couri Hay mentioned.

“Suzanne Somers handed away peacefully at house within the early morning hours of Oct. 15. She survived an aggressive type of breast most cancers for over 23 years,” Hay mentioned in an announcement offered to the Instances that was shared on behalf of the actor’s household.

“Suzanne was surrounded by her loving husband Alan [Hamel] , her son Bruce, and her fast household,” the assertion learn. “Her household was gathered to rejoice her 77th birthday on Oct. 16. As a substitute, they’ll rejoice her extraordinary life, and wish to thank her thousands and thousands of followers and followers who beloved her dearly.”

Somers performed Chrissy Snow — the bubbling blond secretary — on “Three’s Firm,” alongside John Ritter and Joyce DeWitt from 1977 to 1981. She was dropped in the course of the present’s fifth season after a extensively publicized wage dispute, through which she reportedly requested for a increase from $30,000 an episode to $150,000, which might equal the pay of her male co-star Ritter.

The actor, who was born in San Bruno, Calif., in 1946, would then go on to star within the ABC sitcom “Step by Step” alongside Patrick Duffy. The present ran from 1991 to 1997.

Somers headlined a Las Vegas present within the Eighties on the Las Vegas Hilton. In keeping with the actor, she carried out “2 two-hour reveals, 7 nights per week.”. She reprised her function as Vegas entertainer in 2015 with the cabaret present “Suzanne Sizzles.”

Within the Nineteen Nineties her profession grew to become much less about appearing and extra concerned with promoting her signature merchandise, together with train equipment — most famously, the ThighMaster —jewellery, sugarless candies and food regimen books.

In 2001, Somers revealed that she had been recognized with breast most cancers within the earlier yr. In an interview with The Instances, she mentioned she had surgical procedure and radiation remedy, however declined to comply with medical recommendation that she even have chemotherapy, electing as an alternative to endure homeopathic remedies.

Somers introduced earlier this yr that her breast most cancers had returned.

“I had breast most cancers 20 years in the past, and once in a while it pops up once more, and I proceed to bat it down,” she mentioned in an announcement. “I’ve used the perfect different and traditional remedies to fight it. This isn’t new territory for me. I understand how to placed on my battle gear and I’m a fighter.”

Following her preliminary most cancers analysis, Somers reworked a modest licensing enterprise — first launched within the late Eighties with the ThighMaster — into a worldwide merchandising machine. She wrote greater than a dozen books, on vitamin, on mixing households, on growing older and on surviving alcoholism. “The Horny Years,” her first guide on bioidentical hormones, printed in 2004, bought one million copies within the first three months. Her 2007 guide, “Ageless,” debuted at No. 1 on the New York Instances bestseller listing and stayed there for six weeks.

Somers’ embrace of, reliance on and public advocacy for different medicines and coverings, which most notably manifested in her most cancers remedy, was criticized by medical teams, together with the American Most cancers Society.

The “She’s the Sheriff” actor received her begin in present enterprise within the late Nineteen Sixties. Her first credited function was within the 1968 Steve McQueen movie “Bullitt.” She later gained extra fame for her very small, however notable look in George Lucas’ 1973 film “American Graffiti.”

She appeared in a number of TV sequence all through the Seventies, equivalent to “The Rockford Recordsdata,” “Starsky and Hutch” and “The Six Million Greenback Man,” earlier than she landed her breakout function in “Three’s Firm.”


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