After a protracted fight with cancer spanning several decades, beloved actress Suzanne Somers departed from this life.
Although the show made her a household figure that millions of people loved and fans eagerly anticipated each new episode, there were some behind-the-scenes dramatisations between some of the cast members.
Suzanne had a difficult connection with her co-star Joyce DeWitt, and the two eventually became adversaries. Sadly, it took them a very long time to figure things out.
They eventually got back together, but it took years. Suzanne talked candidly about her friendship with Joyce prior to her death.
On October 16, 1946, in San Bruno, California, Suzanne Marie Mahoney gave birth to Suzanne Somers.
Her father mistreated her when she was a child. The actress previously disclosed that he referred to her as “worthless” and “stupid.”
She said, “It’s not easy growing up with an alcoholic.”
Unfortunately, Suzanne had to endure the abuse for a while before she decided she could stand it no more.
“Life can fall apart at any time, or you can use it like judo, putting forward energy to win and turning the negative to your advantage,” the speaker stated.
When her father asked for her forgiveness years later, she said that going through what she had, only served to fortify her.
When she enrolled at Lone Mountain College, which is now the University of San Francisco, her life took a completely new direction. She found out she was pregnant during that period, forcing her to leave university.
After being married, Suzanne and her child’s father welcomed their son Bruce Jr.
Bruce Jr. was almost lost in an automobile accident at one time. The therapist realised Suzanne needed therapy as well when he was brought to counselling to help him get over the nightmares brought on by the accident.
He is alright. You must remain. I asked, “Why?” After her son had received counselling for a year, Somers remembered the therapist stating. She remarked, “You’re a walking apology,” at that point. I’ve never encountered someone with such a poor sense of worth.
She remarked, “I had the most unbelievable, violent, and crazy father.” “How do you start out in a closet and end up with the life I have today? That’s why I had to do this musical.”
When Suzanne was cast in a small role in the George Lucas picture American Graffiti, it was the moment that changed her life. “This is a turning point in your life. She mentioned that Lucas had informed her, “Everyone will always remember the mysterious blonde in the Thunderbird.” “Five seconds on film that will never be forgotten,” she remarked.
After landing a job at The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, where she started reading poems in front of a nationwide audience every month, she was offered the role in Three’s Company.
The part of Chrissy Snow contributed to Suzanne’s rise to fame.
When Suzanne got famous, she once raised a commotion by demanding a 500% pay increase. She requested $150,000 in lieu of her weekly salary of $30,000.
Suzanne Somers was fired rather than having her requests fulfilled.
In that same year, she told The New York Times, “I’ve been playing what I think is one of the best dumb blondes that’s ever been done, but I never got any credit.” “I performed so flawlessly that it seemed like I was a simple-minded blonde.”
Her spouse claims that the reason for her termination was to serve as a warning to other women in the profession.
“I should never have asked,” I thought to myself when I was dismissed. How come I asked? Why did I believe I could earn the same salary as men? “Who did I think I was?” the woman asked herself in 2015.
Instead of thinking, ‘Hey, come on. Of all the women on television, my demographic is the highest. On the top show, I am. I’m also doing the heavy lifting,” I said, instantly sinking to a low self-esteem. I spent a year hiding in my house in complete grief.
Suzanne found it difficult as a result since she had trouble getting a part. She told CNBC, “I was on the top show, and I couldn’t even get an interview because I was seen as trouble.”
In addition to being let go, Suzanne had to complete the fifth season of Three’s Company despite being prohibited from speaking with anyone on the set.
Eventually, Somers’ portrayal of Chrissy was replaced by Jenilee Harrison’s character, Chrissy’s cousin Cindy Snow, and Priscilla Barnes’s character, nurse Terri Alden, from 1981 until the end of the show in 1984.
In 2020, Suzanne claimed, “They painted me as she’s trying to ruin the show.” I never spoke to anyone on that show again after that. never more.
After the performance, Joyce stated of her and Suzanne’s relationship, “We had very different approaches to our careers.” We required totally different things. I was not providing sole support for a child. I didn’t understand someone who had a business head because I didn’t have one.
On Suzanne’s chat show Breaking Through, the two longtime co-stars came back together after a 30-year hiatus and talked about their divergent career paths. “I have consistently maintained that, in my perspective, Three’s Company is only noteworthy because it gave us all a chance to laugh together and celebrate joy. It’s an incredible gift, Joyce stated on the programme.
Joyce remarked, “You faced ruthlessness, and it was overcome.” “What you’ve accomplished is beyond measure.”
“I probably pissed you all off in a group of serious actors,” Suzanne said in closing.